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WV Native, Former NFL WR Ryan Switzer to Help at WVU Training Camp

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Recently retired NFL wide receiver Ryan Switzer announced on Twitter that he will be helping out at West Virginia football’s training camp. Switzer is not an alumnus of the university, but is a native of West Virginia hailing from Charleston.

Switzer retired from the NFL after getting surgery on his ankle stemming from an injury he suffered last preseason while with the Cleveland Browns. He never appeared in a game with them, spending his time on either the practice squad or the team’s injured reserve.

A graduate of George Washington high school in Charleston, West Virginia, Switzer attended North Carolina, where he was a two-time All-American return specialist and a four-time All-ACC selection, as both a returner and a wide receiver.

He tied an NCAA record with five punt return touchdowns as a freshman in 2013 and finished his career with 4,092 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns.

Switzer was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but after one season, was traded to the Oakland Raiders and then Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.

He played 25 of his 41 NFL games with Pittsburgh, catching 44 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown in his time with the Steelers, working mostly as a slot receiver.

He was also the Steelers’ primary returner in that time, and had 1,133 all purpose yards in 2018. Switzer was released by the Steelers at the end of training camp in 2020 which led to his Browns tenure.

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