Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best

“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”

-RONNIE LOTT

RYAN MUELLER – DEFENSIVE END – KANSAS STATE

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AT A GLANCE

Number: 44
Class: Senior
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 245
Hometown: Leawood, Ka
Position: Defensive End
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Experience: 3L

OFF THE FIELD

Ryan Mueller is a Second Team All-American (FWAA) defensive end in his senior year at Kansas State University. Originally a walk-on from Leawood, KS, Mueller exemplifies community in his loving mentorship with 8- Year old Kaiden Schroeder; an acute lymphocytic leukemia patient. Mueller routinely visits Schroeder at a nearby Kansas hospital, often face-time’s the boy, and invites Kaiden to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.The impactful relationship between Mueller, Schroeder, and the Kansas State football team has inspired Mueller to play STRONG and give back to the surrounding community. This special bond Mueller has fostered with Kaiden has the entire football team reaching out to serve others.

ON THE FIELD

A 2013 All-Big 12 coaches Defensive Lineman of the Year, Mueller has defied his odds against adversity since arriving to Manhattan (KS) in 2011. Captain Mueller is also a two time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Honoree (in 2013). He was a Burlsworth Trophy Semifinalist, awarded to college football’s most outstanding walk-on player. Mueller also appeared as a candidate on the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. If that wasn’t enough, Mueller was named a First Team All-Big 12 defensive end by the coaches as well as Associated Press (AP). The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), particularly Phil Steele and CBS Sports, listed Mueller as a Second Team All-American performer. Sports Illustrated listed him as an Honorable Mention All-American. Mueller’s had a breakout season over 2013, and is within distance of cracking the school’s career top-10 list for sacks. He is also a nominee for Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year. His IMPACT will not go unnoticed in 2014.