24 - Ryan Cole
|Hometown:||Port Orchard, Wash.|
|High School:||South Kitsap HS '02|
|Previous College:||Ore. State U.|
2006: Listed as a starter at running back on preseason depth chart. He was one of five Eagles given off-season strength and conditioning awards by strength and conditioning coach Darin Lovat. He was the leading rusher in the Red-White Spring Game with 27 yards on three carries, giving him a team-leading 126 on 16 carries in a total of four spring scrimmages. 2005: Earned second team All-Big Sky Conference honors. Started 10 games at running back. He ranked 71st in I-AA and fifth in the Big Sky with an average of 73.2 rushing yards per game. He was also 31st nationally in scoring and third in the Big Sky with an average of 7.5 points per game. His 15 touchdowns scored ranks seventh in school history and his 90 total points is ninth. He was the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a 154 yards and five touchdowns against Portland State (10/1/05). In his next game versus Northern Arizona (10/8/05) he had a career-high 158 yards (60th-best in school history) with a touchdown. The PSU game started a four-game stretch in October in which he rushed for 522 yards, including 99 in Eastern's win at Montana (10/15/05) and 111 the next week versus Weber State (10/22/05). He was the team's offensive player of the week twice, winning the award against PSU and following the team's season opener against San Jose State (9/3/05) when he rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown. In three spring scrimmages, he had a team-leading 103 yards on 20 carries (5.2 per carry). Transferred to Eastern in the spring from Oregon State University. OSU: Cole played the 2003 and 2004 seasons at OSU, where he rushed for 292 yards in 25 games. Cole was OSU's second-leading rusher as a sophomore in 2004 with 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He finished with 104 yards rushing and scored on a 79-yard run in OSU's 38-19 victory over Washington State on Oct. 23, 2004. He also caught 10 passes for 77 yards as a sophomore. As a freshman, he rushed 15 times for 82 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards, and also played fullback for the Beavers. HS: Graduated from South Kitsap HS in 2002. Cole was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2001 while playing for former Eagle linebacker D.J. Sigurdson (1986-89). SuperPrep Magazine selected him as an All-American in the fall of 2001 and as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Washington. Student Sports Magazine rated him as the 23rd-best running back in the nation. He rushed for 4,698 yards and 71 touchdowns in three years, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. He had back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons as a junior and senior, including a single game high of 365 yards and five touchdowns as a junior against North Kitsap. As a senior, he was selected as a Tacoma News Tribune "Northwest Nugget" as one of the top eight recruits in the Pacific Northwest and was a Seattle Times "Red Chip" as one of the top 38 recruits in the state of Washington. He earned first team All-State honors from Associated Press, Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and Washington Prep Football Report, and played in the East-West All-State game. As both a junior and senior, he was the MVP of the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area team, and was the Offensive MVP of the 4A Narrows League Bridge Division. As a junior, he earned first team All-State honors from Associated Press, Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune, and was a second team pick by Washington Prep Football Report. South Kitsap finished 9-2 his senior season after losing to Bethel in the quarterfinal round of the State 4A Playoffs. He finished the year with 259 carries for 2,357 yards (9.1 per carry and 214.3 per game) and 33 touchdowns with a long of 89. In his junior season, the Wolves were 8-2 and lost to Kamiak in the first round of the playoffs. He finished the year with 234 carries for 2,219 yards (8.1 per carry and 221.9 per game), 35 touchdowns and a long of 80. As a sophomore backup in 1999, he rushed 15 times for 122 yards (8.1 per carry), three touchdowns and a long of 40. His EWU teammate Joe Beitinger ('06) also attended South Kitsap HS. Beitinger's older brother Jake Beitinger plays for the EWU men's basketball team and graduated from South Kitsap in 2004. Personal: Born in Jacksonville, Fla. Interdisciplinary studies major.