Here is the press release from the Ravens…..
May 8, 2009
For Immediate Release
ROOKIE FREE AGENTS
The Baltimore Ravens signed the following 13 rookie free agents Friday:
Dave Brytus signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…Punted 241 times for 9,622 yards over his college career (39.9 avg.), placing 70 inside the 20-yard line, with 14 TBs and only 1 punt blocked…Transferred to Pitt after playing 2 years at Purdue, where he was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list as a sophomore in 2005…In 2008, he punted 60 times for 2,443 yards (40.7 avg.), with 20 landing inside the 20…Was named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week as a senior after a performance at Iowa where he averaged a season-best 47.8 yards on 8 punts and sealed the win when his punt soared for 57 yards and rolled out at the 1-yard line with 2:19 remaining in the game…Earned the starting punter job during his 1st active season at Pitt in 2007, when he finished with 66 punts for 2,613 yards (39.6 avg.)…His career-long punt of 66 yards came at Rutgers (11/17/07)…In his Panthers debut, he averaged 45.4 yards on 5 punts, with 1 dropping inside the 20, to earn Big East Special Teams Player of the Week honors…Sat out the 2006 season at Pitt after transferring from Purdue…Averaged 39.5 yards on 62 punts, with 20 falling inside the 20, for Purdue in 2005…As a freshman, named the Sun Bowl’s Most Valuable Special Teams player after averaging a career-best 48.9 yards on 8 punts, tying a career-high of 4 that dropped inside the 20 against Arizona State (12/31/04)…Booted 53 punts for 2,120 yards (40.0 avg.) in 2004…Majored in administration of justice at Pitt…Named 1st-Team Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State as a senior at West Allegheny (Imperial, PA) HS after missing his entire junior season with a broken leg…Averaged 42.6 yards per punt in 2003, placing 18 of 44 inside the 20…Also kicked FGs, including a school-record 53 yarder…Rated as the nation’s No. 5 kicker by Rivals…Was a PrepStar All-East Region selection, Harrisburg Patriot-News “Platinum 33” player, named All-Parkway Conference and was chosen to play in the Big 33 Football Classic…Also played ice hockey…Is a black belt in karate…Won the 2002 Western Pennsylvania Junior Gloves super heavyweight boxing title… Full name: David Alan Brytus.
Jason Cook signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…A teammate of the Ravens’ 2009 1st-round draft choice T Michael Oher, Cook played in 42 games (27 starts) at Mississippi…Serving as a team captain with Oher his senior season, Cook saw action in all 13 games (7 starts), totaling 7 receptions for 47 yards and 1 TD…Also rushed once for a 1-yard gain…Helped guide Ole Miss to a 9-4 record and win over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl…Received the John Howard Vaught Award of Excellence, which recognizes a senior athlete who exemplifies the qualities of dedication, scholastic ability, morale and performance…As a junior in 2007, he played in all 12 games (11 starts) and helped plow the way for RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ 1,137 rushing yards (2nd most in school history)…Cook also reeled in 7 catches for 85 yards…Played in all 11 games (6 starts) as a sophomore, leading the way for Green-Ellis to become just the 3rd single-season 1,000-yard rusher in school history…As a redshirt freshman in 2005, Cook saw action in 6 games (3 starts), before suffering a broken arm against Alabama on 10/15 that ended his season…Helped block for RB Mico McSwain, who set an Ole Miss freshman rushing record with 612 yards and 3 100-yard performances…Cook redshirted his true freshman season in 2004…Majored in English at Mississippi…Earned U.M.A.A. Honor Roll distinction in the spring of 2006 and the Chancellor’s honor roll in the fall of 2008….Distinguished on SEC fall academic honor roll for 2007 and 2008…Was also named to the 2007 AFCA and SEC Good Works Teams…Was a college teammate of Ravens 2009 1st-round draft choice, T Michael Oher…Prepped at North Gwinnett (Suwanee, GA) HS, where he played DE and FB…A 4-time letterman, he was a team captain his senior year…Also lettered all 4 years as a standout basketball player.
Dannell Ellerbe signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…Totaled 148 tackles (95 solo), 8.5 sacks (-57 yards), 3 INTs, 2 FRs and 1 FF in his 4-year career…Accepted invitation to play in 2009 East-West Shrine game after appearing in 10 games (9 starts), posting 33 tackles and an INT as a senior in 2008…Appeared in 13 games making 11 starts as a junior in 2007…Earned 2nd-team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press, SEC coaches and Rivals.com, as he finished as the teams leading tackler with 93 tackles (63 solo), 12.5 TFL, 2 FFs, 1 FR and 1 INT…Netted a career-high 12 tackles at Tennessee…Appeared in 10 games and recorded 7 tackles, including 4 solo, and 2 QB hits as a sophomore in 2006…Part of SEC Championship team that went 10-3 as a freshman in 2005…Saw action in 10 games, producing 15 tackles (11 solo), 2 sacks (-18 yards) and an INT…Redshirted as a freshman in 2004…Graduated in December with degree in Housing in 2009…Earned All-State honors by the Associated Press and was an All-Mid-Atlantic Team and All-Mid Southeastern pick by SuperPrep out of Richmond County (GA) HS…Named the Defensive MVP of the 2003 Shrine Bowl (NC-SC All-Star Game) in which he had 9 tackles, 3 PD, and an INT…Was ranked as Rivals.com No. 7 OLB in America, Atlantic East Amazing 80, North Carolina Top 25, TheInsiders.com Atlantic 100…Posted 165 tackles and 9 sacks as a senior…Also participated in track and field, including a high jump of 6’6” as a junior.
Graham Gano signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…Saw action in 40 games and connected on 92.3% of his FGAs, including a long of 53, during his time at Florida State…Earned the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s top place kicker as a senior in 2008 after connecting on 24 of 26 FGAs (92.3%), including 18 in a row…Finished 1st in the nation for FGs made, percentage of FGs converted and 50-yard FGs made, and he was 1 of only 2 kickers in college to make over 90% of his FGs in 2008…Was the highest scoring kicker in America and 4th overall in the country in scoring as a senior, earning Rivals.com, Scout.com and CBS Sports 1st-team All-American honors…Was also named 2nd-team All-American by Walter Camp, the Associated Press, Sporting News and SI.com…Is the only punter ever to be named the MVP of a bowl game when he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Champs Sports Bowl in 2008…Was also named 1st-team All-ACC, as he led the conference in FGs per game with a career-high 2.2 FGs per contest average…Led the ACC with 105 points and holds the Seminoles’ single season record for 50-yard FGs (5), despite tearing the meniscus in his right knee 2 weeks before the start of his senior season…Following surgery and rehab, Gano was back on the field after missing just 2 games…His only 2 misses on the year came from 50 and 52 yards…Florida State’s punter and KO specialist for the 2nd consecutive season as a junior in 2007…Played in all 13 games and finished the season as the 17th-best punter in college football, as he averaged a career-high 43.4 yards per punt…That marked the 2nd-consecutive season he had averaged more than 40 yards per punt…Also dropped a career-high 19 punts inside the 20-yard line…Recorded the longest run by a punter during the Bobby Bowden era as he raced 24 yards against Clemson on a fake punt…Played in all 13 of the Seminoles’ games, including their Emerald Bowl victory over UCLA, as a sophomore in 2006…Named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List as one of the nation’s top punters…Averaged 40.8 yards per kick, recording 22 TBs on 68 KOs…Did not have a punt blocked on any of his 67 attempts…Averaged 40 or more yards per punt in 8 of the Seminoles’ 13 games of the season…Played in 6 games, including the Seminoles’ game against Virginia Tech in the inaugural ACC Championship game and their Orange Bowl game against Penn State, as a freshman in 2005…Was the Seminoles’ KO specialist over the final 6 games of the season…Opponents had an average starting position of their own 24-yard line following his KOs…Only twice did an opponent assume position beyond their own 40-yard line after one of his kicks…Majored in criminology…Graduated from Tate (Cantonment, FL) HS…Named 1st-team All-America by USA Today…Was the nation’s 3rd-ranked kicker by Rivals.com…Played in the CaliFlorida All-Star game and kicked a 50-yard FG in the game…Kicked a state record 65-yard FG as a senior…Kicked 3 FGs over 55 yards (57, 64 and 65 yards) and had a 67-yard made FG negated by a penalty as a senior…Thirty-six of his 38 KOs went for TBs and he averaged better than 42 yards per punt as a senior… Last name is pronounced guh-KNOW.
Kevin “K.J.” Gerard
College: Northern Arizona
Kevin “K.J.” Gerard signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…Played in 45 games for Northern Arizona, recording 232 tackles (165 solo), 24.5 TFL (-96 yards), 4 sacks (-49 yards), 4 FFs, 33 PD, and a school-record 19 INTs (5th-best in Big Sky history)…Was a 2-time 1st-team All America selection from the Associated Press, College Sporting News, The Sports Network and the Walter Camp Foundation, while also finishing as a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award (given to the best defensive player at the FCS level) as a senior…In 2008, he was 5th on the team with 47 tackles (team-best 38 solo), ranked 2nd in the Big Sky Conference and tied for 17th nationally with 5 INTs…Had a team-best 9 PDs, 8 TFL, 1 FF and 1 BK on a defense that led the nation against the run…Named to the Associated Press (3rd team) and The Sports Network All-America teams, while also being selected 1st-team All-Big Sky in 2007…Led the Big Sky Conference with 6 INTs, which tied for 6th nationally…Received medical hardship season in 2006 due to a broken hand and wrist suffered in the season opener…He recorded 5 tackles, 1 FF and 1 PD in that game before being sidelined for the rest of the season…All 2nd-team Big-Sky selection and Defensive Player of the Year in 2005…Recorded Big Sky and team-best 4 INTs…All-Big Sky honorable mention in 2004 after grabbing the top INT total among I-AA freshman with 4, while also recording 9 PDs…His 2 INT-TD performance against Weber State earned him Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors…Those 2 scores tied the NCAA I-AA record for INTs returned for a TD in game and also set the record for INT return yards in a game (140), INT return average in a game (70.0) and tied the record for Big Sky INTs returned for TDs in a season…As a senior at Fountain Valley (CA) HS, he was a 3rd-team All-State selection, chosen 1st-team All-County by the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times, named 1st-team All-League while producing 7 INTs with 500 receiving yards…Also lettered in track and field and soccer, recording school-record personal bests in the high jump (6-5) and 100m (10.8) with 10 goals scored in his 1 soccer season…Father, Alton, played football at Oklahoma State, while brothers Cal and Mike played football at UT-Martin and Chapman, respectively…Full name: Kevin Joseph Gerard.
Will Johnson signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…A 4-year letterman at Michigan, Johnson appeared in 47 career games (24 starts)…Was selected as a team captain his senior season and finished his career with 81 tackles, 9 TFL, 4.5 sacks and 1 FR…Appeared in all 12 games (11 starts) as a senior, tallying 29 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks and 1 FR…In 2007, he won the Richard Katcher Award, which is an honor given to Michigan’s top defensive lineman…Also earned All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades by the media when he started all 12 games that season, registering a career-high 40 tackles, 2.5 TFL and a half sack…Helped guide the Wolverines to a 9-4 record and victory over Florida in the Capital One Bowl…Played in all 13 games in 2006, contributing 7 tackles, 2.5 TFL and 1 sack…Was part of a Michigan unit that set the school’s single-season record for fewest rushing yards allowed per game (43.4 ypg)…The 43.4 average also ranked as the lowest in a season by a Division I-A team since the 1993 Arizona squad held its opponents to 30.1 rushing yards per game…In 2005, Johnson played in 10 contests (1 start), recording 5 tackles and 1 sack on the season…Redshirted as a true freshman in 2004…Was a general studies major at Michigan…As a senior in 2008, he earned the Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award for his excellence in the classroom…Was a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten (2005-08) honoree and a 5-time Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement recipient (2004-08)…Prepped at Lake Orion (MI) HS, where he served as a team captain his senior season…A preseason knee injury sidelined him for his entire senior campaign…Graded out at over 90 percent in his blocking assignments on offense and totaled 98 tackles, 11 sacks and 2 FFs while playing DE/LB as a junior…Was rated Michigan’s No. 1 D-line prospect by Tom Lemming in 2003 and was also named to the Top 100 Dream Team by PrepStar…Also lettered in track, throwing the shot put a personal-best 49-3 feet in 2003.
David Jones signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…Speedy and reliable defender who appeared in 46 games for Kentucky with 15 starts (2 at WR) in his career, making 77 tackles with 1 INT and 5 PDs…Also scored 2 TDs – 1 off of a blocked FG return and 1 from a KOR…As a senior in 2008, he earned All-Bowl Team accolades from CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com for his role in Kentucky’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl victory, in which he reversed the game’s momentum by returning the 2nd-half KO 99 yards for a TD…Was also named the UK Most Improved Defensive Player by the Kentucky coaches and to the SEC Community Service Team by the SEC office in 2008…Started all 13 games at CB in 2008, tallying a career-high 34 tackles, 1 INT and 5 PD…As a junior in 2007, he missed 2 contests due to an emergency appendectomy, but played the final 11 games of the season…Ensured a Music City Bowl win after breaking up a pass in the end zone on the game’s final play…Played in 12 games as a sophomore in 2006, starting 2…Missed the Music City Bowl after spraining his knee in practice, but the injury did not require surgery…Played in all 11 games as a freshman as a reserve CB and on special teams…Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by the SEC coaches…Majored in social work at Kentucky…Played 2 years at Belfry (KY) HS, starting at HB and CB, helping to lead the team to 2 Class AA state championship…As a senior, he was named a 1st-team All-State Choice by the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal, was chosen for the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top 22 seniors in the state and the “Kentucky Tremendous 26” by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association…Rushed 170 times for 1,805 yards and 29 TDs…Led the team in receiving with 10 catches for 263 yards and 3 TDs…Was also the Co-MVP of the All-Mountain Team in Southeast Kentucky and a 2-year member of the All-District and All-Area squads…His junior season, he ran for 1,522 yards and 24 TDs, with 5 INTs on defense and 3 KORs for TDs on the way to being named the MVP of the 2003 state championship game…Played his 1st 2 years at Matewan (WV) HS, earning 2nd-team All-State honors both years…Was listed as 1 of the nation’s top 40 CBs by Rivals.com and was ranked the No. 8 and No. 17 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals and SuperPrep, respectively…MVP for the Kentucky team in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game in June 2005…A 2-year letterman in basketball, baseball and track, he made the All-District Tournament Team in basketball as a junior and won the Class AA 100-meter state championship as senior.
Eron Riley signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…Two-time 2nd-team All-ACC performer at Duke, who finished his career with 144 receptions (7th on the school’s all-time list) for 2,413 yards (2nd in school history) and 22 TDs (3rd in receiving TDs in school history)…Hauled in a career-high 61 catches for 693 yards and 8 TDs as a senior in 2008, earning the team’s Most Outstanding Receiver award…Started all 12 games as a junior in 2007, earning 2nd-team All-ACC honors…Also earned team MVP honors as he pulled in 40 receptions for a team-leading 830 yards and 9 TDs (2nd in the ACC)…Established a new school single-season record, led the ACC and ranked 3rd nationally with 20.8 yards per reception…Riley also ranked 4th in the conference in receiving yards per game (69.2) and 5th in receiving yards (830)…His 9 TDs rank 6th on Duke’s single-season list…Recorded 14 catches of 20 or more yards with 5 going for over 50 yards…Posted one of the top single games in Duke history with 6 receptions for 235 yards and 4 TDs (76, 35, 9, 69) at Navy to earn ACC Player of the Week accolades…Started all 12 games as a sophomore in 2006, catching 32 passes for a team-leading 643 yards and 3 TDs…Also paced the ACC in yards per catch at 20.1 – the highest average at Duke with a minimum of 30 receptions since 1982…Co-recipient of Duke’s Most Improved Offensive Player award…Played in 9 games with 4 starts as a freshman in 2005, recording 11 catches for 213 yards and 2 TDs, averaging a team-best 22.5 yards per reception…Also returned 9 KOs for 213 yards (23.7 avg.)…Named a co-recipient of Duke’s Most Improved Offensive Player award…Prepped at Windsor Forest (Savannah, GA) HS, earning All-Region honors from PrepStar…Named the 2004 All-Greater Savannah Area Offensive Player of the Year by the Savannah Morning News as a senior, when he posted 34 receptions for 381 yards and 5 TD…Also lettered in basketball.
Greg Ryan signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…A 4-year letterman and 3-year starter, he started all 12 games on the WKU line as a senior in 2008, seeing time at multiple positions…Received a 90% grade 7 times, including a 92% grade at Alabama…Redshirted in 2007…Earned 2nd-team All-Northwest Region and honorable mention All-America recognition from Hansen’s Football Gazette as a junior in 2006…Graded out at 91% overall, while posting 109 pancake blocks…Received a mark of 90% or better on 7 occasions, with a season-best grade of 94% in wins over No. 13 SIU and Indiana State…Credited with a 91% grade and 7 knockdowns in the season opener at I-A Georgia…Named honorable mention All-Gateway Football Conference following his 1st season as a starter as a sophomore in 2005…Led the squad with 126 pancake blocks and graded out at 91% overall, including receiving a 90 or better in 7 contests…Credited with a 92% grade and 14 knockdowns in victory over rival Eastern Kentucky…Appeared in all 12 contests on both the offensive line and special teams as a freshman in 2004…Recorded an overall grade of 78% to go along with 24 knockdown blocks…Posted a season-best 87% grade in win at Florida International…Had a season-high 11 pancakes in Western Illinois victory…Majored in construction management at WKU…Earned 4 letters at Calloway County (Murray, KY) HS…A 3-year starter, who earned honorable mention All-State honors in his final 2 seasons…A 3-time 1st-team All-Western Kentucky Conference choice…Posted 120 tackles (75 unassisted), with 17 TFL, including 6.5 sacks as a senior…Also blocked 4 kicks, forced a pair of fumbles and broke up a pass in 2003…As a junior, he was credited with 94 stops (56 unassisted), 12 TFL, 9 sacks, a FF, a PD and a blocked kick…Also scored 2 TDs during his career…A 4-year letter-winner in baseball, where he was voted the team’s MVP as a senior…His brother, Tony, plays football at Murray State.
William VanDeSteeg signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…Appeared in 44 games with 31 starts in his 4-year career…Ended his career with 147 tackles and is Minnesota’s all-time leader with 44.5 TFL…Also ranked 4th on the Gophers’ all-time sack list with 21.5…Earned 1st- team All-Big Ten honors from the media and 2nd-team accolades from the league’s coaches as a senior in 2008…Served as a team captain for the 2nd consecutive season, as he started all 13 games at RDE and ranked 7th on the team with 53 tackles and ranked 4th in the Big Ten, 14th nationally and tops on the team with 19 TFL…Also led the team with 10.5 sacks, ranking him 3rd in the conference and 17th in the NCAA…The only junior to serve as a team captain in 2007, VanDeSteeg suffered a broken bone in his wrist just prior to the season opener that slowed him for most of the year…Collected 29 tackles (20 solo) and 8 TFL, including 1 sack…Saw action in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2006…Posted 40 tackles (29 solo), and ranked 2nd in the conference with 10 sacks (most sacks by a sophomore in school history) and tied for the league lead in sacks during Big Ten Conference play with 7…Also tied for 6th in the league with 14.5 TFL…Saw action in 10 games as a freshman in 2005, registering 25 tackles (15 solo), 3 TFL, 2 PD and 1 blocked FGA…Redshirted in 2004…Majored in communications at Minnesota…Was an All-State and 2-time All-Conference performer at Glencoe-Silver Lake (MN) HS…Also earned All-Area honors by the Associated Press and was named All-Metro by local media outlets…Registered 75 tackles with 20 sacks and 5 FFs his senior season.
College: Arizona State
Luis Vasquez signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…A former junior college transfer who had an impressive final 2 seasons at ASU, he started all 25 games of his career at DE, recording 78 tackles (47 solo), 22 TFL (-125 yards) and 8.5 sacks (-88 yards)…He also posted 3 PD, 2 FFs and 1 FR for the Sun Devils, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a senior and junior…Started all 12 games as a senior, ranking 2nd on the team with 10.5 TFL (-58 yards) and 4.0 sacks (-41 yards)…Collected 35 tackles (23 solo), 2 PD and 2 FF on the season…Won the Gail Scott Most Improved Defensive Player Award at the team’s year-end banquet…As a junior in 2007, he started all 13 games to finish 2nd on the team with 4.5 sacks (-47 yards) and 11.5 TFL (-67 yards)…Recorded 43 tackles (24 solo), 1 PD and 1 FR on the year…One of this top games came when closed the season with 5 tackles (2 solo) and a sack (-16 yards) in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against Texas…Majored in business management with a minor in communication at ASU…Prior to playing for the Sun Devils, he was a 2-time 1st-team NJCAA All-American and the 2005 NJCAA Region-1 Defensive Player of the Year at Arizona Western College…At AWC, he totaled more sacks (31) than any player in the nation from 2005-06 and was the Western States Football League (WSFL) sack leader both seasons…Ranked as the No. 22 junior college player in the country and the No. 4 junior college DE by Rivals.com…Registered 61 tackles (33 solo), 24 TFL, 15 sacks and 2 FF in 2006…He also returned a fumble 89 yards for a TD and returned an INT for a score as well that season…As a freshman in 2005, he totaled 16 sacks and added 66 total tackles, including 20 TFL, 13 QB hurries, 2 FFs and 1 FR…Originally signed with Purdue and redshirted for the Boilermakers in 2004…Prepped at Ledyard (CT) HS, where he was considered the top defensive player in the state as a senior…Earned Eastern Connecticut Conference Most Valuable Player in 2003 and 2002, while also garnering All-State honors in 2002 and 2003…A 3-time All-Conference honoree (2001-03), he recorded 136 total tackles, 4 INTs, 2 FFs and 2 FRs as a senior.
Isaiah Williams signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…A speedy WR with long range, he played in 43 career games (23 starts) during his Maryland career…In his final 3 seasons, he played in all 39 games and finished his career with 64 catches for 902 yards and 5 TDs…As a senior in 2008, he saw action in all 13 games (6 starts), producing 10 catches for 124 yards and 1 TD…Was part of a Terps’ offense that averaged 350.7 yards and 21.8 points per game, helping Maryland to an 8-5 record and win over Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl…As a junior, Williams played in all 13 games (6 starts), finishing 2nd on the team with a career-high 395 receiving yards on 25 receptions…His 15.8 yards per catch was tops on the team among players with at least 5 catches…Posted 18 of his 25 receptions over the last 6 games of the season, helping guide the Terps to an appearance vs. Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl…During his sophomore campaign, he played in all 13 games, starting 11…Produced 3 TDs and finished 4th on the team with 28 catches for 329 yards…Played in 4 games as a freshman, catching 1 pass for 4 yards…Majored in communications at Maryland…Prepped at Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ) HS, where he was a 2-year letterman who set school records as a senior with 45 receptions for 897 yards and 12 TDs…Named 2nd-team All-State by the Associated Press and Newark Star Ledger, also earning 1st-team All-Group, All-North Jersey and All-County honors…His team lost its 1st 2 games of the season before running the table for a 10-2 record and winning the Group 4 State Championship…Was also a 3-year letterman in track…His father played football at Rutgers and brother, Ira Jr., played at Wake Forest from 1998-2001…His twin sister, Tahirah, played basketball at Connecticut, and helped lead the Huskies to the 2009 National Championship.
Drew Willy signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/8/09…A 4-year starter, he finished his career at Buffalo as the school’s all-time leader in completions (849), attempts (1,322), passing yards (8,748), TDs (52), total offense (8,639 yards) and completion percentage (64.2)…Willy also rushed for 193 yards and 7 TDs as a Bull…He started in 42 of 49 games in his college career – including the final 26 – and in his final 20 games he threw 36 TDs and just 6 INTs…Led the Bulls to their 1st-ever appearance in a bowl game, as Buffalo faced Connecticut in the International Bowl on 1/5/09…Started all 14 games as a senior, completing a single-season school record 304 passes (of 468 attempts) – which broke his own record of 258 in 2007 – for 3,304 yards, 25 TDs and 6 INTs…Started all 12 games and had a record-setting season for the Bulls as a junior in 2007…Set a single-season school record for pass efficiency rating (135.7) and completion percentage (68.4%)…Finished the season 258-for-377 for 2,572 yards, 15 TDs and 6 INTs…Did not throw an INT over the final 7 games of the season – a span of 235 straight passes…Set the school record for completions in a game (34) at Kent State (11/24/07)…Started the 1st 8 games of his sophomore year before a thumb injury ended his season…Completed 138 of 231 passes (59.7 percent) for 1,391 yards and 6 TDs…Was the last Division I-A starting QB in the nation to throw an INT, not tossing a pick until 10/7 against Ball State – a span of 131 attempts…Appeared in 10 games and started the final 8 of his freshman season in 2005…Completed a school-record 60.6% of his passes (149 for 246), including a 9.9 yards per completion mark (also a school record)…Threw for 1,481 yards and 6 TDs…In his 1st-career start at Western Michigan (10/1/05) he went 30-for-38, gaining 288 yards and 2 TDs…The 30 completions tied him for 2nd all-time in school history for completions in a game…Majored in communications at Buffalo…Prepped at Randolph (NJ) HS, where he was a 3rd-team All-State selection, while setting school records for career passing yardage (5,387) and TDs (51)…As a senior, he completed 62% of his passes for 2,459 yards and 20 TDs…Led Randolph to a 15-6 record and the Iron Hills Conference title over his final 2 seasons…Earned 1st-team All-County and All-Area honors as a senior and was also a 1st-team All-Area guard on the basketball team.