Ryan Van Dyke
Heir apparent to the starting job at quarterback following the departure of two-year starter Bill Burke . . . threw for 508 yards (42-of-80 passing) and four touchdowns in three spring scrimmages . . . completed 17-of-25 passes for 219 yards in the 2000 Green-White spring game . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in four games (vs. Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State) in 1999 and played 44 minutes . . . sidelined for two weeks with a sprained right foot (DNP vs. Notre Dame and Illinois) . . . completed 58 percent (21 of 36) of his passes for 393 yards and four TDs . . . came off the bench for the final three drives vs. Penn State . . . his 5-yard scramble on third-and-1 set up T.J. Duckett's fourth touchdown run . . . threw only one pass in the fourth quarter vs. Penn State, a 7-yard completion to Gari Scott . . . played well off the bench vs. Northwestern, completing seven-of-15 throws for 153 yards and two scores . . . hooked up with Plaxico Burress for scoring plays of 35 and 84 yards against the Wildcats . . . played a season-high 17.5 minutes vs. Northwestern . . . threw for 147 yards (eight of 13) and two TDs vs. Iowa, including a 10-yard toss to Burress and a 35-yard strike to Herb Haygood for scores . . . combined with Burke for a Spartan single-game record six passing TDs against the Hawkeyes . . . hit five-of-seven passes for 86 yards vs. Eastern Michigan but had to leave the game in the first half after spraining his right foot . . . completed 27-of-42 passes for 319 yards and two scores in the '99 Green-White spring game . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in seven games as a true freshman in 1998 and played 52.5 minutes . . . sat out two games with a sprained left shoulder (vs. Notre Dame and Michigan) . . . completed 33-of-63 passes (.524) for 353 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in '98 . . . had a 5-yard TD toss to Ivory McCoy in the fourth quarter vs. Illinois . . . came off the bench late in the fourth quarter vs. Purdue after Bill Burke suffered a mild concussion . . . hit 4-of-8 throws for 51 yards vs. Purdue . . . connected on 3-of-7 passes for 75 yards vs. Northwestern, including a season-long 36-yarder to Herb Haygood . . . played a season-high 23.5 minutes vs. Minnesota after Burke left the game with a mild concussion late in the first quarter . . . threw for 160 yards vs. Minnesota (18-of-31 passing) . . . went 4-for-4 on a five-play, 60-yard scoring drive in the second quarter against the Gophers, including his first career TD pass ? a 20-yarder to Chris Baker . . . made his first collegiate appearance with 3:45 left in the '98 season opener vs. Colorado State and the Spartans trailing by a touchdown . . . completed 2-of-4 passes for 24 yards vs. Colorado State . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep, Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, The National Recruiting Advisor and PrepStar All-American . . . named to SuperPrep's, Lemming's Prep Football Report's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the nation's top 30 players according to Lemming's Football Report . . . ranked among the nation's top 10 quarterbacks by The National Recruiting Advisor and PrepStar . . . stood No. 5 on The Detroit News Blue Chip List . . . rated No. 3 on the Lansing State Journal's "Catch 22" . . . first-team all-state QB completed 118-of-182 passes (.648) for 1,996 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior . . . led Marshall (Mich.) High School to a 12-1 record in 1997 and a second-place finish in the state playoffs . . . added 300 yards rushing and scored seven TDs in '97 . . . played for Coach Rich Hulkow at Marshall . . . runs 4.8 in the 40 . . . member of the honor roll . . . born Feb. 13, 1980 . . . majoring in communication.
Van Dyke's Statistics
Van Dyke's Career Highs
Pass Attempts: 31, vs. Minnesota (1998)
Pass Completions: 18, vs. Minnesota (1998)
Passing Yards: 160, vs. Minnesota (1998)
Passing TDs: 2, twice (last vs. Northwestern, 1999)
Interceptions: 1, four times (last vs. Northwestern, 1998)