Bryan Ray All-Star Candidate Page
One of the premier defensive ends in college football ... a second team
All-ACC selection on the defensive line last season (the four ACC players
named to the first team last season were seniors) ... was named first team
All-ACC by Football News ... a standout pass-rush specialist who ranks
among the all-time sacks and tackles-for-loss leaders in Wake Forest
history ... has started in each of the last two seasons ... can find his
way into backfields despite being the focus of opponent's offensive lines
... already ranks fourth on the Deacon career sack list (13) and seventh in
TFLs (26) ... will be a senior leader this season ... has upped his size
and strength while retaining solid quickness and good technique ... played
in limited action in the Spring Game ... recorded two tackles for loss
including a quarterback sack ... was originally a linebacker at Wake but
switched to end mid-way through the 1997 season ... earned his first
varsity letter in 1997 after being redshirted in 1996.
Saw action in every game, earning his second varsity letter ... his
10 sacks (for 71 yards) were the second-most in the ACC behind Clemson's
Keith Adams and the second-most single-season sacks in Wake Forest history
... ranked third in the ACC and tied for second in school history for
tackles for loss (19) ... recorded at least one tackle for loss in eight of
11 regular season games and had one or more sacks in six contests ...
ranked as the team's fourth-leading tackler overall with 52 hits (34 solo)
... caused a team-best three opponent fumbles ... registered a career-high
12 tackles (9 solo), including two tackles-for-loss and a sack, in the
season opener at Army ... followed that with seven tackles, three
tackles-for-loss and two sacks vs. Virginia ... his best game came the next
week vs. NC State, though, when he collected six tackles, five TFLs and
three sacks ... one of those sacks forced a fumble which set up a Deacon TD
on the very next play ... earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors
for that performance ... also had eight tackles, three TFLs and two sacks
vs. Duke ... had two sacks and recovered a fumble in the Jeep Aloha Bowl.
A starter in nine of 11 games and a regular contributor at an end
position ... put together a string of five consecutive outings in which he
totaled five-or-more tackles in each from mid-September to mid-October ...
twice was credited with seven hits (vs Navy & App State) during that time ...
turned in an excellent individual performance in WFU win at Clemson with
six tackles, including a sack for an 11-yard loss, a caused fumble and four
quarterback pressures ... single game high for tackles, however, came in
November at NC State when he recorded nine stops (5 solo) including a sack
... a very durable player as well, seeing action for 40-or-more plays in
eight games ... finished ninth on the squad overall in tackles with 50.
Did not play in the first five contests of the season but came on
strong as a redshirt freshman ... first appearance at end came in brief
action (four plays) at North Carolina ... was then on the field for 32 snaps
the following week as the Deacs defeated Maryland ... made two unassisted
tackles and was credited with a pressure that day ... saw limited duty,
averaging 12 plays per game, over the next three weeks, then had a busy
afternoon in Tallahassee, making three stops (two solo) against the
Seminoles ... also had his first career sack that day.
Enjoyed an outstanding prep career at two high schools,
attending St. John's (in Washington, DC) where he was coached by John Ricca
through his junior year, then switching to Wheaton as a senior where he
played for coach Lee Branthover ... earned all-conference and all-county
honors in senior year (1995), totaling 106 tackles, nine sacks and three
interceptions ... impact player on offense, too, catching 23 passes for 457
yards as a tight end ... chosen as a team captain during his junior season at
St.John's, the first time that a non-senior had ever been so honored ... also
punted, kicked off and handled long-snapping duties on the prep level ...
excellent basketball player, too, achieving all-league and all-county
recognition as a senior, leading team in scoring, rebounding and assists ...
an honor roll student, ranking in the top 10 percent of his class ... also
active in Young Life organization ... a communication major at Wake Forest ...
age 22 (born 3/9/78).
UT AT TOTAL TFL SACKS PRES
1997 5 1 6 1/-9 1/-9 4
1998 29 21 50 6/-23 2/-17 9
1999 34 18 32 19/-91 10/-71 2
TOTALS 68 40 108 26/-123 13/-97 15
12 at Army, 9/11/99
Most Unassisted Tackles
9 at Army, 9/11/99