A 2014 fifth-round choice, Ryan Carrethers has seen action in 20 games with three starts in his first two NFL seasons.
Carrethers is the first-ever Arkansas State player to be drafted by the Bolts. A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference performer, Carrethers blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt with no time remaining to secure a 23-20 victory for the Red Wolves over Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl, his final collegiate contest.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Carrethers attended Brentwood Academy, the same high school as Chargers left tackle King Dunlap. As a prep, Carrethers was a two-time state champion heavyweight wrestler. He was undefeated as a senior.
Carrethers is one of the team’s strongest players. At his college pro day, he bench-pressed 36 reps at 225 pounds, stopping only when the plates fell off the bar. And while playing at Arkansas State, he broke the school’s squat record as a sophomore. He can squat more than 700 pounds.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fifth-round pick (165), May 10, 2014...signed four-year contract, May 14.
2015: Season-high seven tackles Nov. 1 at Baltimore.
2014: NFL debut Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...four tackles in first career start Nov. 16 vs. Oakland...injured elbow vs. Raiders...inactive Games 11-16.
COLLEGE: Two-time first-team All-Sun Belt Conference...Little Rock Touchdown Club’s state player of year in 2013...finished career with 196 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks...93 tackles in 2013 were third in nation among defensive linemen…two blocked kicks as senior…Sun Belt Defensive Player of Week after career-high 16 tackles vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, most in game by defensive lineman in nation in 2013…touchdown as fullback vs. Western Kentucky...redshirted in 2009...played at Arkansas State from 2010-13...interdisciplinary studies degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Nashville, Tenn....lettered in football and wrestling at Brentwood Academy in Nashville...all-state and All-Williamson County as senior.