Bryan Ray
Bryan  Ray


Wheaton, Md.

High School:
Wheaton HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 264

Defensive End




No. 25 Florida State Surpasses Wake Forest Late, 26-19

The Seminoles scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game to break a tie and earn the victory.

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    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).

    Career Statistics

            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

    Most Tackles
    12 at Army, 9/11/99

    Most Unassisted Tackles
    9 at Army, 9/11/99

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