AS A JUNIOR: Irish reserve linebacker in 2001 . . .played on special teams vs. Navy, Stanford, and Purdue.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared on special teams in all
11 games, making 90 appearances to win a monogram . . . played in first
career game vs. Texas A&M . . . played at linebacker vs. Texas A&M,
Nebraska, Michigan State, West Virginia and Boston College, mostly in
goal-line situations . . . made first career tackle on special teams
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see action as rookie inside
linebacker in '99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-time Montana Class
defensive player of the year . . . USA Today honorable mention All-America
pick . . . named Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Football Player
of the Year in '98 for Montana at Billings West High School in Billings,
Mont. . . . won four letters in football as linebacker, receiver and
quarterback . . . honorable mention pick on Las Vegas Sun Super 11 team .
. helped team to 10-1 record in '98 and its second straight Class AA state
title (the first two in school history) . . . made 179 tackles in '98, 156
of them solo efforts, 18 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 24 quarterback
hurries, nine caused fumbles, five recoveries, seven passes broken up and
one interception . . . finished second in state in receiving in '98 with
catches for 626 yards and four touchdowns . . . helped team to 29-22 win
state championship game by making 20 tackles . . . also played tight end
and quarterback (started twice there as junior) in high school . . .
accumulated more than 300 tackles in junior and senior seasons combined .
. captain of team as senior . . . two-time all-state and three-time
all-league pick . . . set school records for tackles in a game (20),
(179 as senior) and career (425) . . . selected for Montana Shrine Bowl
Montana-North Dakota all-star games . . . won two letters in track and
field as junior and senior and two in tennis as freshman and sophomore . .
. father Bill is 1965 Notre Dame graduate . . . brother Casey will be
senior on University of Montana football team in 2001 . . . first Montana
native to play for Irish since Dean Studer (Billings), who played in
1954-56 and started at halfback in '55 . . . attended Notre Dame summer
football camp . . . full name is Patrick Walter Ryan . . . fourth oldest
six children . . . born 1-22-81 in Billings, Mont. . . . enrolled in
Mendoza College of Business.