AS A SENIOR: Reserve center for Irish in 2001 . . .played in all 11 games for the Irish, mostly on special teams. . .did play 38 seconds at center vs. Tennessee…also saw some action at center vs. Navy.
AS A JUNIOR: Top backup at right offensive guard in 2000 . . . played on special teams in all 12 games and
on offensive line vs. Navy and Rutgers and vs. Oregon State in 2001
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl . . . made 60 regular-season special teams
to win a monogram, then one more in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in first career game vs. Kansas in '99 . . .
also saw action vs. Michigan State, Arizona State, Navy, Pittsburgh and
Stanford . . . made first career start vs. Boston College, filling in for
injured Jim Jones at left guard.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as
Irish rookie in '98, though he served as backup center much of last half
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 72nd best player nationally
by The Sporting News . . . rated one of top 100 players nationally by
Dallas Morning News . . . USA Today honorable mention All-America pick . .
. earned three letters in football as offensive and defensive lineman at
Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. . . . Pennsylvania
all-state pick in '97 for large school division (Class AAAA and AAA) . . .
made 81 tackles in '97 on defense, with four sacks and three fumble
recoveries . . . played both guard and tackle on offense in '97 though he
was injured during early portion of senior campaign . . . captain of team
and MVP as senior . . . three-time all-league pick . . . had 51 solo
tackles, 13 assists, two sacks as junior . . . '97 selection to Fabulous
team by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . . . selected for Ohio-Pennsylvania Big
all-star game . . . father Phil is 1968 Notre Dame graduate who proposed
his mother Angie at a '69 Notre Dame football game . . . alumnus of Notre
Dame football camp . . . top-notch skier who has competed in slalom and
downhill events . . . full name is Ryan Patrick Scarola . . . younger of
two children . . . born 12-3-79 in Pittsburgh . . . enrolled in College
Arts and Letters with psychology major . . . earned 3.307 grade-point
average during 2000 fall semester.