DeMeco Ryans

DeMeco Ryans (/dɪˈmiːkoʊ/; born July 28, 1984) is a former American football linebacker and current Linebackers Coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football for the University of Alabama, and received unanimous All-American honors. He was chosen by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and was recognized as the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006. He was selected to two Pro Bowls before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, where he spent four seasons.

DeMeco Ryans
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Ryans with the Houston Texans in 2010
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Linebackers coach
Personal information
Born:July 28, 1984 (age 34)
Bessemer, Alabama
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Bessemer (AL) Jess Lanier
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:971
Sacks:13.5
Forced fumbles:7
Fumble recoveries:10
Interceptions:7
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Ryans was born in Bessemer, Alabama. He attended Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer, where he played high school football. In his senior season, he had 135 tackles, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ryans was listed as the No. 39 inside linebacker prospect in the nation from the class of 2002.[1] He picked Alabama over Mississippi State.

College career

Ryans attended the University of Alabama, where he played outside linebacker for coach Mike Shula's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 2002 to 2005. Ryans started his career by earning a role on special teams and back up linebacker in his first season. By making great improvements every year in his college career, Ryans went on to become the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year for his performance in 2005. Later on, Ryans attributed much of his college success to his defensive coordinator at Alabama, Joe Kines. He was named the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic defensive MVP in their 13-10 win over Texas Tech. Following his 2005 senior season, he received the Lott Trophy for his combination of athletic excellence and off-the-field achievements, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.

College awards and honors

Professional career

2006 NFL Draft

Ryans was selected with the first pick of the 2nd round (33rd overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Texans. He was the highest selected Alabama linebacker since Dwayne Rudd went 20th overall to the Minnesota Vikings in 1997.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 14 in
(1.86 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
4.65 s 1.64 s 2.74 s 4.18 s 7.19 s 39 in
(0.99 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Houston Texans

Ryans began his NFL career in 2006 with the Houston Texans. Though he had been an outside linebacker in college, he earned the starting middle linebacker position due to his excellent performance in the preseason. In his first game, he recorded a league-high 12 solo tackles. Ryans had an overwhelming impact as a rookie linebacker for the Texans, leading the team in tackles in the first half of the 2006 season. Many Texans fans began nicknaming him “D-Wreck” for his toughness and hard hits; other nicknames included D-ROY, intended to promote Ryans for the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and "Cap'n Meco," due to his status as a Texans team captain and in reverence of his tremendous professionalism and leadership both on and off the field.

On January 3, 2007, Ryans was awarded the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award after finishing second in the league with 155 total tackles (Zach Thomas 165), 31 more tackles than the next rookie (Detroit Lions linebacker Ernie Sims). He received 36 of 50 votes by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Chicago Bears defensive end Mark Anderson, who was Ryans's teammate at Alabama, finished second with five votes. On December 18, 2007, Ryans was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time. Ryans wore the Texans' defensive transmitter to relay plays from the sideline into the huddle. This meant he was an every-down player.[2] On March 30, 2010, Ryans signed a six-year extension worth $48 million, including $21.75 million guaranteed.

Philadelphia Eagles

On March 20, 2012, after Brian Cushing replaced Ryans as starting middle linebacker, Ryans was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick (used on Ben Jones) and a swap of third-round picks between the two teams (used on Brandon Brooks and Nick Foles) Ryans was immediately inserted as the team's starting Middle Linebacker.[3] Although the Eagles were 4-12, Ryans still made plays, leading the team in tackles with 113 while adding 1 sack and 1 interception to the total. In 2013, Ryans improved even further, leading the team in tackles once more with 127, while also recording career highs in sacks (4.0), interceptions (2), and interception return yardage (46). On January 4, 2014, he had 10 tackles and his first career playoff interception in his first career playoff game with the Eagles, a close 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. On November 3, 2014, Ryans was placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles tendon during the win over his former team, the Houston Texans.

Ryans was released by the Eagles on February 24, 2016.[4]

After his release from the Eagles, Ryans did not play with another NFL team.

Coaching career

On February 28, 2017, Ryans was named Linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers. [5]

Career statistics

Season Team GP–GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sack Safety Pass Def. Int Yards Avg Long TD FF FR Yards TD
2006^ Houston Texans 16–16 156 126 30 3.5 0 5 1 16 16.0 16 0 1 1 0 0
2007†‡ 16–16 128 99 29 2.0 0 7 1 1 1.0 1 0 1 3 26 1
2008 16–16 112 86 26 1.0 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 3 47 0
2009 16–16 123 93 30 1.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1 29 0
2010 6–6 54 32 22 1.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 16–16 64 44 20 0.0 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2012 Philadelphia Eagles 16–16 113 86 27 1.0 0 4 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 16–16 127 102 25 4.0 0 7 2 46 23.0 36 0 0 0 0 0
2014 8–8 45 36 9 0.0 0 4 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2015 14–13 49 32 17 0.0 0 5 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Career Total 939 732 234 13.5 0 41 7 63 10.5 36 0 6 10 102 1
^ Named Rookie of the Year.
† Named to the Pro Bowl.
‡ Named to the All-Pro team.

References

  1. ^ "Inside linebackers", Rivals100, February 5, 2002
  2. ^ Texans to send defensive signals through helmet of linebacker Ryans
  3. ^ Les Bowen (May 24, 2012). "Linebacker DeMeco Ryans mans the middle for the Eagles". philly.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 24, 2016). "Philadelphia Eagles cut veteran LB DeMeco Ryans". NFL.com. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "John Lynch makes first public comments following Foster's latest arrest". KNBR-AM. February 28, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018.

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2003 All-SEC football team

The 2003 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The LSU Tigers won the conference, beating the Georgia Bulldogs 34 to 13 in the SEC Championship game. The Tigers then won a national championship, defeating the Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners 21 to 14 in the BCS National Championship Game.

Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning was voted SEC Offensive Player of the Year by both AP and Coaches. LSU defensive tackle Chad Lavalais was voted the coaches SEC Defensive Player of the Year; Florida cornerback Keiwan Ratliff was the AP's choice.

2004 All-SEC football team

The 2004 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The Auburn Tigers won the conference, beating the Tennessee Volunteers 38 to 28 in the SEC Championship Game. Despite finishing the season undefeated, the Tigers were not invited to the National Championship Game, and won the Sugar Bowl over the Virginia Tech Hokies 16 to 13.

Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell was voted AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Georgia defensive end David Pollack, a unanimous AP selection, was voted AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2005 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2005 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. This was the team's 73rd season in the SEC. The 2005 squad collected a record of 10-2 under Coach Mike Shula. The team started off the season at 9–0,notching wins over Florida and Tennessee. The team lost their final two regular season games against LSU and Auburn. The Crimson Tide received a bid to the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas Tech, where they defeated the Red Raiders on a last-second field goal by Jamie Christensen.

The season was also marked by a notable catch by wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, known to Alabama fans as The Catch. Prothro's career ended later that season as he suffered a broken leg against Florida. Prothro's catch would win ESPN's Game Changing Performance for week two, and later the ESPY Award for Best Play in all of sports for 2005.

Following the 2005 season, the NCAA levied sanctions against the Crimson Tide, forcing Alabama to vacate their wins from the year.

2005 All-SEC football team

The 2005 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The Georgia Bulldogs won the conference, beating the LSU Tigers 34 to 14 in the SEC Championship.

Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler was voted AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Alabama linebacker Demeco Ryans, a unanimous selection by both AP and the coaches, was voted AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2006 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was held on January 2, 2006, in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl. The game featured the Alabama Crimson Tide of the SEC, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference.

During the 2005 season, Alabama — led by quarterback Brodie Croyle — earned a 9-2 regular season record (all nine wins were later vacated by the NCAA due to violations). Following a 9-0 start, the Crimson Tide's two losses came to SEC West rivals LSU and Auburn.

Texas Tech — led by quarterback Cody Hodges — also suffered two defeats during their season, including a 52–17 defeat to eventual national champion Texas and a 24–17 loss at Oklahoma State.

In 2009, the NCAA vacated Alabama's Cotton Bowl win due to infractions committed during the season.

2006 Houston Texans season

The 2006 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 5th season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach Gary Kubiak. The team improved on their 2–14 record in 2005. and finished 6-10, a four-game improvement over their previous season.

2007 All-Pro Team

The 2007 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association and Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2007. Both first and second teams are listed for the Associated Press.

These are the current teams that historically appear in Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the NFL. Although the NFL has no official awards according to the NFL spokesman Greg Aiello the NFL Record and Fact Book has historically listed All-Pro teams from major news sources such as the Associated Press, Sporting News, Pro Football Writers Association, as well as teams from organizations that no longer release All-Pro teams such as Newspaper Enterprise Association and United Press International.

The AP teams are selected by a national panel of 50 NFL writers. The Pro Football Writers Association team is from a poll of its more than 300 members and the editors and writers for Pro Football Weekly. The Sporting News's All-Pro team was determined through voting by professional NFL personnel directors.

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders identify individual statistical leaders of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program in various offensive categories, including passing, rushing, and receptions and defensive categories, including tackles, interceptions and quarterback sacks. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season and career leaders. The Alabama Crimson Tide football program is a college football team that represents the University of Alabama in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Passing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by quarterbacks. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2010 to 2013 seasons, AJ McCarron graduated as Alabama's career leader in passing yardage (9,019), completions (686) and touchdowns (77). Alabama's current starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, holds the record for passing yards in a single season, with 3,966 yards in 2018. Tagovailoa also holds the record for passing touchdowns in a single season, with 43 in 2018. John Parker Wilson holds the record for completions in a single season (255), set during the 2007 season. Scott Hunter holds the record for passing yards in a single game (484), set against Auburn in 1969; Gary Hollingsworth holds the school's record for most completions in a game (32), set against Tennessee and shares the record for touchdowns in a game (5), set against Ole Miss during the 1989 season. Tagovailoa tied the record for touchdowns in a game in the 2018 Iron Bowl against Auburn.Rushing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball rushing. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1996 to 1999 seasons, Shaun Alexander graduated as Alabama's career leader in rushes (727) and rushing yardage (3,565), though his yardage record was broken by Derrick Henry, who accrued 3,591 rushing yards from 2013 to 2015. Mark Ingram Jr. holds the record for career rushing touchdowns (42), set during his career that spanned from 2008 to 2010; this record has since been tied by Derrick Henry. All three major single-season rushing records were set by Henry in 2015: rushes (395), yards (2,219), and touchdowns (28). Single-game records include Henry for rushes (46) set against Auburn during the 2015 season in which he won the Heisman Trophy; Alexander for yardage (291) set against LSU during the 1996 season; and both Alexander and Santonio Beard for touchdowns (5) set against BYU and Ole Miss during the 1998 and 2002 seasons respectively.Receiving leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball by catching Forward passes. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2004 to 2007 seasons, D. J. Hall graduated as Alabama's career leader in receptions (194) and receiving yardage (2,923). Amari Cooper holds the record for career receiving touchdowns (20), set during his career that spanned from the 2012 to 2014 seasons. Receiving single-season records include Julio Jones with receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,133), and Amari Cooper with touchdown receptions (11) set during the 2010 and 2012 seasons respectively. Single game records for receptions (13) was set against Tennessee during the 2007 season by Hall and against Florida Atlantic during the 2014 season by Cooper; Jones for yardage (221) set against Tennessee during the 2010 season; and Homan, Michael Vaughn and Al Lary for touchdown receptions (3).In addition to offensive records, many who have played for the Crimson Tide have set various defensive records. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1983 to 1986 seasons, Wayne Davis graduated as Alabama's career leader in tackles (327); Woodrow Lowe as the single-season leader with 134 in 1974; DeMeco Ryans set the single-game record with 25 against Arkansas in 2003. After his career at Alabama that spanned from the 1990 to 1993 seasons, Antonio Langham graduated as Alabama's career leader in interceptions (19); Hootie Ingram as the single-season leader with 10 in 1952; and several players tied with the single game record of three. Derrick Thomas holds every Alabama record for quarterback sacks with 52 during his career from the 1985 to 1988 seasons, 27 in 1988 and five in a single game against Texas A&M in 1988.These stats are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

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Cupertino effect

The Cupertino effect occurs when a spell checker erroneously replaces correctly-spelled words which are not in its dictionary.

This term refers to the unhyphenated English word "cooperation" often being changed to "Cupertino" by older spell checkers with dictionaries containing only the hyphenated variant, "co-operation". Cupertino is a town in California, often used as a metonym for Apple Inc.

"Cupertino" has been in the dictionaries used by Microsoft Word since at least 1989. Lack of vigilance in post-spell check editing can result in even official documents containing phrases such as "South Asian Association for Regional Cupertino" and "presentation on African-German Cupertino".Benjamin Zimmer of Thinkmap, Inc. and the University of Pennsylvania has collected many examples of similar errors, including the common replacement of "definately" (misspelling of "definitely") with "defiantly", "DeMeco Ryans" with "Demerol" (in The New York Times), "Voldemort" with "Voltmeter" (Denver Post), and the "Muttahida Qaumi Movement" being replaced with "Muttonhead Quail Movement" (Reuters).The user need not always select an incorrect word for it to appear in the document. In WordPerfect 9 with factory default settings, any unrecognized word that was close enough to exactly one known word was automatically replaced with that word. Current versions of Microsoft Word come configured to "auto-correct" misspelled words silently as the user types. Smartphones with dictionary-supported virtual keyboards automatically replace possible mistakes with dictionary words. (Auto-correction can be disabled by the user.)

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List of Houston Texans Pro Bowl selections

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List of Houston Texans awards and honors

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List of Houston Texans seasons

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Anderson also played for the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.

Mark is an uncle to Rodney Anderson, running back at Oklahoma.

Mychal Kendricks

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Reggie Herring

Reginald Wayne Herring (born July 3, 1959) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). A former linebacker at Florida State University, he began his coaching career in 1981. He has now coached for 36 years across college and the NFL. Herring arrived in Denver to coach linebackers in 2015 after previous stops in the league with Chicago (2014), Houston (2002-03, ’11-13) and Dallas (2008-10). Herring has coached nine linebackers who have made Pro Bowl appearances during their careers, including outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware (9), Mario Williams (4), and Connor Barwin (1), and inside linebackers Zach Thomas (7), Keith Brooking (5), Lance Briggs (7), Brian Cushing (1), Sean Lee (2) and DeMeco Ryans (2). Herring also served as the interim head football coach for the University of Arkansas in the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic.

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