The professional American football player Ryan Switzer is a talented wide receiver cum return specialist associated with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Ryan is unique courtesy of his ability to play as a wide receiver as well as a return specialist for the Raiders. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the NFL draft of 2017, Switzer was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team in the same year. During his college career, the outstanding player earned an All-ACC honorable mention following his unparallel achievements as a return specialist. Learn more about his career stats and history, profile, age, height and other interesting facts below.
Ryan Switzer Profile, Age
Ryan Switzer was born in Charleston, West Virginia on November 4, 1994. He is of American nationality and belongs to the white ethnic background. There is no much information about his childhood, family, and siblings; Ryan hasn’t shared such details with the media. Being a dynamic athlete, Ryan participated in various sporting events including basketball, football, as well as track and field events during his high school. He completed his high school education from George Washington High School, West Virginia. He was in the George Washington’s basketball team that clinched victory at the 2011 State AAA basketball championship. Featuring as the lead man on the 4×100, 4×200 relay, Ryan led Washington to victory at the state championships. He also participated in high jumps and 100m dash. He further obtained his bachelor’s degree at North Carolina University.
Career Stats, History and Analysis
Ryan Switzer started playing football right from his high school days at George Washington High; he played as a wide receiver for the school football team. During his junior year, he had 12 touchdowns averaging more than 110 yards per game and was ranked No 1 wide receiver in the state. Similarly, he recorded 32 touchdowns and 206 carries for 2,379 receiving yards; as well as four touchdowns, caught 20 passes for 253 yards, and returned three interceptions to end his high school career. He was a two-time recipient of the Kennedy Award, two-times West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, and was named Kanawha Valley Football Player of the Year by The Charleston Daily Mail.
Upon graduation, Ryan Switzer enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he continued his collegiate career with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Switzer averaged 20.9 yards per punt return, five punt return touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns and 32 receptions with 341 receiving yards in his freshman season in 2013. The following season, he recorded four touchdowns, caught 61 passes for 757 yards. In 2015 season, he had 6 touchdowns, 55 receptions with 697 receiving yards. Switzer ended his college career with a record of 6 touchdowns and 96 receptions with 1,112 receiving yards. Also, he finished his college career leading in both receptions and receiving yards.
Ryan Switzer alongside four of his North Carolina Tar Heels teammates was shortlisted for the 2017 NFL draft. He was selected as the 133rd overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the draft. Joining the Cowboys, Ryan made his first professional appearance on September 10, 2017, featuring in their game against New York Giants. He played the role of a punt returner; thus finishing the game with two kick returns and one punt return. For the rest of his rookie season, Ryan alternated between wide receiver and punt returner. At the end of the season, he was placed ninth in the list of 20 best punt returners in the NFL and the third-best among the 10 kick returners in the league.
In his sophomore season, Switzer was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for their defensive tackle named Jihad Ward. While he is currently experiencing a blossoming career, Ryan has set his eyes on getting to the climax of his career. He would be featuring for the Raiders as a return specialist come next season.
Height and Body Measurements
The wide receiver cum return specialist has great catching skills, high-volume target, and massive speed; thanks to his perfect workout routine. He has put himself to fit into the competitive environment of the American football. He is not so tall, while he stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches; Ryan still delivers in the field of play. He has a bodyweight of 181 pounds, hands of 9 ¼ inches, and arm length of 28 inches. He has black hair and brown eyes.