Ryan Quinlan Claridge was born the son of Denise Kopp on April 12, 1981 in Rochester, Mich. … Raised by Denise and Alfred Kopp … Older brother, Travis Claridge, was a standout Southern California offensive lineman and a 2000 second-round draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons … Attended Almont (Mich.) High School … Was a multi-sport athlete, lettering three times each in tennis and football and also competing in basketball and track … Named the Blue Water Athlete of the Year after earning first team All-State honors in both football and tennis ... Rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior ... Named first team All- Conference and League MVP … Was an education major at UNLV.
Ryan Claridge was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round (170th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Started 39 of 49 games … For his career, recorded 290 tackles (143 solo) with 18.5 sacks for minus 142 yards, 36 stops for losses of 170 yards, two fumble recoveries, ten forced fumbles, two interceptions and ten pass defl ections. 2004 (Senior): Led the conference and ranked ninth in the nation with nine sacks for minus 61 yards … Second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors … Started the first 10 games at weak-side inside linebacker, recording 87 tackles (39 solo) with 15 stops for losses of 71 yards and a quarterback pressure … Caused a fumble and deflected three passes … Tallied seven tackles (5 solo) with a 10-yard sack, a forced fumble and a pass deflection against Tennessee … Registered 18 tackles (5 solo) with a sack against Air Force … Posted 10 tackles with two stops for losses of 5 yards against Utah State … Had six tackles (3 solo) and a 6-yard sack against Nevada … Collected 11 tackles (7 solo) with a 5-yard sack and two pass break-ups against Brigham Young … Delivered nine tackles with three sacks for 21 yards against Utah … Picked up four solo tackles with a 2-yard sack and three stops for losses of 5 yards against Colorado State. 2003 (Junior): All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention … Lined up at middle linebacker, starting every game except against Wisconsin … Recorded 76 tackles (36 solo) with 5.5 sacks for minus 53 yards, ten stops for losses of 62 yards and a quarterback pressure … Caused three fumbles and recovered another … Had two pass defl ections and two interceptions for 16 yards in returns … Against Wisconsin, registered a sack for a 12-yard loss, forced a fumble and deflected a pass … Had 13 tackles (4 solo) and a stop for a loss on fourth down against Air Force … Had a sack and six tackles against Brigham Young … Caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, had two sacks for 17 yards in losses and intercepted a late-fourth quarter pass to preserve a win against New Mexico … Against Colorado State, intercepted a pass and had eight tackles, including a stop for a loss. 2002 (Redshirt): Did not play due to injury. 2001 (Sophomore): Second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection … Started every game at middle linebacker, finishing second on the team with 71 tackles (38 solo), including two sacks for 19 yards and eight stops for losses of 26 yards … Recovered a fumble and defl ected two passes … Also caused six fumbles … Started the season with a sack against Arkansas … Caused a fumble against Northwestern … Forced another fumble and added seven tackles against Arizona … Forced two fumbles, recovering one, against Brigham Young … Caused a fumble and registered a stop for a loss against Nevada … Totaled six tackles (5 solo) with two stops for a loss, including a sack … Posted 13 tackles (7 solo) and a stop for a loss against Air Force. 2000 (Freshman): Started fi nal seven games at middle linebacker as a true freshman … Recorded 56 tackles (30 solo) with two sacks for 9 yards and three stops for losses of 11 yards … Also deflected three passes … Registered a season-high 12 tackles against Colorado State.
Attended Almont (Mich.) High School … Was a multi-sport star for the Raiders, as he lettered three times each in tennis and football and also competed in basketball and track … Named the Blue Water Athlete of the Year after earning first team all-state honors in both football and tennis … Rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior … Named first team all-conference and league MVP.
Ryan's older brother, Travis, played at guard for USC and was a 2000 second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan's coach at UNLV, John Robinson, also coached fellow teammate and linebacker Willie McGinest at USC.