Will help solidify an outstanding group of Bear inside linebackers and push for a starting role in his senior year ... Tallied 5 tackles in Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2012: Earned a pair of starts and saw action in 11 games during a successful junior campaign ... Dropped 33 total ball carriers and had a sack ... Notched a career-high 11 total tackles at No. 23 Louisville (9/8/12), including 5 solo stops ... Recorded a sack and 5 tackles in a starting role in home opener against Murray State (9/15/12) ... Contributed 5 stops against Southern Illinois (9/22/12) as a starter.
2011: Played all 11 games and started the first two contests of the season ... Posted 47 total tackles, which ranked seventh on the club ... Notched 8 total stops in season opener at Arkansas (9/3/11) and at Oregon (9/17/11) with 5 solo stops, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss against the nationally-ranked Ducks ... Posted season-high 9 tackles against Illinois State (10/8/11) ... Had a half sack at North Dakota State (10/15/11) ... Was in on 7 tackles at Eastern Kentucky (9/10/11).
2010: Played just 2 games before a season-ending injury that resulted in a medical redshirt ... Recorded a tackle in each of the first 2 games, vs. Eastern Kentucky (9/3/10) and at Kansas State (9/11/10).
2009: Played in all 11 games as a true freshman ... Was a key special teams performer ... Notched 3 tackles on the season, including solo stops against UT Martin (9/12/09) and Western Illinois (10/17/09) ... Named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week for team's 31-7 win over Indiana State (11/7/09).
High School: A two-time all-district linebacker at Hillcrest (Texas) High who also played wide receiver as a standout prep performer ... He was team captain as a senior and helped Coach Andy Todd's Panthers to a 7-4 record in 2008 and a berth in the Texas Class 4A playoffs.
Personal: Ryan D. Callender was born 12/15/90 in Shreveport, La. ... Son of Tommy Tryant and Brenda Rhineheart of Dallas, Texas ... Has three brothers, Tommy, Ronald and Anthony, and two sisters, Kim and Mikkia ... Majoring in Criminology.