Ryan Claridge
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Ryan Claridge

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Almont, Mich.

High School:
Almont HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 250

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
04/12/1981

Experience:
3L

2004 PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-MWC

UNLV: A supremely athletic honors candidate who will start again at inside linebacker this fall ... An NFL prospect who was named preseason First Team All-MWC by Phil Steele's and second team by Athlon ... Ranked the No. 4 LB in the MWC by College Football News and the No. 22 player overall in the league by CFN ... Already holds school and Mountain West Conference record for career forced fumbles with nine ... Sits first on the team with 9.5 career sacks and second in career tackles with 206 ... Formerly the only multi-sport student-athlete at UNLV as he was a member of the nationally ranked Rebel tennis team in 2001 ... Brother, Travis, was an All-American for John Robinson at USC and plays OL for the Carolina Panthers ...

2003: Honorable mention All-MWC ... Tied for fifth in MWC with three forced fumbles ... Led UNLV and tied for sixth in the league with career-high 5.5 QB sacks ... Led the team with seven tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception at New Mexico ... Played a monster game against BYU, recording six tackles, one sack and a fumble forced ... Turned in a season-best 13 tackles at Air Force ... Recorded one sack and one pass breakup at Wisconsin, plus added a forced fumble ...

2002: Missed entire season because of abdominal injury that was finally diagnosed as a sports hernia ...

2001: Voted second team All-MWC by league's media and honorable mention by coaches ... Started all 11 games at MLB and finished second on squad with 71 tackles ... Second on team with eight tackles for loss ... Forced six fumbles, which was one short of the UNLV single-season record and ranked first in the MWC and second in the nation ...

2000: A January enrollee who went on to play in all 13 games at middle linebacker as a newcomer ... Was thrust into starting role after defensive leader James Sunia suffered a season-ending injury in Game Five ... Started seven of the team's final eight games at MLB ... Had team season-high 12 tackles during first career start at CSU ... Missed almost entire game vs. UNM with an injury suffered at Utah ... Finished fourth on team with 59 total tackles, including three for loss during regular season ... Tied for third with two sacks for nine yards ... Also broke up three passes ... Added six tackles, including one for loss, in Las Vegas Bowl IX ...

HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Almont HS ... A multi-sport star for the Raiders ... Lettered three times each in tennis and football and also competed in basketball and track & field ... Named the Blue Water Athlete of the Year after earning first team all-state honors in both football and tennis ... Rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior ... Named first team all-conference and league MVP ...

PERSONAL: Ryan Quinlan Claridge was born on April 12, 1981, in Rochester, MI ... The son of Bill Claridge and Denise Kopp ... The younger brother of former standout USC offensive lineman Travis Claridge, who was recruited to Troy by John Robinson and was a 2000 second-round draft choice by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons ... Has volunteered as a coach in both tennis and football at his prep alma mater ... Majoring in education.

ROBINSON SAYS: "Ryan Claridge is an explosive athlete to go along with his great natural ability and now formidable experience. That combination gives him a chance to be a pass-rushing force for us. I have no doubt that he will have a big senior year and go onto an NFL career."

CLARIDGE'S DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR	UT	AT	TOT	TFL	SACK	FF
2003	36	40	76	12-62	5.5-53	3
2001	38	33	71	8-26	2.0-19	6
2000	32	27	59	3-11	2.0-9	0
TOTAL	106	100	206	23-99	9.5-81	9
 
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