Friday, September 20, 2013

Lycoming's Rising Star is WR Ryan Umpleby

Sophomore WR Ryan Umpleby heads for the pylon
Williamsport, PA - Ryan Umpleby is a sophomore wide reciver from Forest Hill, Maryland. Forest Hill is just south of the Pennsylvania border and is a small community of 17,000 people (2000 Census). It has plenty of open land on one side of town and suburbs on the other. It is best known for St. Ignatius Church which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

St Ignatius Church (Wikipedia)
St. Ignatius Church is a historic Roman Catholic Church located in Harford County, Maryland. It is a rubble stone, one-story rectangular structure of five bays, with a tall tower at the west end and a rubble stone two-story rectangular addition. The original 35 feet by 50 feet church was built between 1786 and 1792.

A major addition was made in 1848 and the tower was added in 1865. The parish hall wing was constructed in 1822 and a small frame sacristy was added in 1887. It is the oldest extant church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

I have only met Ryan a couple of times and already I have determined that he has taken on the characteristics of his home town environment. He is gentle, interesting, bright and loves life, especially football. And he is someone who is getting noticed on the gridiron because of his outstanding play and if you have not noticed, you will know him very well before the year is over. He has that magical ability to get open and beckons Tyler Jenny to throw it to me and I will pull it in.

 In 2012, Ryan appeared in all 10 games and recorded 14 catches for 137 yards. As a freshman, he finished fourth on the team in receptions and receiving yards. Umpleby posted three catches for 43 yards against powerful Delaware Valley, helping us get that key victory for the 8-2 Warriors. He also had a seven-yard touchdown reception against FDU-Florham.

Ryan only had three catches against Brockport, but the Wilkes game was another matter. He had 5 key catches, one for a touchdown, one reception was 40 yards and he averaged 25 yards per catch. He is the longer receiver who can get open and extend plays for the benefit of the Warriors,

So I am excited to watch Ryan as he progresses through this year, one game at a time. Sure, he will make mistakes. Sure he will drop some balls, but as a sophomore, he is getting fabulous experience and getting better each game. For me Ryan is a rising star you will want to keep your eye on.