2023 PFN Player Profile: Getting to know Lewisburg DB/RB Ryan Opperman

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Billy Splain | July 12, 2023


Ryan Opperman
Safety and Running Back
Class Of 2024
Jersey #23
HT/WT 6 ft/ 180lbs
Over 60 tackles as a free safety last year. 476 rushing yards in 5 games playing RB
Other sports Lacrosse
Twitter @Ryanopperman7

Coach Wicks says “Ryan has been a key component to our defense for the last two yrs being a starter at free safety. He has pick up a new role at the end of the season last yr. With him doing so, he has shown us he can be dominant on both side of the ball. Not only is he a good player but a good leader. He is vocal in helping the team understand what it takes to win. He will start at running back & free safety this year”.


Why do you play football?

I play football because I love everything about it. It’s the ultimate team sport and the feeling of playing with my bestfriends is just unmatched. And I like the contact and physical aspect of it. I also never get bored of it, playing or watching.

It’s gameday! What are you looking forward to the most? 

The pre game rush of adrenaline and getting hyped up with the team before kickoff

Who is your favorite sports star and WHY?

I am a huge Micah Parsons fan. Being a cowboys fan and being from PA it’s really easy to like him especially because of how humble he is and what he does for the community.

Do you have a favorite play you remember the most? Explain:

Scoring the opening touchdown against midd west this past season with a 78 yard touchdown run.

What was last years season like for you?

It was rough because we weren’t very good but it allowed me to become more comfortable on the field and have a pretty good year.

What are your goals for this coming season?

Winning record.

Who is the best player you ever lined up against?

Carson Persing

What stadium, HS/college/pro would you love to visit for a game?

Death Valley at LSU seems like a crazy game day experience

What is your favorite Pro team, any sport?

Dallas Cowboys

What game, yours, college or pro, was your favorite game you watched and why?

Watching Penn state

What sports movie would you watch every day if you had to pick one and why?

Remember the Titans. It’s just a great movie and the message behind it makes it even better.

If your mom and dad are screaming at you from the stands, what is it they usually yell?

Just to focus up and play how I know how to play.

Name one thing that you’d love to do in football that may never happen?

99 yard touchdown run would be pretty insane.

Who is your mentor, the person you want to be like? WHY?

My DB coach Drew Newcomb has been a huge mentor for me all of high school and I think he’s just a great guy and I am very thankful for him.

Is there anyone in your family, besides your parents, you could consider your biggest fan? Who, Why?

My Uncle watches all of my games and is a huge supporter of mine.

When you aren’t playing, practicing or training for sports, what is your go to activity and why?

I am a huge Lego guy and love building legos

What is your favorite football memory to date?

Beating mifflinburg my sophomore year after a tough game in the rain

What is your favorite play to run?

Toss Right because I like already being in open space

What scares you the most?


Music of choice:

Hip Hop or R&B

What restaurant is your go to when you need a big meal?

Grams here in Lewisburg or Chipotle

What is your favorite vacation destination?

Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Do you remember what the first football game you saw was?

The first football game I went to in person was Penn State vs. Temple 2016

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