UNLV: An experienced returning starter who is listed No. 1 at the middle linebacker position heading into fall ... A team leader who was named preseason Third Team All-MW by Phil Steele's and fourth team by Athlon ... Selected to represent the UNLV defense at the 2016 Mountain West Conference Media Days held in Las Vegas.
2015: Started all 12 games at middle linebacker and led the squad with 85 total tackles ... Tied for third on the team with 3.5 TFL ... Also added one sack, four pass breakups and a forced fumble ... Turned in arguably the biggest play of the year for the Rebels when he grabbed his lone interception of the season and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown to help UNLV defeat UNR on the road, 23-17, in Game Five ... Named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 5 for his efforts ... Also was voted the 2016 winner of the Bill Ireland Award, which is annually given to the student-athlete who turns in the most impressive performance against UNR as part of the Governor's Series competition ... Posted six tackles in the season opener at NIU and followed that up with eight takedowns vs. No. 13 UCLA in Game Two ... Finished with a career-high 12 tackles vs. his former team, SJSU, in Game Six ... Also hit double figures with 10 TT at Fresno State the following week and finished the season with eight more at Wyoming.
2014: A late signee who went on to earn his first letter for the Rebels by playing in all 13 games, starting the final nine ... Finished fourth on the team with 70 total tackles, including one QB sack.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Transferred and spent the 2013 season at College of the Canyons located in Santa Clarita, CA ... Played in 11 games for coach Ted Iacenda ... Totaled 75 tackles, three QB sacks, six TFL, two forced fumbles and one interception for the Cougars.
SAN JOSE STATE: Signed with the then-WAC school in 2012 and redshirted the season for the Spartans.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of St. Francis HS in La Canada, CA ... Played linebacker and tight end for coach Jim Bonds ... 2011 Mission League Co-Most Valuable Lineman ... Third on his team in tackles and pass receiving as a senior after posting 86 tackles, nine pass breakups and an interception ... Also finished with 23 catches for 308 yards and two touchdowns ... Concluded his career in the 2012 Los Angeles Daily News All-Star Game.
PERSONAL: Ryan McAleenan was born March 11, 1994, in Santa Monica ... The son of Michael and Sharon McAleenan ... Older brother Kevin McAleenan played football at Amherst College ... Also has an older sister, Kristen ... Majoring in communication studies.