2015 (R-Jr.): Played in all 12 games with five starts at linebacker … ranked fourth on the team with 67 tackles … notched at least three tackles in every game … tallied a season-best 10 stops at No. 16 Texas A&M on Sept. 12 … recovered a fumble early in the game at No. 17 Northwestern on Sept. 26 which led to a Ball State field goal … forced a first quarter fumble at Western Michigan on Nov. 5.
2014 (R-So.): Started all 12 games to earn second letter … career-high 15 tackles versus Eastern Michigan … finished the season with double-digit tackle totals in the final four games -- Northern Illinois (13), Massachusetts (14), Eastern Michigan (15) and Bowling Green (10) … also had 10 tackles at Iowa … career-high 2.5 tackles for loss versus Eastern Michigan … one sack versus EMU … career-best two forced fumbles versus Eastern Michigan … first career interception versus Akron and returned it 27 yards … one fumble recovery at Toledo … led the Cardinals in tackles and tied for team-high honors in tackles for loss … led the team in tackles in each of the final four games of the season.
2013 (R-Fr.): Made first career start in the season opener versus Illinois State … started 12 games to earn first letter and scholarship … third on the team with seven tackles versus Illinois State … first career tackle for loss and first career pass break-up versus Illinois State … led team with season-high 11 tackles versus Army … tied season high with 11 tackles at Northern Illinois … second on the team with seven tackles at North Texas … third on the team with 10 tackles at Eastern Michigan … credited with first career sacks with 1.5 at Eastern Michigan … seven tackles and first career fumble recovery versus Toledo … seven tackles at Virginia … seven tackles, including one tackle for loss versus Kent State … first career fumble forced versus Kent State and second at Akron.
2012 (Fr.): Redshirted as a walk-on.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters in football for coach Chuck Kyle at St. Ignatius … helped team to a 13-2 overall record as a senior … helped team to a state title as a senior … all-conference second team as a senior … managed 138 total tackles, including 70 solo tackles as a senior … registered nine sacks as a senior and 18 sacks in career … totaled 240 tackles, including 90 solos, in career … named St. Ignatius' Most Valuable Linebacker as a senior.
PERSONAL: Son of Tim and Sue Ryan … three brothers … father played football at Wake Forest … brother, Connor, was a senior captain on the 2013 Ball State football team and played four seasons for the Cardinals … brother, Jake, played collegiate football at Michigan and now competes for the Green Bay Packers … born Jan. 20, 1994, in Fairview, Ohio … full name is Zachary Francis Ryan.
|SINGLE-GAME HIGHS [all-time ranking]:
All-purpose yards: 27, Akron, 10/25/2014
Interceptions: 1 [t-8th], Akron, 10/25/2014
Long interception return: 27, Akron, 10/25/2014
Tackles: 15 [t-5th], Eastern Michigan, 11/22/2014 (7-8)
Sacks: 1.5, at Eastern Michigan, 9/21/2013 (1-1)
Tackles for loss: 2.5 [t-8th], Eastern Michigan, 11/22/2014 (2-0)
Fumbles forced: 2 [t-1st], Eastern Michigan, 11/22/2014
Fumbles recovered: 1 [t-4th], at TOLEDO, 09/20/14 ; Toledo, 9/28/2013 ; at Northwestern, Sep 26, 2015
Pass breakups: 1, 4 times