AT VIRGINIA: 2002?Played in all 14 games and turned in big plays on both offense and special teams ??caught 11 passes for 195 yards and two scores ... 10 of his receptions went for either a first down or touchdown ??averaged 17.7 yards per reception, eighth among ACC players with at least 10 receptions ? played on the kickoff and kickoff return teams, the punt and punt return teams and on the kick defense team ??eight tackles in punt coverage, second on the team ??led the punt team in tackles on four occasions ??seven tackles in kickoff coverage, fourth on the team ? his first reception of the season went for 16 yards and a first down against Florida State ? also had two tackles in kickoff coverage ? had a 22-yarder vs. Akron ??had only two catches against Wake Forest, but both of them were huge ? made a spectacular catch on a 33-yard touchdown to score UVa?s first touchdown late in the second quarter against Wake Forest ... late in the third quarter he was ?Johnny on the Spot? ??pulled down a tipped Wali Lundy throw intended for Heath Miller and skipped into the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown play ? also had three tackles to lead the punt coverage unit ??had a big 24-yard reception against Duke ... the catch went for a first down and kept the drive alive where UVa scored the winning touchdown ? caught a career-high four passes for 41 yards in place of an injured Billy McMullen in the win over West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl ? all four of his grabs resulted in first downs ... earned his third letter. 2001?Played in seven contests ? saw action as a reserve wide receiver but didn?t catch a pass ? excellent special teams performer who was frequently one of the first players down the field in kick coverage ? made his only tackle vs. Penn State ? began the spring practice period at safety but moved to wide receiver midway through spring practice ... lettered for the second time. 2000?Played in all 11 regular season games and against Georgia in the O?ahu Bowl ... saw action on the kickoff return and punt return teams throughout the season ... listed as a reserve safety but didn?t see any playing time in the secondary ... lettered. 1999?Red-shirted ... did not see any game action ... was in uniform against Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Buffalo.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter at wide receiver for Pope High School head coach Steve Sparks ... listed among Max Emfinger National 125 Bluechips, Jeff Whitaker?s Deep South Top 25 recruits and Forrest Davis? Georgia Top 12 players ... rated one of the top 25 football prospects in Georgia by Georgia High School magazine ... Southeastern Football Recruiting All-South Team ... Borderwars Top 100 prospect ... listed as one of the top three prospects in metro Atlanta by Metro magazine ... earned All-America recognition as a senior in 1998 by SuperPrep and PrepStar ... named to AAAA All-State team by The Associated Press ... also named All-State and one of Top 50 College Prospects in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Region 6-AAAA Player of the Year and All-Region as a senior ... selected All-County by the Journal-Constitution and Marietta Daily Journal his junior and senior years ... team?s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year as a senior ... team captain ... helped lead Pope to 1998 Region 6-AAAA championship ... first region championship in 11-year history of the school ... caught 58 passes for 1185 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year ... had 37 catches for 670 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... as a sophomore, he caught 18 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns in his first year as a starter ... finished his career with 113 receptions for 2,227 yards and 21 touchdowns ... selected to play in the 1998 Georgia/Florida All-Star game at the Georgia Dome.
PERSONAL: Ryan Andrew Sawyer ... born 4-16-81 in Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Janice and the late Rod Sawyer ... has two siblings, Janifer (25), and Katie (19) ... high school honor student ... voted by faculty and students as Pope High School?s Most Athletic Male ... listed in Who?s Who in High School Sports ... Athlete of the Year in 1998 by Coaches? Corner ? received his undergraduate degree in religious studies in May of 2003.
Summer Buildup Begins in EarnestMen's Basketball6/28/16The Virginia men's basketball team, which will travel to Spain in August, held its first practice of the summer Tuesday at JPJ.O'Leary Takes Unusual Path to OlympicsWomen's Rowing6/27/16Meghan O'Leary, who played softball and volleyball at UVA, will represent the United States in rowing at the Olympics this summer.Tiffany Plans to Push Pace at UVAMen's Lacrosse6/21/16New men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany comes to Virginia from Brown, which went 16-3 and led the nation in scoring this season.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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