Ryan Ruckdashel Ready for 2006 Season

Ryan Ruckdashel, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound redshirt freshman, is in competition for a starting spot on the offensive line with two other freshman. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Ruckdashel to learn about his expectations for the season.

Ryan Ruckdashel is a 2005 graduate of Apple Valley (MN) Eastview. He was selected as to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 18th-best offensive lineman and was a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer. Ruckdashel was ranked as the 89th-best offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com and was named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams in 2004. He was a two-time all-conference performer and was also named first-team all-state by the Associated Press and second-team all-state by the Pioneer Press his senior season. Ruckdashel was a two-year starter at tackle, helping his team average 5.9 yards per rush in 2004 and served as team captain his senior year. He was an Honor Roll student and MSHSL ExCEL Award winner.

You redshirted last year. What things were you able to learn from last year that will help you this season?

"I know every position on the line left and right. That is the biggest thing that I learned. I know the whole offense on the line."

What primary position are you planning on playing this season. I know there was some talk about you playing center?

"There is a big competition at right guard with me, Tavale and Hudson, so right now that is what I am focused on. They have also said that center is not out of the picture.

Is that something that is going to help you get onto the field quicker, the fact that you can play multiple positions, especially if there is an injury?

"I agree with that."

Does it helps that you have a few former Eastview teammates on the roster in Jon Shevlin and Jason Meinke?

"I guess so. I knew coming in that Jason was coming in with me. I know "Shevy," because I played with him my sophomore year. I guess you could say it was."

How about your weight? It looks like you've gotten a lot bigger in the last year or so.

"I'm at 275. I gained about 30 pounds since the start of football last year until now."

What is your weight goal? Would you like to get a little bigger this season?

"For this year, I'm good where I am at. But in the future, I'll be working on that."

What would you like to weigh?

"Where I can still be fast and still move. Whatever that mark is, I'll find out."

What are your individual goals for this season?

"To start at right guard or any other position and get a lot of experience."

What are the expectations for the offensive line. Obviously, you lost a few key players, but the line has been one of the key factors for this team the last several years.

"A lot of people doubt since we lost two All-Americans, but honestly, we have a lot to prove and we'll step up to it."

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