UCLA — Ryan figures to compete for playing time at the cornerback position this season … He made a switch from safety to cornerback during Spring Practice … He has an aggressive attitude and loves to play the game … He should continue to develop his technique and fundamentals with additional experience … He also figures to contribute on special teams.
2000 — Wikert appeared in nine games as a redshirt freshman, all on special teams … He was a regular on the kickoff coverage squad but also saw a little action on the punt and kickoff return team.
1999 — Did not see action in his first year in the program and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL — Lettered three years in football, playing both wide receiver and safety for coach Bud Kane at Temecula, CA High School … A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 8 defensive back in the Western Region … SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 55 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region) … Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section … Selected CIF Division V co-Defensive Player of the Year … All-CIF Division V … Enjoyed a productive senior year … Made 98 tackles, including 62 solos … Also accounted for five interceptions, 22 pass deflections and five fumble recoveries … As a receiver, he made 54 receptions for 691 yards and five touchdowns … First-team All-Sunbelt League … Honorable mention All-State … Team captain … Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game … PrepStar pre-season All-West selection … As a junior, he earned All-Sunbelt League and All-Riverside county (Riverside Press-Enterprise) honors … Named All-CIF Division IV as a safety … On defense, he made 68 tackles, 44 solo and four interceptions … On offense, he made 44 catches for 541 yards and six touchdowns … Averaged 29.4 yards per kick return and returned three kickoffs for scores (93, 98 and 89 yards) … Had 13 career interceptions and six fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) … Also lettered one season in basketball (as a forward) for coach Rich Thompson.
PERSONAL — Full Name: James Ryan Wikert … Born: July 30, 1980 in Long Beach, CA … Parents: James and Pamela Wikert … Has one older sister, Mindy … Dad played college football at NAU … Lists Michael Jordan as the athlete he admires the most … Hobbies include surfing … Sociology major.