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UNC Football Bio
3 Ryan Switzer
• 2013 First-Team All-America (FWAA, Athlon, ESPN.com)
• 2013 Second-Team All-America (USA Today, CBSsports.com)
• 2013 Honorable-Mention All-America (SI.com)
• 2013 First-Team Freshman All-America (FWAA, Sporting News, 247sports.com, Athlon)
• 2013 First-Team All-ACC (media & coaches)

All-America return man became a consistent weapon in the passing game in 2014 • One of the most electrifying players in college football with his ability to return punts and make defenders miss • Tied the NCAA record with five punt return touchdowns in 2013 and is three shy of the career mark held by Texas Tech’s Wes Welker and Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins • Became the first Carolina true freshman to earn first-team All-America honors in 2013. 

2014 - Sophomore Season
Appeared in all 13 games and started nine at wide receiver, finishing with team highs of 61 catches and 757 yards • Scored four receiving touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass at East Carolina • Returned 37 punts for 172 yards • Rushed eight times for 29 yards, including a 13-yard gain at Virginia • Earned third-team All-ACC honors at wide receiver and honorable mention at specialist • Caught at least one pass in all 13 games, including a career-high nine at Miami and against Georgia Tech • Made six receptions for 54 yards against Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl • Finished with a career-best 136 receiving yards and two scores in the win over the Yellow Jackets • Also topped the 100-yard mark with 109 on three catches at Duke • Finished the regular season strong with 20 catches for 247 yards in the final four games • Had three catches for 87 yards and a 75-yard touchdown at Clemson • Threw his second career touchdown pass at East Carolina, a 35-yard strike to T.J. Thorpe • Had 14 catches for 105 yards in the first two games of the season - six for 62 against SDSU and eight for 43 against Liberty • His 70 punt return yards against Liberty were a season high • Had a punt return for a touchdown called back at Miami. 

2013 - Freshman Season
Named first-team All-America as a punt returner/specialist by the FWAA and Athlon • Was a second-team All-America selection by USA Today and CBSsports.com • Became the first Carolina true freshman since Amos Lawrence in 1977 and just the third Tar Heel freshman overall since 1996 to earn first-team All-ACC honors (specialist) • Tied an NCAA record and established an ACC record with five punt returns for touchdowns • Did not record his first punt return for a touchdown until the ninth game of the season against Virginia and then had two against Pittsburgh, one vs. Old Dominion and one vs. Cincinnati • Tied the NCAA mark of five held by Chad Owens of Hawaii (2004) when he returned a punt a career-long 86 yards against the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl • It was also the fourth-longest return in school history • Set the career punt return touchdown mark at UNC in his first year on campus, passing Johnny Branch (1929-31) and Charlie Justice (1946-49) who each had four • Set a single-season school record with 502 punt return yards, besting Bosley Allen’s mark of 421 from 2000 • Also set the UNC single-season record for punt return average at 20.9 (24 for 502 yards) • The previous mark of 17.5 was set by Charlie Justice in 1948 (19 for 332) • Led the NCAA in punt return yards (502) and return touchdowns (5) • Ranked third on the team in receptions (32), receiving yards (341) and receiving touchdowns (3) • Also rushed 10 times for 29 yards • Voted MVP of the Belk Bowl after scoring on an 86-yard punt return and catching three passes for 22 yards • Caught five passes for 54 yards and rushed three times for 15 yards against Duke • Matched the ACC single-season record with his fourth punt return touchdown against Old Dominion • Also tied an NCAA record, becoming the second player in history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive games (David Allen, Kansas State, 1998) • In addition to his return work, had the best receiving day of his young career with five catches for 118 yards and a 57-yard touchdown • Tied a school record with two punt returns for touchdowns in the win at Pitt • Brought a punt back 65 yards in the second quarter before his game-winning 61-yard touchdown return with less than five minutes left in the game • Earned ACC Specialist and Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts • Also caught two passes for 21 yards against the Panthers • Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown against Virginia • The return was the fourth-longest in Carolina history, the longest of the season in the ACC and the first return touchdown of his career • Threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Quinshad Davis in the win at NC State, the first of his career • Also caught one pass for five yards and rushed one time for three yards • Scored his first collegiate touchdown against Boston College, a 13-yard reception from Bryn Renner • Caught a season-high five balls for 28 yards against Miami • Had a 17-yard reception at Virginia Tech and returned three punts for 18 yards • Finished with two catches for 28 yards and a 41-yard punt return against East Carolina • Caught three passes for 14 yards in the win over Middle Tennessee • Also returned a punt for nine yards against the Blue Raiders • Made his collegiate debut at No. 6 South Carolina and caught three balls for 15 yards. 

George Washington High School
First-team Parade All-America selection • Named to the East team roster at the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl • Rated the No. 7 wingback by Tom Lemming • Two-time winner of the Kennedy Award, given to the West Virginia state player of the year • Only the sixth two-time winner in the award’s 66 years • Twice named the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year • Twice named the Kanawha Valley Football Player of the Year by The Charleston Daily Mail • Class AAA all-state selection • Twice named the conference player of the year • Three-time first-team all-state • Two-time first-team all-state captain • Finished his senior season with 206 carries for 2,379 yards and 32 touchdowns • Also caught 20 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns and returned three interceptions for scores • Had another 40 rushing touchdowns as a junior • Scored 103 touchdowns in his prep career and finished in the top five in West Virginia history in touchdowns and points • Had more than 8,100 all-purpose yards • Is George Washington’s all-time leader in rushing, scoring total yards • 2012 Under Armour National Combine champion • 2011 SI.com honorable-mention All-America • Prepstar All-Atlantic Region selection • Coached by Steve Edwards • Helped lead George Washington to the 2011 AAA state basketball title • Was the AAA state track champion in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays. 

Personal
Nickname is “Switz” • Would most like to play professionally for Seattle • Dream job is to host a TV show in New York • People say he looks like Justin Beiber • Favorite food is baked potato and chicken • Wears No. 3 because it symbolizes the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit • Favorite off-day activity is watching Christmas movies • Exercise and sport science major • Says the person who has had the biggest impact on his life is his father, Michael • Son of Michael and Ashley Switzer • Born Nov. 4.

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
Hometown: Charleston, W.Va.
High School: George Washington
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