ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
92 - Ryan Burkhead
Ryan Burkhead
Height: 6-3
Weight: 240
Year: Senior
Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Plano
Position: DE
Major: Government
House Affiliation: Leverett

At Harvard:
2010: Had a tackles for a loss, one breakup and two QB hurries against Cornell ... Had his biggest day of the season in the finale against Yale, finishing with 2.5 sacks for a loss of 20 yards while finishing with eight tackles and a QB hurry.

2009: Missed the season with an arm injury.

2008: Appeared in nine games ... Had 21 tackles with three sacks ... Recorded his first career sack against Brown ... Had another solo sack the following week at Lafayette ... Had an assisted sack in a win against Cornell ... Recorded half a sack in a win at Princeton ... Had three solo tackles as Harvard held Dartmouth to 123 yards of offense and -2 rushing yards ... Major H recipient.

2007: Appeared in six games after missing time early in the year due to injury ... Had two tackles against Dartmouth on Oct. 27 ... Had a solo tackle for a loss at Columbia Nov. 3, and appeared in Harvard's 37-6 victory at Yale Nov. 17 ... Major H recipient.

2006:
Did not appear in a game as a freshman ... Earned a Minor H

Before Harvard:
Three-year starter at defensive end at Plano HS ... Also saw action at tight end ... Two-year varsity baseball player ... Captained football team as a senior ... Two-time first team all-district and all-county in football ... Earned honorable mention all-state accolades as a senior ... First team academic all-state pick ... Helped team go from an 0-10 season as a sophomore to a 13-1 senior year that ended in the fourth round of the state tournament to the nation's top-ranked team ... National Honor Society member ... Winner of AP art award and Excellence in World Geography award ... Wendy's High School Heisman nominee.

Personal:
Father, Rick, was a three-year starting fullback at Eastern Kentucky and signed free agent contracts with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles ... Hobbies include playing guitar, drawing, reading, fishing and exercising ... Plans a career in sports medicine.