Overview
Javon Ringer is a running back for the Tennessee Titans, who selected him with the 173rd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Ringer played four seasons at Michigan State University, where he was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the best running back in the nation. Ringer is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs 202 pounds.
Prep Career
At Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, OH, Ringer was a three-year starter, rushing for 6,184 yards and 81 touchdowns in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Despite missing six games with a torn ACL as a senior, Ringer was the No. 18-ranked running back recruit in the class of 2005 according to Rivals.com. He chose Michigan State over USC, Tennessee, Florida and Iowa. As a high school star in Ohio, Ringer said he dreamed of playing for Ohio State, but never received an official offer from the school.
Freshman Year
Ringer led Michigan State in rushing as a true freshman, finishing with 817 yards on 122 attempts. He had three 100-yard games, including a Michigan State freshman record 194-yards against Illinois.
Sophomore Year
Despite missing four games with a knee injury and starting just five times, Ringer again led Michigan State in rushing as a sophomore, finishing with 497 yards on 86 attempts.
Junior Year
Ringer's breakout season came in 2007. After changing his jersey number from 39 to 23, Ringer ran for 1,447 yards on 245 attempts. He was Michigan State's first 1,000-yard rusher since T.J. Duckett in 2001, and his 1,447 yards were, at the time, the fifth-highest single-season total in Michigan State history. He was a second team All-Big Ten selection.
Senior Year
Ringer's workload increased in his senior season. He ran the ball 390 times for 1,637 yards, marking the second-highest single-season rushing yardage total in Michigan State history. Ringer's 22 rushing touchdowns set a single-season school record. He finished his career with 4,398 rushing yards, second-most in Michigan State history (behind Lorenzo White). He was a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Award, and finished third in the voting for the Doak Walker Award, behind Shonn Greene and Knowshon Moreno. Despite losing the Walker Award to Greene, a fellow Big Ten running back, Ringer was a consensus first team All-Big Ten selection (sharing the honor with Greene). After his senior season, Ringer underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee, forcing him to decline an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
NFL Career
Javon Ringer was selected in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. Before the 2009 season, Ringer signed a contract with Tennessee. Terms were not disclosed.
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