Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones

Player Profile

Castro Valley, CA

High School:
Castro Valley

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 285




Emerged as a legitimate Pac-10-caliber center last season after walking on to the team in 1998 ... has exhibited increased strength in the trenches during his time in Berkeley ... has added 35 pounds since his arrival at Cal and is one of the program's most improved weight-lifters ... won one of the team's 2001 Golden Bear Power Awards for his strength work ... has a 500-pound squat and a best of 330 pounds in the clean ... "Ryan goes into the fall as the starting center, but he'll be challenged by (Nolan) Bluntzer," said offensive line coach Jim Michalczik. "He's a very strong player and a hard worker." ... 2001 ... appeared in nine games last season, drawing the starting assignment seven times ... opened at center in six straight contests from Game 2 through Game 7 ... earned Pac-10 All-Academic first team honors, posting a 3.54 GPA as double major in English and religious studies ... 2000 ... spent the year as a reserve offensive guard, but did not see any field action ... 1999 ... played as a defensive tackle as a redshirt-freshman in 1999, working primarily on scout teams ... 1998 ... came to Cal as a walk-on and redshirted.

High School/Personal: Arrived at Cal after starting two years at Castro Valley HS ... played offensive guard as a junior and then was a two-way starter at defensive end and offensive guard his senior year ... pulled down first team HAAL honors both ways as a senior ... recruited by Princeton before electing to walk-on at Cal ... lists reading as a main hobby and James Ellroy as his favorite author ... English and religious studies major ... parents are Randy and Sandy Jones ... born Dec. 26, 1979 in Hayward, CA.