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Ricky Schwarz

Ricky  Schwarz


Ormond Beach, Fla

High School:
Seabreeze HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 215


2011 (Senior): Made seven appearances on the season including starting the season-opener at Georgia Tech ... Was sidelined off-and-on during the season by a variety of injuries including shoulder and hamstring ailments ... Finished with 19 tackles including six solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss ... Posted 1.5 tackles for loss against Furman ... Tallied three solo stops at Chattanooga ... Recorded a season-high five tackles in the season-finale against Coastal Carolina ... Named to the 2011 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.

2010 (Junior): Started eight of the nine games in which he saw action ... Missed the season opener recovering from off-season surgery on his pectoral muscle ... Finished with 61 tackles on the season including 23 solo stops and 6.5 tackles for loss ... Ranked fifth on the team in tackles ... Added a pair of quarterback sacks ... Recorded nine tackles in four games on the year ... Posted two tackles for loss in his first game of the year against Tusculum ... Named to the 2010 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.

2009 (Sophomore): Started all nine games in which he played, missing games at Samford (ankle) and against Elon due to injury ... Ranked tied for fourth on the team in tackles, finishing with 67 total hits including 29 solo stops ... Opened the year with three-straight, double-digit tackle games including twice securing a career-high 11 stops against Gardner-Webb and at Georgia Southern ... Posted seven solo stops against GWU ... Added three tackles behind the line of scrimmage for 12 yards in losses ... Recorded 1.5 TFL at nationally-ranked Appalachian State ... Was credited with three pass break-ups, tied for the most among WCU linebackers ... Suffered a torn pectoral muscle that sidelined him the majority of spring drills ... Did not dress for WCU's annual Spring Game.

2008 (Freshman): Played in 12 games with one start coming at Presbyterian ... Recorded 19 total hits, including seven solo stops ... Tallied a then career-high four high tackles in two games - against nationally-ranked Liberty and at The Citadel ... Posted seven stops in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western: A four-year letter winner who played primarily on defense after his freshman season ... Helped guide his squad to the state championship game his senior season ... Played three years as a safety, spending his junior year at linebacker ... Recorded 293 career tackles including a career-best 150 during his junior campaign to earn defensive MVP honors ... Finished his four years with 22 quarterback sacks, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries ... In his first season, rushed 80 times for 400 yards and two scores ... Away from football, participated in wrestling and also captained his track & field squad, garnering MVP honors as a junior after earning first team All-Volusia County accolades in the 400-meter dash and 4x800-meter relay.

Personal: Is the son of Richard and Stephanie Schwarz ... Has two siblings, Ali and Maddie ... His uncle (Jim) was a linebacker for the University of Cincinnati.