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

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 last year and is now just 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
Caught six passes for 62 yards in the win over San Diego State • Also returned a kickoff for 17 yards and rushed one time for one yard • Pulled down a career-high eight passes for 43 yards in the season opener against Liberty • Also returned seven punts for 70 yards with a long of 30 yards against the Flames.

2013 - Freshman Season
Named first-team All-America as a punt returner/specialist by the FWAA, ESPN.com 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 TV show is "Hannah Montana" • 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 • Would like to visit Greenland one day • Would like to appear on an episode of "Jersey Shore" • 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: 180
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Charleston, W.Va.
High School: George Washington
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