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    James Ryan
    79 James Ryan
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Batavia, Ill.

    High School:
    Batavia

    Height / Weight:
    6-5 / 315

    Position:
    OL

    Birthdate:
    03/19/1985

    Experience:
    2-2

    updated 2/06


    2005: Started all 11 games at right guard ... Was in on 641 offensive snaps and 43 special teams plays ... Helped the Illini post 538 yards of total offense against Wisconsin ... Led the Illini to a perfect 18-for-18 in the redzone through the first four games ... Blocked for two 200-yard rushing games vs. Rutgers and San Jose State.

    2004: Member of the UI squad ... Appeared in seven games and 25 plays on the offensive line.

    2003: Redshirted ... Selected as the scout team Offensive Player of the Year.

    High School: Preseason All-America selection on the offensive line as a senior ... Four-year varsity letterwinner ... Ranked among the top-25 offensive linemen in the country and the No. 22 guard in the country by Rivals.com ... Four-year starter at Batavia High School ... Made the Sun-Times Top-100 Chicago Area recruit list ... A two-time captain and the only junior to be elected captain in the last 25 years ... Three-time all-conference and all-area pick ... Two-way starter as a prep ... Recorded 136 tackles, 32 tackles-for-loss and five forced fumbles as a defensive lineman ... Also an outstanding wrestler ... Was an all-state selection at 275 pounds, finishing eighth as a junior ... Earned 12 letters in high school ... High school coach was Mike Gaspari.

    Personal: Full given name is James Christopher Ryan ... Son of Jim and Robin Ryan ... Born March 19, 1985 ... Majoring in leisure studies ...Has one brother ... Grandfather, Donald Ryan, played football at Notre Dame ... Cousin, Katie Ryan, played volleyball at DePaul ... Lists Bruce Smith as his favorite athlete.

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