21   Ricky Appiah
Ricky Appiah


Worcester, Mass.

High School:
St. Peter Marian Central H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 166


Looks to compete for playing time at cornerback ... Will also see action on special teams ... Has played in 22 career games.

2003: A key special teams player and backup cornerback ... Saw action in seven games on the season, totaling four tackles (three solo stops) ... Made a pair of tackles on special teams at Kansas State ... Had one unassisted tackle in victories over Maine and New Hampshire.

2002: A strong special teams player ... Played in all 12 games on the season ... Also saw action in four games as a backup cornerback ... Recorded 16 total tackles on the year, including 14 solo stops, with one forced fumble ... Totaled three tackles in the victory at Rhode Island ... Made three solo tackles in the win over Villanova ... Had two tackles and forced a fumble in the victory over Delaware ... Recorded two tackles in the win at Richmond ... Totaled two special teams tackles against AIC ... Made two tackles in the Central Connecticut game ... Had one tackle against Hofstra ... Recorded one tackle in the victory at James Madison.

2001: Played in three games on the season ... Saw action at defensive back at Delaware, while also playing on special teams against Hofstra and Rhode Island.

2000: Redshirted.

Before UMass: Played for coach Owen Kolcoyne at St. Peter Marian Central High School ... Totaled five interceptions and 75 tackles during his senior season, while also rushing for over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns as a tailback ... Picked off 20 passes during his high school career, in addition to rushing for 2,300 yards and 59 touchdowns ... Served as team captain during senior year ... Named a Central Massachusetts All-Star in both 1998 and 1999 ... Selected to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Division I All-Star team in 1999 ... Received the Hazelhurst Defensive Award, the Jim Healy Memorial Award and the Touchdown Club Scholarship Award in 1999 ... Led team to Super Bowl appearances in 1996 and 1997 ... Also a member of the baseball, basketball and track & field teams at St. Peter Marian Central ... Selected to the Central Massachusetts All-Star team in track in 1996.

Personal: Full name is Richmond Appiah, Jr. ... Son of Richmond and Rochelle Appiah ... Born May 27, 1981, in Worcester, Mass. ... Majoring in Legal Studies.

Appiah's Defensive Statistics

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