General: NU's primary punter for the 2005 season ... Originally came to Northwestern as a goalkeeper for the men's soccer team ... Completed his undergraduate studies in June (2005) and began work on a master's degree in communication studies in September (2005).
2005: Academic All-Big Ten ... Team's primary punter, handling 80 percent of kicks ... Ranked sixth in Big Ten punting average (39.6) ... Had seven punts for a 43.4 yard average at Arizona State ... Punted just five times in first two games (just once vs. Northern Illinois) and did not have enough attempts to qualifty for the national statistics ... Had a season-long punt of 53 yards vs. the Sun Devils ... Punted just three times (34.3 average) vs. Penn State ... Booted three punts for a 45.0 ypp average vs. Wisconsin, with two of the three landing inside the 20 ... His final punt rolled out of bounds at the Wisconsin 3-yard line and was the play that preceded Reggie McPherson's victory-sealing interception ... Punted seven times at Purdue for a 35.0 ypp average ... Three punts for a 36.0 ypp average, with one inside the 20, at Michigan State ... Averaged 44.9 yards on seven punts vs. Michigan ... Four punts for a 42.8 ypp average at Ohio State ... Punted just once at Illinois.
2004: Handled punting duties in four games -- Wisconsin, Purdue, Penn State and Michigan ... Best game came at Michigan, where he recorded a 40.3 ypp average ... Booted a season-long 60-yarder vs. Purdue ... Had a 51-yard punt at Penn State.
2003: Did not see any game action.
2002: Did not see action.
2001: Played goalkeeper for NU's soccer team ... Saw action in 16 games, starting 12 ... Notched 80 saves for a save percentage of .755 ... Led Big Ten in saves per game ... Recorded shutout against Valparaiso, helping NU end a 35-match winless streak.
High School: Did not play football ... Won four letters (2 -- soccer, 2 -- golf) ... All-state, all-conference and all-district goalkeeper ... 2000 Who's Who in Sports all-star ... National Honor Society ... Honor Roll ... 2001 Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner ... Served on Governor's Community Service Council ... High school soccer coach was Andrew Arthurs.
Personal: Born Ryan Mills Pederson on 9/8/82 ... Son of Ted and Karen Pederson ... Uncle, Don, played football at Florida State ... Graduated with a degree in economics and legal studies.
The Pederson File
Q: A song that best describes you is:
A: If You Could Only See -- Tonic
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
A: The Last Samuri
Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?
A: With Heart, All is Possible
Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
A: I am a triple major: Economics, Political Science and Legal Studies
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
A: Watching other pregame rituals
Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is...
A: Ohio State
Q: The best book I have ever read is...
A: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Q: My favorite place to visit is...
Q: The person that inspires me the most is...
A: My parents
Q: My favorite food is...
A: Mom's lasagna and dad's eggs, bacon and grits
Q: If I were not playing football, I would be...
A: Playing soccer or golf
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be...
A: Deion Sanders
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
A: John Pickens
Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you like it to be?
A: I would like to be able to read minds
Pederson's Career Statistics
G No. Yards Lg Avg
2004 4 22 809 60 36.8
2005 11 45 1783 60 39.6
TOTAL 15 67 2592 60 38.7
G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G
2004 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2005 11 2 19 0 19 9.5 1.7
TOTAL 15 2 19 0 19 9.5 1.3