Played in every game as redshirt sophomore, contributing as the team's primary fullback and on special teams... Used frequently as blocker in short yardage situations, but did post one catch- a 2-yarder for touchdown in finale at Tennessee... Also had a single rushing attempt in each of team's first four games, totaling nine yards... First career rush resulted in 2-yard touchdown against Western Carolina... Credited with pair of tackles as member of coverage units.
Van Rensburg served as special teams contributor, seeing action on conversion and return units in final eight games.
2007 Did not see game action as a freshman, though impressed as a practice squad running back in fall drills... Earned team's Offensive Scout of the Week honor after Georgia game.
HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterwinner for one of Florida's top 2A programs... Started as lone back as junior and senior, helping Bulldogs to 2006 state title... Averaged 14 yards per carrry rushing for 1,049 yards and 15 TDs as senior, earning All-State honors... Named by Jacksonville Times-Union to Florida Super 25 team... As junior, rushed for 20 TDs and nearly 1,000 yards... Also lettered in track & field and weightlifting... Won state weightlifting championship as a senior and finished third in state weightlifting championships as junior and qualified for state track meet in shot put.
PERSONAL Ryan J. van Rensburg... Son of Andre and Linda van Rensburg... Born March 22, 1988 in Cape Town, South Africa... Dad is in commercial real estate development; mom is an artist and horseback riding instructor... Older brother, Shaun, plays linebacker for Furman... Family immigrated to America in 2000... Became U.S. citizen in 2005... Started playing football upon arriving in Florida... Grew up playing rugby in in South Africa... Also speaks native Afrikaans language from South African heritage... Enjoys sculpting... Close friends with fellow Commodore player Tim Fugger... Working toward degree in Human and Organizational Development.