The Boilermakers were back at it Tuesday night for the fifth session of spring practice.
2014: Appeared in all 12 games, starting two … finished the season with 17 tackles, 13 solo, with 5.5 TFL’s and four sacks … recorded two solo tackles, a TFL, and a sack against Western Michigan on Aug. 30 … had three solo tackles, a TFL and a sack against Central Michigan on Sept. 6 … made three tackles, one solo, against No. 11 Notre Dame … finished with two sacks against Southern Illinois on Sept. 20 … made two tackles, one solo, with a shared TFL against Iowa on Sept. 27 … recorded one solo tackle at Minnesota on Oct. 18 … had one tackle at Nov. 17 Nebraska on Nov. 1 … made one solo tackle against No. 25 Wisconsin on Nov. 8 … finished with two solo tackles with a TFL at Indiana on Nov. 29.
2013: Appeared in seven games, making four starts … had eight tackles, six solo, with one TFL … had two tackles at Cincinnati on Aug. 31, vs. Indiana State on Sept. 7 and against No. 21 Notre Dame on Sept. 14 … had a TFL at No. 24 Wisconsin on Sept. 21 … had one tackle against Nebraska on Oct. 12.
2012: Appeared in nine games as a reserve … had an unassisted tackle against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1 and an assisted tackle at Minnesota on Oct. 27.
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … rated as the No. 18 recruit at his position in the nation by Rivals.com … ranked among the top defensive ends in the nation by analyst Tom Lemming … totaled 22 tackles, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two pass breakups as a senior … team won three consecutive league titles and finished the 2011 season ranked in the top 6 in the final national rankings by Sports Illustrated (No. 4), PrepNation (No. 4), Fox Sports/Scout.com (No. 4), CBS Sports/MaxPreps (No. 5), ESPN (No. 5), Rivals.com (No. 6) and USA Today (No. 6) … 2011 team captain ... 2011 first team all-state, all-county and all-league … Chesapeake Bay Bowl selection as a senior ... 2010 first team all-state, all-county and all-conference ... top lineman at the US Army Combine ... high school football coach was Bob Milloy ... won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference shot put title as a freshman.
Personal: Given name is Ryan Anthony Watson ... born March 7, 1994 ... father, Steven, played basketball at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore ... brother, Ja’Mar, was on the track team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.