Player Spotlight: Ryan Cloney

<STRONG>Interview with Thousand Oaks HS QB</STRONG>

Our next interview comes from Thousand Oaks HS quarterback Ryan Cloney. Ryan had a great sophomore season at QB and is a name to watch out for in the next couple of years.


PrepCA: What were your stats from last season?

Ryan: My official stats last season were 214/316 for 2964 yards 68% completion 19 TDs and 7 INTs.


PrepCA: What is your official height, weight and 40?

Ryan: I'm officially 6'2, 175 and run a 4.8 forty.


PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?

Ryan: My greatest football memory was playing against Arroyo Grande in the playoffs were I threw for 509 yards and 2 touchdowns. We were down all game until we went down on a 90+ yard drive that ended on touchdown I threw with a little over 1 minute left in the game.  It ended up being the winning score.


PrepCA: What are your goals for the upcoming football season?

Ryan: My goals for this season are to become league champions and to bring home a C.I.F Div. 4 championship back to Thousand Oaks High School


PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season?

Ryan: The way I am preparing for this upcoming season is by going over the offense with the coaches in great detail, throwing three times a week with the receivers, working on footwork drills, putting on some weight, and lifting Monday through Friday.


PrepCA: Will you be attending any summer camps?

Ryan: This summer I am not one hundred percent sure what camps I'm going to go to attend but I think ASU and USC.


PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you worked really hard on improving? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Ryan: The one particular aspect of my game I've really worked hard to improve is my footwork. Most quarterbacks will tell you that bad throws are a result of bad footwork.  I am also concentrating on improving my arm strength because you can never have too strong of an arm.


PrepCA: Who are some teammates that we should watch out for?

Ryan: Some of my teammates that people need to watch out for are seniors Matt Luft (WR/S), Tony D'azenso (LB) and underclassmen Taylor Malm (WR/RB/DB) and Dejuan Yates (LT) all have a lot of experience and play the game with all their will.


PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Ryan: The one person I respect the most on my team is Taylor Malm. The reason is that Taylor isn't just a great player; he's a great person as well. I spend a lot of time with him whether it is at the gym, throwing routes or just hanging out. He's always demanding one more rep or route out of himself.  He holds himself to such a high level. I don't think many people have the self-discipline that Taylor has.


PrepCA: What are your goals as far as playing in college?

Ryan: My goals regarding college are high but before that I have to take one season at a time. When it comes for college time I want to be playing Div. 1 and having a lot of success. 


PrepCA: Would you consider staying in-state?

Ryan: I would always consider any opportunity that I would have regarding football. If that means having the option to stay in State of coarse I would consider it so I could be closer to my family, but I wouldn't rule out playing somewhere out of state as well.


PrepCA: I know you are only going to be a junior but what would your current top five schools be?

Ryan: Even though I am only going to be a junior, if I was to narrow my top colleges down they would be ASUCAL, UCLA, Colorado and Arizona.


PrepCA: How would your coach describe you as a player?

Ryan: The way my coach would describe me is a player who loves the game, and wants to have to ball in his hands when the game is on the line.


PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete?

Ryan: My favorite athlete is John Elway because he was such a great leader and he did what ever it took to come out a winner.


PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Ryan: The best piece of advice I have ever received came from my quarterback coach Ron Veres, "Don't ever think you know everything because you never will, there is always something to learn."


PrepCA: What can fans expect from Thousand Oaks HS this year?

Ryan: The things that everyone can expect out of Thousand Oaks High School is everyone going out and playing with heart and a lot of pride. Everything else will fall into place.


PrepCA: What do you bring to your HS as a player?

Ryan: As a player, what I bring to this program is someone who will do what ever it takes to come out a winner. The feeling of losing for me is terrible. Another thing I bring to this program is poise, during the games I try to keep a level head about myself.  I remind the receivers and backs about the particular game situations and keep my teammate cool when it comes down to crunch time.


The staff at PrepCA would like to thank Ryan for his time and wish him luck during the upcoming season. Anyone wishing to contact Ryan may email

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