UNC Football Bio
3 Ryan Switzer
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• 2016 First-Team All-ACC Wide Receiver (ACSMA, Coaches)
• 2016 Third-Team All-ACC Specialist (ACSMA)
• 2015 All-America All-Purpose (AFCA)
• 2015 First-Team All-ACC Specialist (Coaches)
• 2015 Second-Team All-ACC Specialist (ACSMA)
• 2015 Third-Team All-ACC Wide Receiver (ACSMA, Coaches)
• 2014 Third-Team All-ACC Wide Receiver (ACSMA, Coaches)
• 2013 First-Team All-America (FWAA, Athlon)
• 2013 Second-Team All-America (CBSsports.com)

Selected to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl • Two-time All-America return man who was a consistent threat in the passing game during his UNC career • 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 finished one shy of the NCAA career mark • Owns the ACC mark with seven career punt return touchdowns • Set UNC records for career receptions (244), career receiving yards (2,907), career punt return yards (1,082), career punt return touchdowns (7) and single-season receptions (96 in 2016).

2016 - Senior Season
Named first-team All-ACC by ACSMA • One of just nine players in ACC history with more than 1,000 yards on punt returns • Ranks sixth in ACC history in punt return yards • Became the all-time leader in receptions at UNC with 244 catches, which ranks fifth in ACC history • Had a school-record 2,907 career receiving yards • Had nine career games with 100 or more receiving yards • Led the team with 96 catches for 1,112 yards (third-best single season at UNC) and finished third in the ACC in receptions per game • He is one of just three Tar Heels with 1,000 yards receiving in a season (Hakeem Nicks - 1,222 in 2008 and Dwight Jones - 1,196 in 2011 are the others) • Made five catches for 85 yards and a touchdowns in the Hyundai Sun Bowl • Recorded 13 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown against NC State and became UNC's single-season leader in receptions • The 171 yards are the second-most in his career • His touchdown in the second quarter was the 18th of his career, which is tied for fifth in UNC history • Had four catches for 93 yards vs. The Citadel, including a 72-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter • It was the 11th reception of his career of 50-or-more yards • Caught four passes for 35 yards, including a long of 18, against Duke • Made four receptions for 50 yards in a 48-20 win over Georgia Tech • Also had one rushing attempt for four yards • Recorded eight catches for 72 yards and had a punt return for five yards • Made nine catches to surpass Quinshad Davis for the career mark for receptions in a 20-13 win at No. 16 Miami • Had two catches for two yards against Virginia Tech • Set an ACC record for receptions in back-to-back games with 30 (16 vs. Pitt, 14 at FSU) • Had his third straight 100-yard game with 158 yards on 14 catches in the win at No. 12 Florida State and was named the ACC Receiver of the Week • Tied the ACC and school record with 16 receptions for a career-high 208 yards and one touchdown in a win over Pitt • Named ACC Receiver of the Week vs. the Panthers • Became the sixth Tar Heel to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game • Had five catches for 101 yards in the win over JMU • His 75-yard touchdown reception tied the second-longest catch of his career • Led the team with five catches for 68 yards in the win at Illinois • Had a team-high seven receptions for 52 yards, including a long of 23, in the season-opening loss to No. 18 Georgia • Also had 20 yards on two punt returns.

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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