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"Up Close" with Ryan Houston


Transferring to the Florida Atlantic football program after a freshman season at Division III Mountain Union College, offensive lineman Ryan Houston enters fall practice as one of the Owls' most developed lineman. A redshirt-senior, he has gained valuable practice time with the team the past two seasons after his first year up north. Competing for playing time at one of the guard positions this season, his blocking skills will be needed on the Owls inexperienced offensive line.

Winning a national championship while playing at Mountain Union in 2007, Houston played in every game that season and rotated on the line as a true freshman. While there, he played on an offense that featured now NFL wide receiver Pierre Garçon, and claims the two are good friends even though they have parted ways. Deciding to make the move back down to South Florida, Houston transferred to FAU to be closer to home.

Born in Boynton Beach, Florida, Houston played his high school football at American Heritage North High School. Houston earned All-County honors while playing football and also competed in basketball and track.

Houston recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Chicken, any kind of chicken”

What is your pet peeve?

“Loud ignorant people.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“My parents, Mike and Karen Houston.”

What are you most proud of?

“Where I am at right now, close to graduating and playing football. I was at Mountain Union, and then I came over here. I started up there for a year because of grades in high school, and played a year there and won a national championship then transferred down here.”

What is your major?

“Business. I’m going to do my masters after and see where it goes from there, I know stocks and bonds and that kind of stuff.”

What is your Faith?


Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“Blocking obviously, but probably pass blocking.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“Staying low, coming off the ball and staying low.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“Being close to home and family. I don’t like being away from home.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“To win the Sun Belt.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“Either Texas or Troy.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I’m a family person so a family related type deal; I also have my girlfriend Edina Baptiste.


Coming up, our next player picked up some work ethic tips from NFL Pro Bowler Jevon Kearse during the offseason.


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