|| Chris Ryan
Has participated in football and track at Stanford ... Member of the Cardinal football program the past two seasons as a reserve wide receiver ... Ran track for the Cardinal in 2003 ... Will compete for playing time in 2004 as a backup receiver ... Came to Stanford as one of the top prep receivers in the state of Texas out of high school.
The 2003 Season: Not able to play in '03 due to a hamstring injury.
The 2002 Season: Redshirted the season as a wide receiver.
In Track: Member of the Cardinal track team in 2003 ... Competed in the 400 meters
In High School: One of the top prep players in the state of Texas in 2001 ... Played wide receiver for Highland Park High School in Dallas ... Caught 46 passes for 946 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... Averaged over 20 yards per catch ... Named First-Team All-District and Second-Team Academic All-State following his senior season ... His team won the district, area and regional championship in '01 before losing in the state quarterfinals ... Also an outstanding track athlete ... Two-time regional qualifier in the 800 and mile relay ... Posted a 400 split time of 48.9 and a career best of 1:59 in the 800 ... Named the team's Most Outstanding Runner and Team Captain as a senior ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Received the Doak Walker Scholarship as one of Highland Park's outstanding student-athletes.
Personal Information: Undeclared major.
Getting to Know: Chris Ryan
Nickname: Flip, Nolan, Coach Margerum sometimes calls me Quad
I would describe myself as a person as: intense
The reason I love football is: It's the highest aim of my demographic and therefore the biggest challenge
For me to improve as a person, I need to: stop pulling muscles
My favorite pre-game ritual is: lying on my back and playing catch with myself
My greatest athletic moment is: catching a touchdown in Texas Stadium in front of 25,000 people
A friend from another college football team is: Kyle Williams, USC
The reason I chose Stanford University is: excellence in academics and athletics
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: college is humbling
The best thing about Stanford is: the people
My favorite class at Stanford is: Fiction Writing
The sports team I followed when I was younger: Highland Park Scots
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: Grant Sumner
The athlete I admire most is: Alexander Webb, SMU quarterback
The person I admire most is: my dad
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: me, catching a touchdown to win the national championship
Favorite musical group or performer: Nelson Hunt
If I were not playing college football, I would be: a rock star
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: inspiring
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: Jesus Christ
Hobbies: guitar, power yoga, drama, reading
My advice to youngsters: don't grow up
My most prized possession: my guitar
The one thing about college football I would change: eliminate lower body weight lifting (for me)