Virginia vs. Florida State - November 4, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
PRONUNCIATION: why GAND
AT VIRGINIA: 2006-Punted in six games ... averaged 42.4 yards on 24 punts, the best average by a Virginia punter in six years ... saw first action in season opener vs. Pittsburgh and also kicked in the final five games of the season ... had one punt for 37 yards vs. Pitt in his UVa debut ... kicked five times for 43.2 average in second game appearance vs. North Carolina ... averaged 42.2 yards and had season-long kick of 58 yards vs. NC State ... kicked twice for 42.0 average and long of 47 against Miami ... punted five times for 39.8 average at Florida State ... had best day at Virginia Tech where he averaged 45 yards per kick on six punts with a long of 58 yards ... earned first letter. 2005- Back up punter behind Chris Gould at punter ... was in uniform for the first 10 games of the season and the Music City Bowl, but did not see any action.
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top junior college punters in the nation in 2004 for coach Dennis Gossard at Pasadena City College ... averaged 40.3 yards per punt as a redshirt freshman, the school's best average in at least 20 seasons ... eight punts of at least 50 yards, including a long of 58 ... dropped 12 inside the 20-yard line ... also handled the team's kickoffs and had nine touchbacks ... named All-Mission Conference National Division Second Team ... JC Grid-Wire Scholar-Athlete first-team All-American ... received a medical redshirt in 2003 after appearing in just one game ...made two extra points in that game ... his school is known for producing outstanding kickers, including former Dallas Cowboys punter Mike Saxon and former Los Angeles Rams kicker Mike Lansford ... was a first-team All-Sante Fe League choice as a senior in 2001 at La Salle HS for coach Sab Manante ... named to the Pasadena Star-News All-San Gabriel Valley Area team ... averaged 41.5 yards per punt and made six of 10 field goals, including a 50-yard kick ... was also an accomplished soccer player ... named All-CIF and was a four-year varsity player ... made the school's Soccer Wall of Fame as a senior and was the team MVP as a junior ... all-league in cross country as a freshman, finishing seventh at the Sante Fe League Finals ... made cum laude honors.
PERSONAL: Ryan Paul Weigand ... born 12-3-83 in Pasadena, Calif. ... son of Debbie and Jeff Weigand ... has a younger sister, Alexa, and a younger brother, Brett ... Brett is a punter at Pasadena City College ... his first cousin is X-Games athlete Jimmy Blackstock, who was fifth in the world in roller blading ... psychology major.