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Video+Story: UTEP Special Series ‘Raise The Pick’ – Ryan Metz

A Division I athletic scholarship has created a world of opportunities for Ryan Metz at The University of Texas at El Paso, and he expects those opportunities to continue long after graduation.

Metz is working hard to make it to the NFL but also is making plans for another career. After initially studying civil engineering, Metz switched his major.

“I decided I wanted to be around football as long as possible, and so I ended up switching to math and secondary education,” Metz said. “One, so I can be a coach, and two, I got into math because math has always been my favorite subject … I always want to know that I’ll have a secure job.”

Earning an athletic scholarship to UTEP was a long journey for Metz that almost ended before it even began. Support from his family, particularly his parents, helped keep him on track.

“If my parents didn’t encourage me to keep playing, I wouldn’t be playing,” Metz said as he recalled his days as a 9-year-old tight end/defensive end for the Northeast Raiders. “First day in pads I was like, ‘This isn’t for me.’ I didn’t want to play any more. [My parents] said, ‘Just stick it out one year, play one season and if you don’t like it anymore, you don’t have to play next year.’”

Growing up, Metz recalls going to UTEP football games and watching star players including Jordan Palmer and Trevor Vittatoe.

“When I was young, I was like, ‘Man, how cool would it be to be in that uniform?’” he recalled. Now, he’s “living the dream,” he said.

Of four schools pursuing him in high school, only UTEP offered Metz an athletic scholarship.

“My dad and I talk about this all the time,” Metz said. “It couldn’t have been a better offer. To be here, it’s such a blessing because I’m able to see my parents very frequently, I’m able to see my brother.”

His support system has grown to include his teammates and even his non-football-playing friends and roommates at UTEP.

Perseverance and patience got him through that season as a 9-year-old and have helped during his football career. He eventually made the switch to quarterback in seventh grade and has played the position ever since, but Metz had to work hard to get the starting quarterback position at UTEP.

“I’ve always just tried to be the patient kind,” Metz said. “Things aren’t going to just fall into your lap. I think that’s something that I needed was that patience and to experience those lows to be humble. My freshman year (at UTEP) I did pretty well, I was kind of riding a high.”

Then came the game against The University of Texas at San Antonio.

“I hit my valley and I was able to experience what it was like to have the worst game of my life,” he recalled about the match during his freshman year when Metz finished the game 22-of-48 for 212 yards, four interceptions and a touchdown. Two of the interceptions were returned for a touchdown. “It was tough to move on from that. There are a lot of times I go through a practice now and I think about all the bad things that I did [in that game].”

Metz, now a junior, feels blessed to have this second chance given to him by Coach Sean Kugler. He doesn’t want to waste the chance because he doesn’t know if he’ll get a third.

“(Ryan) is a quality kid. He’s a leader and a competitor,” Kugler said. “He was probably out [on the field] too early in his career. He just wasn’t quite ready yet, but no fault of his, he just had to be ready. Now he’s ready. It’s his time, he’s put in the work and he’s very productive when he’s played. Our offense, when he was inserted in last year, averaged over 30 points per game from the time he was the quarterback till the end of the season. The team rallies around him and he’s got a great demeanor. We’re excited about Ryan and what he can do for the program this season.”

One memorable game in which the team rallied around Metz was against rival New Mexico State University in 2015. Going into the game, Metz was second on the depth chart and only had a few snaps in a couple of regular season games at the beginning of that season. UTEP’s starting quarterback, Mack Leftwich, was knocked out of the game and Metz went in with the Miners down by seven points.

It was the perfect time for Metz to be the hero.

With his first pass of the game, he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

“I got back to the sideline and said, ‘Well, it can’t get worse than this,’” Metz recalled, as the Miners were down 14 points on the road.

Metz’s confidence didn’t waver and he led the team to a 50-47 overtime win, including going 15-for-19 for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

With the 2017 season underway, Metz has been named the starter, but he isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I still see it as a competition,” Metz said. “I perform better under pressure. I should have the confidence to say ‘Hey, this is mine. This is my job.’ But I don’t ever want to go in there and think, ‘This is mine; I don’t have to do anything for it.”

Metz also knows that the hard work and generosity of athletic donors has paid for his opportunity to pursue a football career and a college education, and he doesn’t take that for granted.

“Receiving a scholarship from UTEP really has meant everything for me,” Metz said. “Down the line it’s not only paid for my schooling, it’s going to open so many doors for me. I’ve made so many connections.”

Learn more about the Raise the Pick campaign.

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Author: Leonard Martinez – UTEP Communications  |  Raise the Pick: This is the first article in a series featuring UTEP student-athletes who share their unique stories and how athletic scholarships have made a difference in their lives. Each of these students reflects on the value of their UTEP experiences and the opportunities they are creating for the future. Visit minerathleticclub.com to learn more about the Raise the Pick campaign.

UTEP’s Ryan Metz Announced as Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Candidate

BALTIMORE, Md. – UTEP’s Ryan Metz was one of 47 standout quarterbacks from different divisions and conferences across the nation to be named as a 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award candidate on Tuesday.

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each football season and the winner is selected based on his accomplishments both on and off the field.

The junior signal caller played in 11 contests, starting seven during the 2016 campaign. Metz completed 64.7 (130-201) percent of his passes, which ranked third in Conference USA and is the program’s second-best single-season performance. Metz tossed 14 touchdowns, only four interceptions and 1,375 yards. His 141.14 passing efficiency rating was the program’s fifth-best single-season outing.

The native of El Paso was highlighted as one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week after tying his career high with a trio of touchdown passes during a 52-49 5OT victory at UTSA on Oct. 22. Metz also concluded his sophomore season with a pair of touchdown passes, including a career-long 72-yard score during a dominant victory over North Texas.

The graduate of Andress High School is known for his on-field achievements and has also made an impact off the field. Metz completed 25 hours of community service hours last season, while the signal caller is known for volunteering his time to children in the community.

Metz volunteered over 15 hours at children’s camps, where he assisted with football drills and activities for the future gridiron greats. Metz was also a member of Project MOVE, where he played with children in the community in various activities like kickball, football and soccer. Metz is active in assisting with the football team’s weekly dinner with the Child Crisis Center.

Metz, along with his teammates, spend time with the children in the Crisis Center, playing, working on homework and eating dinner together. His classroom achievements were recognized as Metz has been named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll the past three years.

Metz was also selected as one of 45 national collegiate quarterbacks, and the first UTEP quarterback, to be invited to the 2017 Manning Passing Academy supervised by the Manning Family (Archie, Cooper, Eli & Peyton). The camp was a four-day event that started June 22 at Nicholls State University in which over 125 prep, college and professional coaches, counselors and staff members were involved.

UTEP opens the 2017 season at Oklahoma on Sept. 2 (1:30 p.m. MT). The home opener will also be the C-USA lid lifter as the Miners will host Rice on Sept. 9 and will follow with another home game against Arizona on Friday, Sept. 15 (8:15 p.m.).

For season tickets call 915.747.6150 or email seasontickets@utep.edu.

Miners’ Metz Named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

The Wuerffel Trophy announced on Tuesday that UTEP quarterback Ryan Metz is one of 108 nominees from Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to make the watch list.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida.

Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

The El Paso native is known for his on-field achievements and has also made an impact off the field. The junior completed 25 hours of community service hours last season, while the signal caller is known for volunteering his time to children in the community. Metz volunteered over 15 hours at children’s camps, where he assisted with football drills and activities for the future gridiron greats.

Metz was also a member of Project MOVE, where he played with children in the community in various activities like kickball, football and soccer. Metz is active in assisting with the football team’s weekly dinner with the Child Crisis Center. Metz, along with his teammates, spend time with the children in the Crisis Center, playing, working on homework and eating dinner together.

Metz is one of eight Conference USA student-athletes on the list.

Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy is performed by a National Selection Committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.

Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2 and finalists will be announced on November 22.

UTEP’s Metz a Nominee for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced on Monday that UTEP quarterback Ryan Metz one of 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Work Team, a prestigious off-the-field honor in college football.

“Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works’ that often go unnoticed and unrewarded,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. “The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.”

The El Paso native is known for his on-field achievements and has also made an impact off the field. The junior completed 25 hours of community service hours last season, while the signal caller is known for volunteering his time to children in the community. Metz volunteered over 15 hours at children’s camps, where he assisted with football drills and activities for the future gridiron greats.

Metz was also a member of Project MOVE, where he played with children in the community in various activities like kickball, football and soccer. Metz is active in assisting with the football team’s weekly dinner with the Child Crisis Center. Metz, along with his teammates, spend time with the children in the Crisis Center, playing, working on homework and eating dinner together.

The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.

Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2017 Good Works Team.

Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel.

Once the final team members are announced in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.

In order to meet the criteria, set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

Metz has also excelled in the classroom, as he’s a three-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient with a 3.34 GPA in Mathematics. Metz completed 64.7 percent of his passes, ranked third in C-USA in 2016, while it’s the program’s second-best single-season performance. His 14 passing scores were the most for a UTEP quarterback since 2010.

Recently, Metz was one of 45 national collegiate quarterbacks, and the first UTEP quarterback, to be invited to the 2017 Manning Passing Academy supervised by the Manning Family (Archie, Cooper, Peyton and Eli). The camp was a four-day event that started on June 22 at Nicholls State University in which over 125 prep, college and professional coaches, counselors and staff members were involved.

UTEP QB Metz Named One of Eight Manning Award ‘Stars of the Week’

NEW ORLEANS – UTEP quarterback Ryan Metz was recognized as one of the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, “Stars of the Week” on Monday. The honor was earned after the El Paso native’s performance, helping to lead UTEP to a thrilling 52-49 victory in five overtimes at UTSA on Oct. 22.

Metz is one of eight quarterbacks to earn the prestigious recognition and college football fans can go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. CT, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

Metz tied his career best with three touchdown passes at the Alamodome on Saturday night. The sophomore threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Aaron Jones in regulation, a 25-yard touchdown toss to Jones in the second overtime and the game-winning score to Warren Redix, a six-yard pass in which Metz rolled out his right and found an open Redix in the end zone.

The Andress High School graduate finished with 211 yards on 15-of-23 passing and no interceptions. Metz engineered drives of 75, 65, 97 and 85 yards in regulation.

The other seven quarterbacks include, Jerod Evans [Virginia Tech], Lamar Jackson [Louisville], Pat Mahomes II [Texas Tech], Baker Mayfield [Oklahoma], Brent Stockstill [Middle Tennessee], Zach Terrell [Western Michigan] and Will Worth [Navy].

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List later in the season.

VOTE HERE! (Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page)

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

A Closer Look: Amazing Metz

The journey to become a college quarterback is usually a long one, with several twists, dips and turns along the way. Sometimes those events happen much quicker than expected, and nobody knows that tale better than UTEP Freshman QB Ryan Metz.

Metz found his way into the starting role at UTEP in a unconventional way. Metz was third on the depth chart behind Mack Leftwich and Jarrett Simpson. Nary a mention during Camp Ruidoso, when the Quarterback Question was asked.

Sophomore linebacker Alvin Jones (16) and freshman quarterback Ryan Metz set to take the field for UTEP's home opener Sept. 26.
Sophomore linebacker Alvin Jones (16) and freshman quarterback Ryan Metz (12) set to take the field for UTEP’s home opener on Sept. 26.

He entered the game against rival New Mexico State after Leftwich suffered a concussion. His first pass attempt resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown by the Aggies. Welcome to D1 football, Mr. Metz.

But he then led the Miners out of  a 14-point deficit to a 50 to 47 overtime win.

Then, in his first career start, Metz again worked his magic in UTEP’s home opener against Incarnate Word, rallying the Miners to score 17-unanswered points to secure the win.

He’s been at his best when asked to throw the ball and has done it looking cool, calm and collected. Metz admits that he’s anything but calm, he actually gets nervous, so nervous the only thing he can think of is making the best play.

But it’s his performance off the field that reveals who Metz is.

As Metz approaches the media for interviews, he’ll extend and shake everyone’s hand to greet them, he then does the same when the interviewing is done.  Another example of the humble demeanor that Metz presents.

And that is something rarely seen in athletes, especially one as young as he is.

The Andress alumns isn’t afraid of express his faith, either and openly gives thanks to God for the opportunity he’s been given. Metz isn’t the first student-athlete to be open about his religious believes. College athletics has seen it at a much higher profile with former Heisman trophy winner, Tim Tebow. But it again speaks volumes on exactly who Metz is, starting role or not.

Metz’s wears number 12, his favorite quarterback Tom Brady, also wears number 12. By no means is Metz at the same level of quarterbacking, but like Brady, he’s shown a knack for the comeback win.

For what it’s worth, it could be his admiration for Brady, his faith, the nerves or simply the respect he has for his coaches, teammates, the game and even media alike that aids Metz to perform when his number 12 is called.

Head coach, Sean Kugler has emphasized the importance of recruiting in El Paso, he may have found his quarterback in Metz following that very philosophy.

Kugler has praised Metz for his leadership and poise, despite being a Freshman.

Metz may never become as prolific as Brady, or he may not win a Heisman like Tebow, but he’s leading the way for a wounded Miners team that saw its starting running back and quarterback go down on consecutive weeks.

It will be that same demeanor that could propel the Miners into a successful season in 2015.

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