A Solid Senior Season for Breen

Ryan Breen

Fight On State continues our senior season report series on Penn State's Class of 2007 members. This time we take a look at Ryan Breen. The Michigan punter's big leg put up some big numbers, leading to some impressive honors this season.

With an 8-1 regular season record, Ryan Breen's Clarkston team had a solid run through the Oakland I League this season. Breen is considered by many to be the top kicker and punter in the state of Michigan with the ability to get consistent hangtime on the ball.

In fact, at the Ray Guy National Kicking Camp in 2005, held in Detroit, he had the best kickoff distance (69 yards) and best hangtime (4.19 seconds).

As a junior Breen had 32 total touchbacks and also had another three kickoffs inside the 20. In fact, two of those three kickoffs were taken down by Breen at the 12 and 18 yard lines.

Breen also booted a 72 yard punt in 2005 which was the 12th longest punt in MHSAA history.

This season, on 22 punts, he averaged a distance of 36 yards. On extra points, he was 26-for-31 (84 percent). He also had five field goals with a long of 33 yards.

Breen's performance this season has earned him a Detroit Free Press All-Area North selection at both kicker and punter. He was also an All-Metro selection with future Penn State teammate Chris Colasanti, who was selected at linebacker.

As Kurt Richardson, Breen's coach, said, "With Ryan we had good field position all the time. Some people who don't understand football don't realize how important it is to have the other team start on their 20."

Breen's high school season ended against Dekota on November 10, after two convincing playoff victories.

Breen was recruited by Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State. When asked about his Penn State decision he said, "My whole family got together and we talked about it. Penn State just seemed more humble than the rest. Penn State was more like a campus than just a city. The campus was really nice and the coaches are great."

Get season recaps on other commitments to Penn State's Class of 2007:

Josh Marks
Stephfon Green
Andrew Szczerba
Kevion Latham
Quinn Barham
Nate Stupar
Nick Sukay
Jon Ditto
Andrew Dailey
Chris Colasanti

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