Rugged defensive end whose stock improved dramatically last season ... fierce competitiveness allows for production, despite smallish frame ... boasts excellent work ethic ... consistent performer capable of stuffing enemy running attack ... plays game with great deal of energy ... considered a "master technician" by coaching staff ... held down backup role at defensive end position majority of junior season ... impressed new coaching staff with passion for game ... holds down backup spot on depth chart at right defensive end position entering preseason camp ... expected to contribute greatly once again this fall ... letterman.
2003: Drew reserve duty in campaign's first seven contests ... made initial career start at Cincinnati, subbing for injured Odene Brathwaite ... responded with career-high seven tackles, including first career tackle for loss, versus Bearcats ... returned to lead cast following three weeks against UAB, Air Force and Houston ... appeared in 12 games overall ... collected four starting assignments ... missed only Hawai'i contest due to injury ... closed year with 31 tackles ... recorded six stops during season finale against Navy ... notched five tackles versus Houston ... finished with four hits in loss at Air Force ... recorded three stops against Tulane for first tackles of collegiate career ... added two stops following week versus USF ... chipped in with two tackles against Louisville ... credited with single hits versus TCU and East Carolina.
2002: Did not appear in a varsity contest.
2001: Did not appear in a varsity contest.
High School: Second team all-state selection at Berwick High in Berwick, Pa. ... played for head coach George Curry at legendary prep program ... All-Anthracite choice ... named conference "Defensive Player of the Year" as a senior ... three-time letterwinner ... team captain during senior campaign ... registered 100 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 14 sacks that season.
Personal: Born Aug. 8, 1983 ... given name is Ryan Richard Johnson ... parents' names are Richard and Jennifer Johnson ... majoring in Systems Engineering.