PERSONAL — Born Ryan Michael DePalo on March 23, 1985 in White Plains, N.Y. Parent: Marcia Kafentzig. Family: Two brothers, one sister. High School (Coach): Southridge 2003. Major: Business Administration. Redshirt: 2003.
OREGON — The former walk-on had positioned himself for a starting role in the fall before a knee injury during the spring delayed those aspirations. Yet recovery loomed ahead of schedule so his return is possible before season’s end. Hard work and dedication have paid dividends for the overachiever who utilizes his experience and intelligence to overcome any physical deficiencies. Possesses the work ethic that forces teammates to look up to, and has made an impact on special teams each of the past three years. Owns a command of the defense that allows him to place those around him in the proper position. Has excelled in the weight room, equaling the secondary’s second-best power clean maximum (324 lbs.) in the program’s history, as well as the fourth-best bench press (best since 2000) ever by a defensive back.
2006 — Taking part in all 12 games as a defensive reserve and special teams stalwart, tallied five of his stops on kick coverage units as special teams third-leading tackler. Posted two tackles each against Fresno State, Washington State, Portland State and Oregon State, in addition to breaking up pass vs. Oklahoma. Experienced most extensive playing time against Portland State (32 snaps) and Washington (28).
2005 — Stepped up his game to the point of finishing second on the team in special teams tackles (16) in addition to experiencing valuable time from the line of scrimmage in a reserve role. Shared the lead in special teams tackles in four of 12 appearances, while posting personal-best four stops vs. Montana and Oregon State. Also broke up one pass attempt at Arizona State.
2004 — Accumulated 11 of his 12 tackles in 11 special teams appearances as the unit’s second-most productive performer. Posted three stops vs. Idaho and Arizona in addition to pacing kicking units vs. Indiana, Washington and the Wildcats.
HIGH SCHOOL — Earned third-team all league honors in basketball as a senior. Was a two-way starter on the football field, playing both wide receiver and free safety. Also lettered two years in track and two years in baseball.