Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses Regular-Season Finale At Marshall
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming UCF Game
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Southern Miss Game
Pirates-Midshipmen Set For 3:30 p.m. Kickoff
Successfully made the transition from a primary placekicking reserve to exclusive service as the Pirates' top punter and kickoff specialist ... Handled both duties in an efficient and consistent manner during first campaign and is expected to serve ECU in the same capacity in 2011 ... Possesses plenty of leg strength and exhibits composure in pivotal situations, despite a lack of experience in particular role ... Officially joined the program as a walk-on in the spring of 2008 and was pressed into action as a placekicker on a limited basis during early and mid-portions of the first two years because of nagging injuries to Ben Hartman ... Punted three times for a 35.7 average against blustery winds during the 2011 Purple-Gold Game April 16.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics 2010: Handled all 53 of ECU's punts, netting 2,090 yards - an average of 39.4 yards per attempt ... Booted each of the Pirates' 85 kickoffs, totaling 5,412 yards and an average of 63.7 yards per kick ... Dropped 14 punts inside the 20-yard line and induced 12 fair catches ... On kickoff s, tallied five touchbacks with a season-high two against the North Carolina (one versus Memphis, N.C. State and UCF) ... Boomed a career-long 59 yard punt in the second quarter at UNC (also served as his first punt of over 50 yards) ... Had two additional punts of 50 or more yards (51/Southern Miss, 50/N.C. State) ... Averaged a personal-high 43.0 yards per boot versus Tulsa and was just behind with a 42.8 yard average versus N.C. State ... Placed a career-best three punts inside the 20-yard line versus the Tar Heels and Marshall ... Season high of six punts and 246 yards occurred at North Carolina ... Pinned the Wolfpack inside the 20-yard line twice and Memphis, Southern Miss, Navy, UAB, SMU and Maryland once ... Induced a career-best four fair catches on punts at UAB ... Recorded two fair catches on punts versus Memphis and North Carolina while netting single fair catches against Virginia Tech, N.C. State, UCF and Rice ... Tallied two touchbacks on punts, both in the opener against Tulsa ... Set career high with 10 kickoffs at UAB while booting eight versus Tulsa, Memphis, Southern Miss and Marshall ... Totaled 657 kickoff yards versus the Blazers to establish personal-best mark ... Best kickoff average came at UCF (69.8) and was close behind at North Carolina (69.2) ... Against the Knights, attempted the first two on-side kicks of career with the Pirates recovering one ... Forced first career fumble against Navy, knocking the ball away from Marcus Thomas on a first-quarter kickoff return ... Credited with five tackles during the season, all on kickoff returns (North Carolina, Southern Miss, N.C. State, Navy and SMU) ... Named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention punter for Week 5 and kickoff specialist for Week 9.2009 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Experienced action in four games as a placekicker and kickoff specialist ... Converted all 10 extra-point attempts with a career-high seven against Rice ... Knocked through lone extra-point try at SMU and went two-of-two in the season opener vs. Appalachian State ... Missed both of field goal attempts, getting a 42-yard try at SMU blocked and missing wide right on a 38-yarder against Rice ... Kicked off three times against the Owls for a total of 184 yards (61.3 ypk) ... Handled six of the team's nine kickoffs at Tulsa, finishing with an average of 66.7 yards per boot ... Recorded his first career tackle on a kickoff return by the Golden Hurricane's Damaris Johnson in the second quarter. 2008 Game-by-Game Statistics
2008: Was the Pirates' top placekicker in the first three games while subbing for an injured Hartman ... Went nine-of-10 in extra-point attempts, missing only during ECU's season-opening upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech in Charlotte ... Went three-of-three in PATs in wins against West Virginia and Tulane to help Pirates to a No. 14 national ranking ... Converted one-of-three FG tries, booting a 42-yarder against the No. 8 Mountaineers.
2007: Earned roster position after walk-on tryouts ... Redshirted during initial year in Pirate program.
High School: Connected on 22-of-29 field goals during four-year, letter-winning prep career at Forest Hills HS ... Was nine-of-11 as a freshman and sophomore, which included two game-winners ... Hit five-of-seven FGs during junior year and was eight-of-11 as a senior ... A three-year first-team all-county selection for coach John Lowery ... Helped lead Yellow Jackets to a pair of conference titles and state semifinal appearances during junior and senior seasons ... Was also a part of state quarterfinal showings during freshman and sophomore campaigns ... Also earned letters in soccer, swimming and track ... Was a four-time all-conference, all-county and team MVP choice as a soccer standout ... Named (soccer) county defensive player-of-the-year and was overall player-of-the-year as a senior ... A two-time state qualifier in swimming (50/100 freestyle) and a two-time all-region qualifier in track (400/800 meters).
Personal: Full name is Benjamin Warwick Ryan ... Born October 24, 1988 at Pineville, N.C. ... Son of Marq and Hilda Ryan ... A health fitness specialist major ... Hobbies include playing the guitar, cooking and body building ... Favorite all-time Pirate is David Garrard ... Lists Christiano Ronaldo as top pro athlete to follow ... Plays the (acoustic) guitar ... Says walking out on a glacier in Switzerland during a trip to Europe is the most ridiculous thing he's ever done.