Ryan Torain #41 RB
Height: 6-1 Weight: 218 Age: 26
Born: 8/10/1986 Topeka , KS
College: Arizona State
Experience: 4th season
High School: Shawnee Mission Northwest HS [KS]
Selected By: Denver Broncos
Pick (Overall): 4 (139)
The former junior college transfer had as great an impact in two seasons as any running back in ASU history. A tough runner who is rarely brought down on first contact, he often hits defenders harder than they hit him. Torain combines speed, strength, agility and soft hands and would likely have been vying for All-American honors as a senior, but was sidetracked at midseason by a fractured toe that required surgery.
In 2006, he became the Sun Devils' first 1,000-yard runner since Delvin Flowers in 2001, as his 1,229 yards on the ground were the most by an ASU player since Freddie Williams totaled 1,427 yards in 1975. In 19 games at the university, he rushed for more than 100 yards in seven contests.
At Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Torain rushed for more than 1,600 yards as a senior. He was selected first-team All-League while leading the league in rushing and was named the All-Class 6A tailback in his final season. He once scored five touchdowns in the first half of a game. He lettered twice in football, twice in basketball and twice in track.
Torain enrolled at Butler Community College in 2004, starting six of 10 games, as he totaled 657 yards with nine scores on 119 rushing attempts (5.5 avg). He added 22 yards on two catches and recorded six tackles (3 solos), helping Butler to the national title game as he earned All-Jayhawk Community College Conference second-team honors as a freshman.
As a sophomore, Torain sat out four games with an ankle sprain, but still finished second on the team with 109 carries for 739 yards (6.8 avg) and 11 touchdowns. He scored 66 points and also returned a kickoff 19 yards while starting four of eight contests.
Torain piled up 1,396 yards with 20 touchdowns on 218 rushing attempts (6.4 avg) in 18 games at Butler College. He caught three passes for 17 yards and gained 19 yards on a pair of kickoff returns. He also recorded six tackles (3 solos) on special teams.
Torain transferred to Arizona State in 2005. He started the team's final eight games, picking up all-Pac 10 Conference second-team honors. He scored seven times on 223 attempts for a team-high 1,229 yards (5.5 avg). He placed third on the squad with 18 receptions for 205 yards (11.4 avg) and three scores, finishing with 60 points and amassed 1,434 all-purpose yards.
As a senior, Torain started the first six games before his fractured toe would force him to sit out the final seven contests. He still ranked second on the team with 553 yards and five touchdowns on 110 carries (5.0 avg). He also snared seven passes for 100 yards (14.3 avg) and a pair of scores, totaling 653 all-purpose yards.
In 19 games at Arizona State, Torain started 14 contests. He rushed 333 times for 1,782 yards (5.4 avg) and 12 touchdowns. He caught 25 passes for 305 yards (12.2 avg), including five scores, piling up 102 points while recording two solo tackles. He also tallied 2,087 all-purpose yards, an average of 109.84 yards per game.