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– Week Ending Dec. 4

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Hard work, practice and dedication.

Chad Ryland has made himself into quite the place kicker. Because of his continuing improvement, Ryland’s future is very bright.

Ryland, a 2018 graduate of Cedar Crests, is on the back side of a spectacular junior season as the kicker on Eastern Michigan’s Division One football squad. Ryland has helped the Eagles to a 7-5 record this season, one which will conclude with a December 18 date with Liberty in the LendingTree Bowl.

This year, Ryland has connected on 1`7 of his 20 field goal attempts, including a long of 55 yards, and has nailed all 45 of his extra point tries, for a total of 96 points. Ryland is also averaging 59.3 yards on 67 kickoffs, with 36 touchbacks.

Twice this season, Ryland has earned Mid-American Conference West Division Special Teams Player of the Week honors

Over his career, the former Falcon has converted 54 of his 72 field goal attempts, or 75 percent of his tries, and is 139 of 142 on his extra point attempts. Ryland is methodically moving near the top of Eastern Michigan’s all-time lists for career points, field goals and extra points.

  • Jeff Falk

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