Ty Ryans is wrapping up his senior year at Cherokee as the Big Mobuck on Campus.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Ryans enjoyed a gridiron career with the Chiefs that was nothing short of spectacular. He is the greatest quarterback in the school’s history, having passed for more than 7,000 yards with only five interceptions. This year alone, Ryans threw for 2,320 yards and 23 scoring strikes. He also rushed for 734 yards and seven touchdowns.
During basketball season, Ryans led Cherokee in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game. He has scored more than 1,400 career points for the Chiefs, a stint that saw him lead Cherokee to the 2012 TSSAA basketball tournament in Murfreesboro.
Next fall, the IMAC’s offensive player of the year on the gridiron will suit up for Virginia-Wise, which signed him to a football scholarship. He had some basketball offers but stayed with the game he finds the most fun.
“I just enjoy being on the field with a group of guys. I feel that I can impact the game of football more than I can basketball,” Ryans said. “The number one thing is that I feel like I’d get to play more with football than with basketball.”
Times-News sports writer George Thwaites recently caught up with Ryans for a short Q&A. Here’s what he had to say:
Who is your favorite athlete, past or present?
I’m going with LeBron (James). He’s big and aggressive. He can take over a game. He’s a leader on the court. He’s dominant.
What is your favorite athletic memory?
Going to state last year, definitely. That was the first time in school history. There’s a lot of memories there. It was a great time.
What is your worst athletic memory?
I’d have to say this year. The last football game. We lost to Morristown West by two.
What’s your favorite movie?
“Stomp the Yard.” It’s a dancing movie. I like to dance.
What actor would portray you in a movie about your life?
Adam Sandler or Ashton Kutcher. Adam Sandler played in “The Longest Yard.” He’s kind of funny.
Name your three ideal dinner guests.
Michael Jordan, Jesus and George Washington.
What would you have to eat?
Fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and macaroni.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Superman. Because he’s Superman.
Do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
I take naps. About an hour- or two-hour nap before every game.
Do you have any nicknames?
Coach calls me “Sleepy.”
What is your favorite non-sports activity?
Video games. My favorite game is “Call of Duty.”