“MOUNTAIN LION” RYAN NAMED NAIA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

(Sioux Falls, S.D.)- Senior receiver Jon Ryan became the fourth player in the University of Sioux Falls football program history to be named the NAIA Player of the Year. Ryan was announced as the 2010 Rawlings-NAIA Player of the Year at the Banquet of Champions in Rome, Ga. tonight.

                This season Ryan leads USF in all receiving statistical categories and broke the NAIA record for touchdown receptions in a season with 24 scores. The Watertown, S.D., native averaged 18.1 yards on 74 receptions, accumulating 1,340 yards.

                Ryan is second all-time in school history with 52 career touchdown catches and third with 192 receptions and 3,368 receiving yards in his four years. Ryan was named the 2010 GPAC Offensive Player of the Year, is a two-time first team all-conference selection and was named to the 2010 American Football Coaches Association All-America Team.

Ryan gives the Cougars back-to-back national player of the year awards and three in four seasons. USF quarterback Lorenzo Brown won the award last season, Cougar signal-caller Chad Cavender was the 2007 winner and running back Nick Kortan earned the award in 2002.

USF leads all NAIA institutions with four awards and Ryan is the first wide receiver to earn the award since it started in 1997.

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