Ryan Reynolds (American football)
Reynolds in 2009.
|High school||Las Vegas (NV) Gorman|
|Date of birth||September 20, 1986|
|Place of birth||Lake Havasu City, Arizona|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||321 lb (146 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ryan Reynolds (born September 20, 1986) is a former linebacker for the Oklahoma Sooners. He was a four-year standout in football and judo in high school, both at Lake Havasu High School in Arizona and at Bishop Gorman High School in Summerlin, Nevada, where he was recognized nationally.
High school career
Reynolds was a four-year letterman, two years at Lake Havasu High School and two years at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. He showed his athleticism and versatility, playing linebacker and defensive back on defense and tight end and fullback on offense.He was also a state wrestling champion and a five-time national judo champion. A View Newspaper article called Reynolds the 'most highly recruited high school football player in Nevada history'.
As a senior, he recorded 94 tackles (including 12 tackles for loss) and 6 sacks to go along with his junior year totals of 96 tackles and 6 sacks. As a junior, he also ran for a career best 393 yards from his fullback position. He was recognized at the Palo Alto Nike training camp in 2004 for his performance in their SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, and Quickness) test. He scored higher on the test than any player in the Camp's history.
As a senior, he was a USA Today first team All-American, a Parade All-American (a publication that also recognized him as the top linebacker in the country), a U.S. Army All-American, and Nevada's Gatorade player of the year. Rivals.com and ESPN.com both ranked him the No. 2 outside LB in the nation. He was a consensus top 30 player nationally and Rivals.com placed him as the best player in the state of Nevada. He was also selected as the Las Vegas Sun state defensive player of the year. Reynolds was awarded the 2005 Walter Payton Trophy at the US Army All-American Bowl awards dinner.
At Bishop Gorman, Reynolds was a high school teammate of fellow OU Sooner DeMarco Murray.
2005 and 2006 seasons
2007 and 2008 seasons
In December, 2009, the NCAA denied Reynolds his request to play a sixth year due to injuries.
Reynolds told a reporter at the completion of his college career that he had no interest in pursuing an NFL career, after they told him that they had no interest.
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