Ryan Custer - 73
One of the team's most experienced offensive lineman entering the season, Custer started the first seven games at left guard before injuries slowed his fifth year in a Commodore uniform... Ended up playing in 11 of 12 games, all at left guard, alternating with Kyle Fischer... Ankle injury that came in Georgia outing kept Custer from the Commodore lineup... Ended career with 47 game appearances and 19 starts.
The Commodores' most experienced offensive lineman entering the season, Custer saw action in every game... He enjoyed nine starting assignments at left guard, including starts in the Commodores' five victories to open the season... Was replaced in the starting lineup by Kyle Fischer at left guard for Kentucky game... Played effectively in extensive action during the finale at Wake Forest and bowl victory over Boston College.
After enjoying three starts at guard as a redshirt freshman, Custer served as one of the offensive line's top reserves in 2007, rotating in with senior starter Josh Eames at left guard... Played in nine games, missing the Richmond, Alabama and South Carolina contests.
As a redshirt freshman, Custer saw action in every game as an offensive guard, playing his way into a more substantial role during the second half of the season... Role expanded in Georgia game after injury sidelined veteran guard Josh Eames...Started at left guard in the next three games - South Carolina, Duke and Florida - until Eames returned to the lineup.
Redshirted as freshman... Worked as offensive guard during fall practices.
Two-year starter for Trojans... Started at both offensive tackle and defensive tackle for 8-3 squad that advanced to playoffs in largest Ohio classification... Credited with 59 tackles and 17 tackles for loss as a defensive standout... Named to the First Team All-Dayton Area Team and All-Southwest Ohio District Team as a defensive lineman... Earned special mention All-Ohio recognition... Avid weighlifter who has gained 125 pounds since ninth grade.
Ryan James Custer... Son of Jerri Custer... Has older brother and younger sister... Mom is an executive assistant... Never played football before moving to Troy in ninth grade... Prep teammates Todd Denlinger and Shane Carter committed to Ohio State and Wisconsin, respectively... Plans to major in engineering... A high honor roll student... Served as volunteer with local Kids Playhouse... Enjoys building 3-D puzzles.
Troy Head Coach Steve Nolan
"You're going to love this kid when he gets to Vanderbilt. You're talking about a very steady, physical and powerful player, very intense on the football field. When Ryan was out there for us, bodies were flying around.
"Ryan also works hard, and has put a lot into making himself better. He has great feet and mobility to go along with a powerful upper body. Ryan has a lot of football in front of him."