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Position
Safety
Height
5'11
Weight
201
Class
Redshirt Junior
Hometown
Lafayette, La.
High School
Lafayette Christian Academy
Experience
3L

Versatile defensive back who has started at safety, nickel and cornerback during his LSU career … One of the veterans on the LSU defense as he enters fourth season with the Tigers in 2024 … Has 31 career appearances with 12 starts … Starts have come at cornerback (9), safety (3) and nickel (1) … Team player who moved around the secondary to fit the needs of the defense in 2023 … Settled at cornerback due to injuries, playing in all 13 games with 9 starts in 2023 … Good cover skills with the ability to make plays all over the field … Also a special teams contributor … Uncle is former LSU standout linebacker Trev Faulk and is also related (cousin) to former Tiger All-America Kevin Faulk … Older brother Shakeir was a standout at Northwestern State and played three seasons in the CFL … Majoring in sports administration.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2023)
Played in all 13 games with 9 starts … Started at nickel against Ole Miss and at cornerback in 8 other games … 42 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 5 pass breakups … Had all-around effort in bowl win over Wisconsin with 7 tackles and 2 pass breakups … Had 7 tackles and a career-best 2 tackles for loss at Ole Miss … Had a tackle for a 5-yard loss in win over Texas A&M … 6 tackles and a pass breakup at Alabama … In SEC opener, tallied 3 tackles and a tackle for a 1-yard loss in win over Mississippi State … 4 tackles and a pass breakup in home win over Florida … Played a total of 691 defensive snaps and another 109 on special teams.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2022)
Played in all 14 games with 1 start coming in win over Ole Miss … Recorded career-best 5 tackles win over the Rebels … Capped season with 23 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles … Recovered 2 fumbles in home-opener against Southern … Had 4 tackles vs. Tennessee and against Purdue in Citrus Bowl … Forced fumbles against Tennessee and Alabama … Against Auburn, broke up a pass on a 4-and-10 at the LSU 37-yard line in third quarter … LSU responded by scoring TD on next possession, taking the lead for good at 21-17.

TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (2021)
Played in 4 games as a true freshman in 2021 … Battled injuries for most of the year … When healthy, played significant snaps on defense … Started twice – vs. Florida and at Ole Miss … Made collegiate debut at Kentucky … Played well enough to earn start the following week in win over Florida … Fina appearance came against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl, recording 1 tackle … Finished year with 6 tackles and 2 pass breakups … Career-best 3 tackles at Ole Miss.

HIGH SCHOOL
Five-star defensive back and one of the nation’s top defensive backs for the class of 2021 from Lafayette Christian Academy … Electric athlete with natural playmaking abilities in the defensive backfield … Named Mr. Football for the state of Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … Rated as a five-star prospect by 247 Sports and Rivals and a four-star by ESPN … Ranked as the nation’s No. 62 player in the ESPN 300 rankings… Listed as the No. 2 Safety in the country and No. 2 player in the state by 247 Sports… Led his team to back-to-back Division II state titles in 2018 and 2019 … Earned Class 2A All-State honors in 2019 when he recorded 31 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball … On offense as a junior, he tallied 37 receptions for 702 yards and eight TDs and added 263 rushing yards and seven TDs … As a senior, rushed for 576 yards and 13 TDs on 57 carries … Caught 18 passes for 297 yards and 3 TDs … Also returned three punts for touchdowns in 2020 … Earned LSWA 2A all state honors as both an athlete and kick returner in 2020 and was named the Class 2A offensive MVP for the state … Named to the Sports Illustrated All-America team and also earned a spot in the All-American Bowl… In four years at Lafayette Christian Academy, helped his team to a combined 48-3 overall record and two four straight state titles (two in Division IV and two in Division III) … Comes from an outstanding football background with LSU ties as his uncle is former Tiger standout linebacker Trev Faulk and his cousin is Kevin Faulk, LSU’s all-time leading rusher.

SAGE RYAN’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 7, 2x (Last: vs. Wisconsin, 2024 ReliaQuest Bowl; First: at Ole Miss, 2023)
Tackles for loss: 2.0 at Ole Miss, 2023
Sacks: 0
Interceptions: 0
Passes Defended: 2 vs. Wisconsin, 2024 ReliaQuest Bowl
Fumble Recoveries: 2 vs. Southern, 2022
Forced Fumbles: 1, 2x (Last: vs. Alabama, 2022; First: vs. Tennessee, 2022)

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