Ryan Mundy #21 SS
Height: 6-1 Weight: 209 Age: 30
Born: 2/11/1985 Pittsburgh , PA
College: West Virginia
Experience: 7th season
High School: Woodland Hills HS [Pittsburgh, PA]
Selected By: Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick (Overall): 28 (194)
Even though his career at West Virginia was short lived, Mundy teamed with Eric Wicks to give the Mountaineers one of the best safety tandems in college football. The defensive back enrolled at WVU after spending his first four seasons at the University of Michigan, ironically the school that their former head coach, Rich Rodriguez, bolted to before the end of Mundy's senior campaign.
In 2007, Mundy took advantage of a short-lived NCAA rule allowing graduating players to use their last year of eligibility while in a graduate program at another college. After starting 18 games for Michigan over three years (plus a redshirt year for a shoulder injury), he decided to go to a school closer to his hometown.
At Woodland Hills High School, Mundy was a three-year starter as a strong safety and wide receiver. He was named to USA Today's All-American second-team, adding first-team national honors from Prep Star and Super Prep. He was rated the fourth-best safety in the country by Tom Lemming and named to Lemming's 2003 Super Team. He was rated the best defensive back in the nation and named Northeast Defensive Player of the Year and the best player in Pennsylvania by Super Prep.
Mundy was graded as a four-star prospect by Rivals100.com, adding All-State honors in addition to picking up Pittsburgh Tribune-Review AAAA Player of the Year and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 Team as a junior and senior. He garnered All-Conference twice and tallied two interceptions at the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Mundy holds the school record for career receptions (54) and collected 1,184 career receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. He rushed 14 times for 201 yards, registered 214 career tackles and had 17 interceptions. He caught 32 passes for 755 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran 12 times for 200 yards as a senior. He also made 70 tackles and recorded seven interceptions senior year.
As a junior, Mundy registered 84 tackles and seven interceptions, as he also had 12 grabs for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He lettered three times in track, clocking a career-best 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters. He also competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 4x100 relay.
Appearing in 10 games as a reserve free safety, Mundy posted 10 tackles (7 solos) during his first collegiate season as a reserve free safety at Michigan in 2003. He took over free safety chores for the Wolverines, starting 12 games in 2004. He collected 51 tackles (33 solos), as he batted away three passes and intercepted two others.
In the 2005 season opener vs. Northern Illinois, Mundy suffered nerve damage in his shoulder early in the first quarter. He missed the rest of the season, receiving a medical red-shirt. He returned to the Wolverines in 2006, starting six of 11 games at free safety, going on to post 25 tackles (17 solos). He also had a sack and an interception in his final season at Michigan.
Mundy took over free safety duties in his only season at West Virginia. He finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles (27 solos), including one stop behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered three fumbles and deflected seven passes. He also came up with a trio of interceptions for 75 yards in returns.