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UNC Football Bio
3 Ryan Switzer
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• 2015 First-Team All-America (AFCA)
• 2013 First-Team All-America (FWAA, Athlon, ESPN.com)
• 2013 Second-Team All-America (USA Today, CBSsports.com)
• 2013 First-Team Freshman All-America (FWAA, Sporting News, 247sports.com, Athlon)

Two-time All-America return man who has emerged as a consistent threat in the passing game over the last two seasons • 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, added two more in 2015, and is one shy of the career mark of eight held by Texas Tech’s Wes Welker and Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins • Already owns the school record for career punt return yards. 

2015 - Junior Season
Named to the AFCA All-America Team as an all-purpose player • Earned All-ACC first team specialist honors by the league’s coaches and was second team by ACSMA • Also earned third-team honors from both groups at receiver • Finished with a team-high 55 catches for 697 yards and six receiving touchdowns • Also has a pair of punt return touchdowns • Returned 22 total punts for 302 yards for a 13.7-yard average that ranked second in the ACC • Had three receptions for 29 yards vs. Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl • Caught three balls for 41 yards and two touchdowns in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson • Had a season-high eight receptions for 38 yards in the win at NC State • Caught four balls for 46 yards in the win at Virginia Tech • Took sole position of the ACC career record and moved within one of the NCAA record with his seventh career punt return touchdown in the win over Miami • His 78-yard touchdown return came late in the second quarter and pushed the Carolina lead to 31-0 • Earned ACC Specialist of the Week for the second time • Caught five balls for 107 yards and an 89-yard touchdown on the first offensive snap in the win over Duke • Finished with five receptions for a season-high 126 yards and a 71-yard touchdown in the win at Pitt • Matched a season high with six catches for 37 yards in the Virginia win • Caught two passes for 23 yards and also completed one pass for 11 yards in the win at Georgia Tech • Caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Delaware win • His touchdown was a 63-yard catch and run from Mitch Trubisky • Earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors and was named to the Hornung Award weekly honor roll after returning his sixth career punt for a touchdown against Illinois • The 85-yard return was the second-longest of his career and tied the ACC career record (Maryland’s Steve Suter, 2001-04) • His five punt returns for 168 yards broke the UNC single-game record (Bud Carson, 166 yards on eight returns vs NC State, 1951) • Also caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown against the Illini • Finished with three catches for 46 yards against NC A&T • Had six catches for 57 yards in the season opener against South Carolina.

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.

Nickname is “Switz” • If he could choose an NFL team to play for, it would be the Panthers • His dream job is to play in the NFL for 10+ years • His New Year’s resolution was to be an all-around better version of himself • People say he looks like his father • Favorite TV show is “The Office” • Favorite food is potato casserole • The reason he wears No. 3 is because of the Holy Trinity • His pregame ritual or superstition is to watch a “love” movie the night before • Favorite off-day activity is laying in bed and watching Christmas movies • The people who had the biggest impact on his life are his parents Ashley and Michael Switzer • Exercise and sport science major • Birthday is November 4.

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