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Sypniewski is a 6-foot-6, 270-pound second-year player who has started two games this year and caught a career-high 18 passes for 123 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
Here are a few comments from and about the former University of Colorado star:
Ravens coach Brian Billick: "You find it all the time, a guy gets thrown into a situation where he has to step up and go beyond some of the things he's been asked to do before, and he performed brilliantly. So, he's been a godsend for us in that regard."
Tight ends coach Wade Harman: "I think we've always been comfortable with Quinn in there. Seeing how he's played the last couple of games, you know he's going to step up and do the right thing and make plays for you."
Quinn Sypniewski: "Blocking is something that I feel very strongly about and that I definitely take pride in. If I can be that point-of-attack guy, then I will do everything I can to give the team what it needs.
"Coach Billick even challenged me and said that he is going to blame me if the rushing game is not where it is supposed to be. I'll have a lot of pressure on me to come in and block very well. But, I am definitely ready for the challenge."
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This is Quinn's official biography:
Quinn Sypniewski was selected in the 5th round as the 166th-overall pick by the Ravens in the 2006 NFL Draft…Was the 2nd of 2 (S Dawan Landry) 5th-round selections for Baltimore.
Young, physically gifted TE who is a powerful run-blocker and has soft hands as a receiver...Gained valuable experience as a rookie in 2006...Playing in all 16 games, he started 3 contests and pulled in 2 receptions for 15 yards.
2006: Saw action in all 16 games, starting 3...Sypniewski pulled in 2 receptions for 15 yards and was instrumental in pass protection, allowing a franchise-record 17 sacks all season (2nd-lowest total in the NFL in 2006)...Also netted 2 special teams tackles...
2006 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Played from scrimmage and hauled in 1 reception for 9 yards in the win in the season finale vs. Buf. (12/31)...Subbed and hauled in his 1st-career reception for 6 yards as the Ravens racked up 283 yards through the air in the 20-10 victory in game 13 at KC (12/10.
Started (Ravens began the game in a 2-TE set) and helped protect the Baltimore’s QBs, not allowing a sack and helped pave the way for 114 rushing yards in the 27-0 win in game 11 vs. Pit. (11/26)…Sypniewski also had 2 special teams stops against the Steelers…Started the 1st game of his career, but did not record a catch in the 26-20 win in game 8 vs. Cin. (11/5)…Sypniewski also returned a KO 11 yards against the Bengals…Saw action in his 1st NFL game, but did not record a catch in the 27-0 win in the season opener at TB (9/10).
Became the 1st player in Colorado history to receive a 6th year of eligibility when he was hampered by injuries from 2003-04 and was then granted a rare 6th-year medical hardship from the NCAA in 2005…Holds the school career-record by appearing in 55 games, topping the previous mark of 50 by WR Derek McCoy (2000-03)
Teamed with Joe Klopfenstein to provide the Buffaloes with a TE tandem that combined for 62 receptions for 915 yards and 9 TDs in 2005, which was the best production the Buffaloes received at that position since the tandem of Jon Embree (51 for 680 and 3 scores) and Ed Reinhardt (14 for 190, 2 TDs) totaled 65 catches for 870 yards and 5 scores during 1984...All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention as a senior in 2005.
Played in all 13 games (7 starts), sharing the TE position with Joe Klopfenstein…Finished with 29 receptions for 447 yards (15.4 avg.) and 5 TDs…The Colorado coaches named him the recipient of the Tyronee “Tiger” Bussey Award for perseverance over adversity, injury or illness…Accepted invitation to participate in the Las Vegas All-American Classic All-Star Game...Saw action in the 1st 3 games of the season in 2004, but was sidelined the rest of the year after a lower-leg fracture…Only appeared in the UCLA and Florida State contests, but was unable to play in any other games due to a stress fracture in his toe in 2003…Finished with 2 receptions for 9 yards, 1 in each game he appeared...
Played in all 13 games, starting 7 in 2002…Played in all 13 games, starting 2 in 2001…Caught 2 passes on the year for 25 yards and a 1st down…Had 6 knockdown blocks on offense…Also had 1 KOR for 6 yards on a short pop-up kick…He also had 1 fair catch in another situation…Lined up as the 2nd-team TE throughout the season, playing all 11 games and making 2 starts in 2000…Had 2 catches for 12 yards, both coming against Texas A&M in CU’s 1st win of the year…Added 2 knockdown blocks on special teams duty...Graduated in May 2005 with dual degrees in journalism (news editorial) and history.
Attended Johnston (IA) High School…Was regarded by many to be one of the top 2 football players in the state of Iowa…Earned All-America honors from Prep Football Report, PrepStar, Rivals.com, SuperPrep and USA Today (honorable mention)…Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year and earned 1st-team All-Central Iowa Metropolitan League honors…SuperPrep tabbed him as the best jumbo athlete in the preseason, and ranked him as the 3rd-best TE nationally following the season.
Ranked 25th on the ESPN-Reebok Top 100 list…Caught 22 passes for 453 yards and a TD, and carried the ball on occasion (6 times for 30 yards) during his senior year…On defense, as a rush defensive end, he was in on 35 tackles, with 9 TFL including 6 sacks, along with 18 pressures, 2 FFs and a blocked punt in 1999…An All-League choice as a junior, he had 13 catches for 130 yards and a score on offense, while posting 6 sacks on defense
Also had 8 receptions for 86 yards and 1 TD as a sophomore (he did not play defense)…Lettered 4 times in basketball, averaging 10 points and 8 rebounds per game as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Conference accolades…
Honor Roll student, owning better than a 3.1 grade point average, which included several advanced courses…Member of the show choir for 4 years in HS, participating in several shows.
Taught swimming lessons and worked two years as a student assistant in the Colorado’s athletic media relations office during his offseason…Father, George, lettered 4 years as an OLB at Drake in the early 1970s before spending 15 seasons as a football coach at Johnston HS…George is the current D-line coach at Drake…Participated in teammate Chris McAlister’s annual charity golf tournament in May, 2007.
Last name is pronounced sip-new-ski...Married the former Mia Whitely in July, 2006...Full name: Quinn Brian Sypniewski.
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