Oct. 15, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) of the University of Michigan football team was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday (Oct. 15).
Ryan tied a career high with 11 tackles, including seven solo, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in U-M's 45-0 homecoming win against Illinois on Saturday (Oct. 13). Overall, the Wolverines allowed just 134 yards of total offense and seven first downs to the Fighting Illini, including 29 yards passing.
It marks Ryan's first Big Ten Player of the Week honor.
Ryan paces the Wolverines in 2012 in total tackles (42), solo stops (26), tackles-for-loss (7.5), sacks (2.5) and pass breakups (3), already setting career marks in tackles, stops for losses and pass breakups. In the last two outings against Purdue and Illinois, Ryan has collected 17 tackles, 5.5 stops for losses (for 30 yards), 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Dating back to last season, Ryan has totaled a tackle for loss in 11 of his last 12 games.
The Wolverines are surrendering just 283 yards per game in 2012, ranking second in the Big Ten and 10th in the FBS in total defense.
No. 23 Michigan (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) will face in-state rival Michigan State (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20) at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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