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Conversation With Dunlap Athlete Ryan Dietz Class Of 2024 - Name To Watch

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Ryan Dietz Dunlap DB/WR Class Of 2024 5'11 160

Ryan Dietz how has your offseason been so far? Our off-season has been a lot different than the past off-seasons I have been apart. I feel that this off-season everyone wants to get better, everyone brings the energy into the weight room. Our linemen go to the field and practice their own thing on their own time, while us skill players go on the field and work on our footwork, speed, agility and also running routes working on our timing with our new young quarterbacks. So I feel like this off-season so far has been really good for our program. How was your junior season? My junior season was a lot better than I expected. I won an all conference award. Defensively, I led the team in tackles, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, tackle for loss, and was second for the most interceptions. All while that being my first year ever playing Safety. Offensively, being a starting receiver next to Graham Glover I did not see that many targets, but when I did, I made the most out of them, averaging around 23 yards per reception. So, I would say my junior year was a good year, and I am looking forward to my senior year.

What does football mean to you? Football means everything to me. I have grown up playing and watching football. My dad played it, my older brother went to college to play football, it is in my blood. Football has given me so many friends and family, and great memories that will last forever. It has also given me a great work ethic that I will use when I go off into adulthood. So yes, football means everything to me. What should college coaches know about you? College coaches should know that I am one of the hardest workers on the team, I play my hardest every single play, every single down, til the clock hits 0. I am a smart and mature player that knows the game inside and out. I am also a film junkie, so I like to sit and watch film before and after games. What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? I feel like my strongest trait is my knowledge on the field. I am able to sit back at Safety, read the play, react appropriately, and make the play. That was by far my strongest trait Junior year, and it will still be my strongest trait Senior year.

How does Dunlap look for the upcoming season? Being an upcoming Senior I have been apart of past Dunlap teams and it was the same casual offseason, that lead to a mediocre season. I feel this new Dunlap team has a change in energy, everyone this year wants to win just as much as the next guy. Everyone is getting competitive, we have a couple new guys joining the team that will make us even better. Everyone is counting us out this year because we lost pivotal players in Graham Glover, & Sam Morgan. However, I have a good feeling that this new Dunlap team will shock a few people and turn some heads. I am excited to say the least about this team. What are your goals for this upcomign season? Well I have a couple goals, first as a team, I want to make the state playoffs again, but this time I want to win a couple games into the playoffs this year. Second, I want to win the conference and bring the conference championship back to Dunlap. As for myself, I want to get All-Conference again. I would also like to get an All-Area award as well. For me personally, reaching the team goals is far more important to me than reaching my individual goals.

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