JONESBORO, AR – Former Arkansas State defensive lineman and All-Sun Belt Conference performer Ryan Carrethers was among 335 players recently invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, set for Feb. 19-24 in Indianapolis.
Carrethers completed his stellar four-year career at A-State last season, helping lead the Red Wolves to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships from 2011-13 and back-to-back GoDaddy Bowl victories in 2013 and 2014. The two-time First Team All-Sun Belt Conference defensive tackle completed his A-State career with 172 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.
Carrethers will be the first A-State player to attend the NFL Scouting Combine since linebacker Demario Davis in 2012, when he was a third-round pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Red Wolves have had a player chosen in a school-record seven consecutive NFL Drafts, including defensive back Don Jones in 2013.
Carrethers put together one of the strongest seasons ever by a defensive player in Arkansas State history last year. He ranked third in the nation in tackles among defensive linemen with 93 to his credit, living up to his preseason hype that placed him on the Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy watch lists and CBSSports.com’s Freak’s List compiled by Dennis Dodd.
His 93 total tackles last year were the second most on the team and ranked eighth in the Sun Belt Conference. He posted double-figure stops in two games, including a career-high 16 against Louisiana-Lafayette that were the most in the nation among defensive linemen for a single game.
His performance against the Ragin’ Cajuns earned him Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. Carrethers tallied at least seven tackles in eight outings, while also finishing the year with eight tackles for loss and four sacks, which were both career highs.
He posted at least one tackle for loss in five games, including a career-high two twice. Additionally, he recorded his first career field goal block against ULM and, in a twist, lined up at fullback against Western Kentucky to record a touchdown on his only career rushing attempt.
Carrethers completed his career in dramatic fashion in the GoDaddy Bowl, blocking a 38-yard field goal attempt by Ball State’s Scott Secor as time expired to secure a 23-20 win for the Red Wolves. The Nashville, Tenn., native earned his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arkansas State University in August of 2013.