Ryan Cesca

Ryan Cesca

Player Profile


Manhattan Beach, CA

High School:
Mira Costa

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 181




PERSONAL—Born 8/27/80 in Torrance, CA...son of Tony and Carol Cesca...his father is a machinist and his mother is a school registered nurse...he has one sister, Kyla, 22...Ryan is in the College of Home Economics & Education and is a pre-housing major...enjoys surfing, reading, basketball and lifting weights...Nick Van Exel is his favorite athlete...kicking a 35-yard field goal in the division 9 CIF finals in 1996 was his top athletic thrill as a prep athlete...he selected OSU because, “I liked the school and everything it offered. OSU is a team on the rise and I feel I have a chance to start.”

OSU—(2002—Senior)—After three years, Ryan has scored 211 career points, which is second on OSU’s all-time scoring list...he trails only Ken Simonton’s 366 points...he is the all-time scoring leader among Beaver kickers...Troy Bussanich is second with 168...Ryan broke the OSU record for scoring in a season by a kicker in 2000 with 94 points, topping the previous high of 80 by Jose Cortez (1998)...Cesca’s 94 points ranks fourth on OSU’s single-season scoring list...Ryan converted 46 of 47 PAT attempts in 2000 to establish a new single-season record before missing his final attempt of the regular season against Oregon...his 43-for-43 (before missing on his 44th attempt) topped his previous record of 37-for-37 in 1999...Ryan finished the 2000 regular season at 43-for-44 in PATs...he ran his school record career streak to 80-for-80 before missing...the previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Bussanich (1986-89)...he is now 112-for-113 (.991) in his career and working on a current streak of 32 straight PATs made...as a team, OSU has made 37 straight PATs...as a freshman in 1999, he was perfect on all 37 of his PAT attempts, a school record then for number of successful PAT kicks...Ryan booted 16 of 19 field goal attempts in 2000, including a streak of eight in a row, which was stopped, when he missed a 45-yarder in his last attempt in the California game...he made four in a row at Arizona (2000) to tie OSU’s single-game record...he made three vs. UCLA (2000), and came back to kick three the following week against Washington State (2000)...he has made 33 of 50 field goal attempts (.660) in his career...Ryan booted a career long 49-yard field goal vs. Stanford in 2000...he scored 58 points in 1999, which was second to Ken Simonton’s team leading 118 points...he scored 94 points in 2000, which was second in the Pac-10 behind teammate Ken Simonton...he scored 59 points in 2001 to lead OSU in scoring, but ranked 10th in the Pac-10 among kickers...Ryan has been successful on 17 of his last 24 field goal attempts....he had successfully kicked six field goals in a row before missing a 48-yarder against California last year...after struggling in the final four weeks of the season with his accuracy, Ryan entered spring drills having to fight for the starting job once again...he wagged a battle during the spring with walk-ons Kirk Yliniemi and Mike White, plus baseball freshman pitcher John Dailey...he will head into fall camp listed No. 1 on the depth chart, but he will have to perform well in fall camp to retain the job...he finished the spring on a high note...he booted a 48-yard field goal and a 21-yarder for the winning Black squad (23-0) in the Spring Game...Ryan has increased his range each year at OSU and is certainly capable of making 50-yard plus field goals…he has also been very consistent when it comes to placing most of his kickoffs in the end zone, which is a big help on kickoff coverage…in winter conditioning, Ryan posted weightlifting bests of 365 in the back squat, 225 in the bench press, 226 in the power clean and 220 in the push press...his vertical jump best is 26.5 inches.

(2001—Junior)—Ryan led OSU in scoring in 2001 with 59 points, which ranked 10th among Pac-10 kickers...he was successful on all 29 PAT attempts and 10 of 16 field goal attempts...in the final month of the 2001 season, Cesca was inconsistent for the first time in his career and he lost his place kicking duties to sophomore walk-on Kirk Yliniemi during the Oregon game...he experienced the worst game of his career at USC (Nov. 3) when he missed a pair of field goals from 35 yards with 6:14 to play and 29 yards with 33 seconds to play...either kick would have won the game for the Beavers in regulation time...he bounced back to make all seven of his PAT attempts against Washington...he did not have a field goal attempt vs. the Huskies...after booting his first PAT attempt against Northern Arizona, he missed on a 32-yard field goal attempt and was replaced by Yliniemi on PAT attempts the rest of the game...Ryan later missed a 38-yard field goal attempt...Ryan scored nine points vs. Washington State on October 6 and moved into second place on the OSU career-scoring list as a result...he passed another kicker, Troy Bussanich, making him the highest scoring kicker in Beaver football history...after three years, he has scored 211 career points, compared to Bussanich’s 168...he was coming off a season in which he was successful on 16 of 19 field goal attempts, including 15 of his last 17…he made his last two in a row in 2000, which was his streak heading into his junior year…he had a streak of eight straight field goals made as a sophomore in 2000…he entered his junior season already holding the career record for PATs made and attempted, having kicked 83 of 84 PAT attempts (.988) …Ryan increased his strength in the weight room during the winter conditioning program…he posted bests of 350 in the squat, 235 in the bench press and 209.4 in the power clean during winter conditioning.

(2000-Sophomore)—Ryan opened the 2000 season with a perfect 37-for-37 on PAT kicks and 58 points scored in his OSU career...the 37 successful PAT kicks amounted to an OSU record for number made in a season…Ryan had a sensational sophomore season and was named first team All-Pacific-10 by the coaches and also by College Football News…Ryan was the Pac-10’s second-leading scorer and he ranked in a tie for 35th in the nation with a 7.73 points per game scoring average…he ranked second in the Pac-10 and a tie for 20th nationally in field goal kicking with an average of 1.27 successful kicks per game...twice during the season he was named the Pac-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week…he first earned the honor after OSU defeated UCLA 44-38…in that game, Ryan booted three field goals (32, 31 and 44)…he also earned the award after the Beavers’ 33-9 victory over Arizona when he tied a school record with four field goals made and he broke the school record for total kicking points in a game with 14 (4 field goals and 2 PATs)…he booted kicks of 23, 44, 31 and 30 yards…Ryan broke his own record by making 46 PAT kicks in 2000 (46-47)…he reached a streak of 80 in a row, a school record, before missing his final PAT attempt of the regular season in the Civil War against Oregon…the previous record was 54 straight by Troy Bussanich (1986-89)…he booted three PAT attempts vs. Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, giving him a then career mark of 83-for-84 (.988)…Ryan had a great year kicking field goals, making 16 of 19 (.842)…he did not attempt a field goal in OSU’s first three games of the season…he kicked a 41-yarder vs. USC in his first attempt of the season…his next attempt, unfortunately, turned out to be a big miss…Ryan was wide right on a 46-yard attempt at Washington in the final seconds of the game that would have sent the game into overtime…instead, the Beavers dropped a 33-30 game in their only defeat of the season…Ryan went on to make his next eight field goal attempts before missing a 45-yarder at California…he had a streak of making 13 of 14 before missing his final attempt, a 36-yarder vs. Oregon…he kicked three successful field goals vs. WSU (22, 32 and 32)…Ryan scored 94 points during the 2000 season, second only to Ken Simonton’s 116 points, and was named first-team All-Pac-10…Ryan was the Pac-10’s second-leading scorer and he ranked in a tie for 35th in the nation with a 7.73 points per game scoring average…he ranked second in the Pac-10 and a tie for 20th nationally in field goal kicking with an average of 1.27 successful kicks per game…his 94 points ranks third on OSU’s all-time season scoring list…he had accounted for 152 career points following his sophomore season, which ranked fifth in career scoring at OSU…he booted his career-long 49-yard field goal vs. Stanford…he has booted 23 of 34 career field goals for a percentage of .676…going into the 2000 season, Ryan’s goal was to improve his field goal percentage (7 for 15 in 1999), which he did in a big way...Ryan had a solid spring kicking the ball which set the stage for his great sophomore season...in four spring scrimmages, Ryan was successful on four of five attempts...he successfully booted field goals from 21 yards, 47, 36 and 38 yards...his only miss came at 47 yards...in the weight room, Ryan produced lifting bests of 320 in the back squat, 210 in the bench press and 181 in the power clean.

(1999—Freshman)—Ryan joined the OSU program when fall camp opened for newcomers on August 9 and was, for all practical purposes, the Beavers’ starting place kicker from that point...Ryan established an OSU record by kicking more successful PATs than any previous Beaver kicker in history...he finished the season by making 37 of 37 attempts, topping the previous high of 29 by Jose Cortez (1998) and Stan McGuire (1949)...he made 7 of 15 field goals (.467), with a long of 43 yards vs. Georgia Southern...he entered the O’ahu Bowl having missed on his last three field goal attempts, and he missed his first three vs. Hawaii before making his final attempt from 37 yards...he scored 58 points, second on the team to Ken Simonton and tied for 14th on the Beavers’ all-time season scoring list...he finished sixth in the Pac-10 for scoring among kickers and 14th in scoring overall in the Pac-10 Conference...he finished seventh in the Pac-10 in field goal kicking percentage...he led the Pac-10 with a perfect 37-37 in PAT kicking...he also handled all kickoff duties for OSU in 1999...he had a stretch during the season when he booted four straight successful field goals, kicking one vs. Georgia Southern, one at Stanford and two at Washington State before missing at home against California...he had most of his success under 40 yards, booting 3 of 4 from 20 to 29 yards and 3 of 5 between 30 and 39 yards.

MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL, Manhattan Beach, CA (1996-99)—Listed by PrepStar Magazine as the #3 kicker on its All-Western Region team...Ryan played for Coach Don Morrow at Mira Costa and scored 192 points as a three-year place kicker for the Mustangs, which is a CIF Southern Section record...Ryan was a first-team CIF Division 2 selection as a senior, as well as a first-team all-league (Ocean League)...kicked 4 of 7 field goals and 58 of 68 PAT attempts as a sophomore, scoring 70 points...booted 4 of 7 field goals and 60 of 68 PAT attempts as a junior, scoring 72 points...was successful on 6 of 10 field goal attempts and 32 of 37 PAT attempts as a senior, scoring 50 points...booted 18 of 24 field goal attempts and 150 of 173 PAT attempts in three years...his longest field in high school was 41 yards, but he booted a 65-yarder in practice and regularly kicked the football into the end zone on kick off attempts...he played soccer prior to his sophomore year in high school when he started playing football for the first time...also recruited by California and Oregon...according to PrepStar, “Ryan is one of the best-kept secrets on the West Coast.”

Ryan Cesca's Career Statistics
Year    FGM-FGA  .PCT   Long   PAT-PAT ATT
2001     10-16   .625    47     29-29
2000     16-19   .842    49     46-47
1999      7-15   .467    43     37-37
Total    33-50   .660    49     112-113
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