Ryan Michael Kuhn of West Palm Beach - Top Sportsman

Ryan Michael Kuhn of West Palm Beach, Florida attended Cornell University where he studied Applied Economics and Business Management. With knowledge in that field, he was able to land a job as the manager of International Craft Beer Distributors LLC. In his final two years of college, Kuhn set himself apart from the rest by becoming the star quarterback for the Big Red football team.

He debuted with flair as he completed fourteen of twenty-four pass attempts, and ran for two touchdowns. He ultimately became the first quarterback in Ancient Eight history to run and throw for over 1,000 yards. Under the tutelage of head coach Jim Knowles, in his first season he led the offense to complete 54 of 105 passes, for 615 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions. During his second season he was able to complete 96 of 179 passes with 5 yards per carry average to go with twelve rushing touchdowns and six thrown touchdowns.

Kuhn helped change the face of Big Red football. Commentators said that his performance on the gridiron helped to revitalise a sagging football program. Ryan Michael Kuhn restablished the Big Red team as a force to be reckoned with in Ivy League football.

In a game against Harvard University, Kuhn threw one touchdown and ran for one more, and led Cornell to a victory of 27-13. Cornell’s first league victory against Harvard in nine games. In another victory against Dartmouth, Kuhn ran 136 yards and scored two touchdowns, and completed 9 of 14 passes for 87 yards; he secured a win with a score of 21-10. In yet another victory, Kuhn’s contribution gave Cornell the chance to beat Penn for the first time since 1999, with this victory they got the Trustee’s Cup. It was these and other contributions that led the school to the decision to place Ryan Michael Kuhn of West Palm Beach in their list of top twenty-five athletes.

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