70 Ryan Forney
70 Ryan Forney
Height: 6-3
Weight: 295
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Silverdale, Wash.
High School: Central Kitsap HS '05
Position: OL
Experience: 2L*

2009: Listed as a starter at left offensive guard on EWU's preseason depth chart.

2008: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started all 11 games at left offensive guard. He helped block for an Eagle offense that finished with the seventh-best passing offense in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (299.9 yards per game) and was also 24th in total offense (398.5), 98th in rushing offense (98.5) and 35th in scoring offense (29.4). Was the team's offensive player of the week for his blocking against Montana (8/11/08).

2007: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Lettered as a backup on the offensive line. He helped Eastern rank sixth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (first in the Big Sky) with an average of 462.3 yards per game, including 626 in a 44-15 victory over McNeese State (11/24/07) in the FCS Playoffs.

2006: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Played as a backup, but made the first and only start of his career against Sacramento State (9/30/06) at left guard.

2005: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Central Kitsap HS in 2005. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 recruits in the state of Washington. Told his football career was likely over after surviving a horrific one-car accident on Aug. 28, 2004, Forney was determined to work hard to get on the field by the end of the season. That goal was accomplished with a couple of minutes of action against both Gig Harbor and Bellarmine Prep in the final two weeks. The accident occurred just a few days before CK's season opener at eventual state champion Evergreen. Forney decided to let teammate Evan Phelps drive his car after watching a college football game. The car slipped out of control on a rain-slicked road. It crashed into a tree, with the tree impacting the vehicle perfectly between the driver's door and the rear passenger door. Phelps, Forney and Cale Stenerson were in the car. Phelps suffered a separated shoulder. Stenerson had minor injuries. Forney, however, had both lungs collapse, six broken ribs and two broken bones in his back. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was able to survive the serious injuries to his lungs. Former EWU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen kept in contact with Forney during the ordeal, and the following spring Forney signed a letter of intent to play for the Eagles. In addition to football, he also competed in basketball and track in high school.

Personal: Born 3/10/87 in Bremerton, Wash. Communication studies major, with aspirations to attend law school at the University of Washington or another college in the Northwest.

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