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Ryan Brewer
Ryan Brewer

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Troy, Ohio

High School:
Troy

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 215

Position:
RB/WR

Birthdate:
09/17/1980

Experience:
3VL

Major:
Sport & Entertainment Management

All-SEC Candidate
2001 Outback Bowl MVP

2002 PRESEASON ? All-SEC Candidate ... May be the most versatile and underrated player in the SEC ... Can play both the tailback and slot receiver position ... Also can return punts for the Gamecocks and is on most special teams ... Should combine with Andrew Pinnock to provide the Gamecocks with an effective running game ... Had a good spring practice ... Suffered a high ankle sprain in the second to last scrimmage and did not participate in the Spring Game ... Should be one of the team leaders and go-to players this fall ... Underwent corrective ankle surgery in early May and was to have been in a cast for six weeks ... Will miss most of summer workouts due to the ankle injury.

2001 ? Versatile performer who played both wide receiver and tailback ? Appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts ? Team?s second leading receiver with 37 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns ? Also played on six of USC?s special teams ? In the dictionary, his picture could very well be next to the definition of "football player" ? Is one of the hardest workers in college football ? Had his national coming out party at the 2001 Outback Bowl, where he was named Most Valuable Player after helping lead the Gamecocks to their 24-7 victory over #18 Ohio State ? Came back and turned in another strong performance vs. the #22 Buckeyes in the 2002 Outback Bowl, leading all rushers with 61 yards on five carries (long gain of 34 yards), two receptions for 17 yards, two punt returns for 16 yards, and three kickoff returns for 49 yards ... Executed a fake punt against OSU, which resulted in a 34-yard gain and helped set up a USC touchdown midway through the third quarter ... Had a monster game in win over Georgia, with five receptions for 91 yards, including a crucial 19-yard reception to convert a third and 10 play on USC?s game-winning drive at the end ? Had touchdown catches vs. Alabama (nine yards) and Florida (three yards) ? Had three receptions for 69 yards vs. Vanderbilt ? Also had six carries for 34 yards vs. the Commodores ? In win over Clemson, he had four catches for 23 yards and six carries for 37 yards ? Made six catches for 45 yards in the victory over Wofford ? Team?s fifth leading rusher with 36 attempts for 186 yards ? Also team?s second leading kickoff returner with 18 returns for 365 yards (20.3 average) ? Had a season-long 61 yard kickoff return vs. Wofford ... Winner?s certificate recipient.

2000 ? Turned in one of the most memorable performances in USC history, when he tallied 214 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks to a 24-7 victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl ... Named Outback Bowl MVP as a result of his performance ... Moved over to the starting tailback position for the bowl game after Derek Watson was suspended for the game ... The victory was even sweeter for Brewer, who was named Mr. Football in Ohio, yet was not offered a scholarship by Ohio State ... Named to Sports Illustrated?s All-Bowl team ... Against OSU, Brewer rushed for 109 yards and two TD?s; he had 92 yards receiving and one score and 13 yards in punt returns ... Jack-of-all-trades performer who may be one of the most versatile players in the SEC ... Can play receiver, tailback and is a punt returner ... Also served as the backup punter ... Was also a valuable special teams performer ... Played in all 12 games with 10 starts ... Finished with 36 receptions for 418 yards and two touchdowns ... Rushed 33 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns ... Took a pass from Phil Petty over the middle and went 78 yards for the touchdown against Tennessee -- USC?s longest pass play of the year ... Had a team-high seven receptions for 63 yards vs. Florida ... Also had five catches for 41 yards against Georgia ... Was USC?s top punt returner with 28 returns for 202 yards and a long return of 20 yards vs. Clemson ... His quick kick punt against Georgia traveled 53 yards and was instrumental in altering field position in that Gamecock win ... Punted three times for 121 yards ... Played very well against Clemson, racking up 14 rushing yards on one carry, with three catches for 25 yards ... Also had four punt returns for 29 yards vs. the Tigers ... Received a winner?s certificate for his outstanding play during the season.

1999 ? Enjoyed a solid rookie season ... Named USC?s Most Valuable Freshman ... His work ethic and attitude quickly made him a fan favorite ... Team?s third leading rusher with 163 yards on 35 attempts (4.7 average) ... Also had six receptions for 67 yards ... USC?s leading punt returner with 14 returns for 143 yards (10.2 average) ... Had USC?s top kickoff return average (25.0), with seven returns for 175 yards ... Had a long run from scrimmage of 38 yards vs. Florida ... Also had a 20-yard reception vs. the Gators ... Caught one pass for 22 yards at Mississippi State ... Had season-best 41-yard kickoff return against Ole Miss ... Electrified the crowd with a 42-yard kickoff return against Clemson.

HIGH SCHOOL ? One of the most decorated players in recent Ohio high school football history ... Named Ohio High School Player of the 1990?s by Ohio Prep Magazine ... Named Mr. Football in the state of Ohio for the 1998 season ... Other former prep stars from that state to earn that honor include Charles Woodson, Curtis Enis, Andy Katzenmoyer, Bobby Hoying and Robert Smith ... Rushed for 2,864 yards his senior season, which was a new Ohio single season record ... Rushed for 7,656 yards and scored 761 points during his four year high school career ... Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns his senior season ... Chose South Carolina over Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin ... Played for Coach Steve Nolan.

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