Ryan D'Imperio NFL bio

The bio for Vikings seventh-round draft pick Ryan D'Imperio, who is making the switch from linebacker to fullback.

6-2, 244
Washington Township High School

2009 Season

Started 24 of his final 25 games, serving as one of three captains for Rutgers … Was part of a senior class that led the Scarlet Knights to 36 wins (second-most in school history) and four bowl games (school record) … Helped Rutgers defense to two shutouts in 2009, including a 31-0 win over No. 23-ranked Florida State … Had a career-high 14 tackles against Syracuse … Registered 76 tackles, including eight for a loss, one sack, one interception and three passes broken up … Finished career with 185 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and six passes broken up.

2008 Season

Second Team All-Big East selection by the league's coaches … started all 13 games at middle linebacker … ranked fifth in the Big East with 7.15 tackles per contest … ranked 10th in the league with 0.96 tackles for loss per game … had at least one TFL in each of the last nine games of the season … career-high three sacks (one shy of the school record) to go along with six solo tackles at USF (11/15) … made his second career start in season opener vs. Fresno State (9/1) and posted a then-career-high eight tackles (second-most in the game) along with 1.5 tackles for loss … established a career-high and a game-high 13 tackles against North Carolina (9/11) to go along with a TFL … 10 tackles (3 solo, 7 assisted), along with a tackle-for-loss at West Virginia (10/4) … earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors with 11 tackles against Connecticut (10/18) … recorded eight stops and assisted on a key third-down sack at Pittsburgh (10/25) … assisted on five stops, including a critical stop for loss of one yard on a 3rd-and-1 in the second quarter against Syracuse (11/8) … also recovered an Orange fumble in the third quarter to set up a Rutgers TD three plays later … posted eight tackles (five solo stops) and a TFL against Army (11/22) … also forced his first career fumble against the Black Knights … eight tackles and a TFL in regular-season finale against Louisville (12/4) … finished with five tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a sack, three pass breakups and his first career interception in the PapaJohns.com Bowl against NC State (12/29).

2007 Season

Projected starter at middle linebacker but missed the start of the season after breaking his leg during spring drills … made his return late in the second half of the third game of the season against Norfolk St. (9/15) … increased his playing time as the season progressed and played in 11 games … 14 tackles, including 2.5 for loss on the year … moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart after four games of action (prior to USF game) … made his first tackle of the season at Syracuse (10/13) … had two assisted stops against USF (10/18) … followed that with a career-best three tackles and first career sack and TFL (1.5) all in the third quarter against West Virginia (10/27) … posted a TFL in second-straight game to go along with two tackles at Connecticut (11/3) … made two stops at Army (11/9)and recovered a fourth-quarter fumble with the Black Knights driving on the 15-yard line … had multiple stops for the fifth-straight game with two tackles against Pitt (11/17) … made a big solo stop, tackling Pitt RB LeSean McCoy at the goal line on 3rd-and-Goal at the 1-yard line in the first quarter … made his first career start in regular-season finale at Louisville (11/29), posting a tackle against the Cardinals.

2006 Season

Played in all 13 games as a true freshman … posted his first career tackle in the Scarlet Knights' shutout win over Illinois (9/9) … earned the majority of his playing time on special teams, recording two tackles.

High School

Starred at both linebacker and fullback throughout his scholastic career at Washington Township High School … rated the No. 28 inside linebacker in the country, as well as the No. 17 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals.com … also a standout on special teams and kicked two field goals as a senior … 54 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception from his inside linebacker position … rushed for 1,268 yards on 173 carries, a 7.3 yards per carry at fullback in leading his team to a 7-3 record … named First-Team All-South Jersey by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Courier-Post … also a First-Team All-Group IV and All-County selection … named team's offensive MVP and captain … ran for 973 yards and 14 touchdowns on 122 carries as a junior … recorded 64 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions in 2004 … selected to play in the New Jersey North/South All-Star Classic at Rutgers Stadium … named to the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Super 100 team … was a hurdler on the winter track and field team … also a standout baseball player who played with current Scarlet Knight infielder Dan Betteridge.


Born 8/15/87.

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