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Charleston native Ryan Switzer drafted in fourth round by Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys selected the former George Washington High School and University of North Carolina standout with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft. (WCHS/WVAH)

The pick is in and Charleston native Ryan Switzer is headed to Dallas to play for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys selected the former George Washington High School and University of North Carolina standout with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft.

In high school, Switzer was twice named the West Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year. In his senior season at George Washington, he ran for 2,379 yards and 32 touchdowns. It was a season that led him to Chapel Hill, NC to play for the Tar Heels.

Switzer had an immediate impact for North Carolina. In his freshman year, Swtizer earned multiple All-American and Freshman All-American awards and was named to the All-ACC Frist Team as a specialist after tying the NCAA record for punt returns in a season with five. He also led the nation averaging 20.9 yards per punt return.

In his freshman year, Switzer also began to make the transition from running back to wide receiver, catching 32 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns.

After his production continued to increase, Switzer earned All-American honors again for his punt returns in 2015 after returning two for touchdowns. In his junior season he was also named to the All-ACC third team after leading the Tar Heels in receiving with 55 catches, 697 yards and six touchdowns.

In his final season in Chapel Hill, Switzer was named to the All-ACC first team as a receiver. He finished the season tenth in the nation with 96 catches for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns.

Switzer finished his career with an ACC record seven punt return touchdowns and finished just one shy of tying the NCAA record. Switzer also set UNC records for career receptions (244), career recieving yards (2,907), career punt return yards (1,082), and career punt return touchdowns (7).

Following his senior season, the 5’8” wide receiver traveled to Indianapolis to take part in the annual NFL Combine.

Entering the draft, NFL..com, projected Switzer to be selected in the sixth round, but the Cowboys came in much earlier, selecting him in the fourth round.

The Cowboys begin preseason play on Thursday, Aug. 3, against the Arizona Cardinals and with kick off the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 10 when they take on their rivals, the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.




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