Ryan attended St. Ignatius High School in Ohio where he helped lead the program to a state championship as a junior. He tallied 104 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and eight sacks on his way to All-Ohio honors a senior. Ryan comes from a long line of football players as his grandfather played defensive tackle at Xavier and his father was a wide receiver at Wake Forest.
Ryan redshirted at Michigan in 2010. In 2011 Ryan made ESPN.com and BTN.com’s All-Freshman Team for the Big Ten. He started 11 games and participated in all 13 either at linebacker or defensive end. Ryan finished 2011 with 37 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries.
In 2012 Ryan earned a spot on the All-Big Ten second team as selected by the media. He led the Wolverines in total tackles with 88, tackles for loss with 16 and sacks with 4.5. His 16 tackle for loss were the third most in the Big Ten. Ryan’s four forced fumbles tied a program record. He was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Illinois that featured 11 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.
In 2013 Ryan was limited by an ACL injury he suffered during spring practice but still played in eight games, starting five. The team captain finished with 30 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.
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