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  Ryan Wells
Ryan Wells

Player Profile

Middletown, OH

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 195



Career: Finished his Cardinal career as the school's all-time leading kickoff return specialist ... Started 30 games in his career at wide receiver ... Four-year letter-winner ... Caught 78 passes for 1,032 yards (13.1 ypc) and six touchdowns ... As a kickoff return specialist, he established school records with 91 returns for 2,010 yards (22.1 average) ... Set single season records in kickoff returns (36 in 2002), season kickoff return yards (715 in 2002).

The 2002 Season: Named the Team MVP as a fifth-year senior ... Started all 11 games at flanker ... Caught 23 passes for 231 yards and one TD ... Set single season records in kickoff returns with 36 and kickoff return yards with 715 ... Scored his only touchdown of the season on a six-yard pass from Kyle Matter vs. USC ... In addition to being voted by his teammates at team MVP, he was also selected as one of three team captains along with winning the Al Masters Award, which is given to the "player displaying the highest degree of leadership and respect of his teammates," and the Phil Moffat Award as the outstanding offensive special teams player.

The 2001 Season: Stanford's starting wide receiver and one of the team's top kickoff return specialists ... Started all 12 games in 2001 despite being slowed at times with a knee injury ... Caught 31 passes for 519 yards (16.7 ypc) and three touchdowns while returning 18 kickoffs for 389 yards (21.6 ypr) ... Had three catches for over 50 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown in the season opener vs. Boston College, a 50-yard reception at Oregon and a 52-yarder against UCLA ... He began the year against Boston College by catching six passes for 138 yards and two TDs ... Along with his 69 yard TD vs. BC, he also scored on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Randy Fasani ... The following week, Wells caught his third TD pass of the year on a six-yard reception vs. Arizona State ... Season-best kickoff return was a 44-yarder against Arizona ... Earned Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors.

The 2000 Season: Started seven games at flanker and was the team's top kickoff return specialist ... He was second on the team with 19 receptions for 201 yards (10.6 ypc) and two touchdowns ... Returned 22 kickoffs for 494 yards and a 22.5 yard average ... He was fourth in the Pac-10 and 40th in the nation in kickoff return average ... He established a new career best when he returned a kickoff 80 yards at Oregon State ... Had five catches for 57 yards vs. UCLA, including a 19-yard TD reception ... The following week, he caught four balls for 47 yards and one TD against Arizona State ... That touchdown came on a 26-yard halfback pass from Kerry Carter ... It was also his longest reception of the season.

The 1999 Season: Emerged in 1999 as one of the top kickoff return specialists in the nation ... Valuable member of Stanford's receiving corps ... Used in a reserve role at wide receiver ... Caught five passes for 72 yards as well as leading the team with 15 kickoff returns for 412 yards and a 27.5 average ... Ranked third in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally in kickoff return average ... His kickoff return average was the sixth best single season mark in school history ... Had a season and career long 60-yard return at Arizona State ... Also had returns of 47-yards at Washington and 40-yards at USC ... Had a 46-yard reception from Todd Husak in the season opener at Texas.

The 1998 Season: Redshirted the 1998 season as a true freshman.

In High School: Caught 40 passes for 510 yards, rushed 65 times for 490 yards and scored 12 total touchdowns as a senior at Middletown High School in Ohio ... He played quarterback, running back and wide receiver in high school ... PrepStar named him an All-American while SuperPrep selected him to its All-Midwest Team ... Two-time First-Team All-Area, All-Butler County and All-League ... Chosen to play in the Big-33 Classic featuring the top players in Ohio and Pennsylvania ... Four-time Academic All-League selection ... Had 40 receptions his junior season ... Played wide receiver and quarterback as a junior ... Played baseball for two years and basketball and track for one year in HS ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.

Personal Information:Political science major ... Cousin of Georgeann Wells, a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the first woman to dunk a basketball.

Wells' Career Statistics

Year Rec Yds Avg TD Lg KOR Yds Avg TD Lg

1999 5 72 14.4 0 46 15 412 27.5 0 60

2000 19 201 10.6 2 26 22 494 22.5 0 80

2001 31 519 16.7 3 69 18 389 21.6 0 44

2002 23 231 10.0 1 21 36 715 19.9 0 38

Totals 78 1,032 13.1 6 69 91 2,010 22.1 0 80