2007 SPRING NOTES: Missed drills while recovering from knee surgery in November.
2006 (SOPHOMORE): Honorable mention All-Conference USA by the coaches .... started 11 of 12 contests at right tackle, missing the Rice game ... helped the Miners rank fifth in the country in passing offense (312.8 ypg), 18th in passing efficiency (149.25), 38th in scoring offense (27.3 ppg) and 39th in total offense (370.4 ypg) ... UTEP led Conference USA in passing offense ... the Miners scored 30+ points in six games and had over 400 yards of offense on five occasions -- including a season-high 537 versus New Mexico State ... UTEP compiled 455 yards passing at UAB -- the seventh-best game total in school history ... UTEP's 3,754 yards passing, 290 completions and 29 passing touchdowns were all school records.
2005 (FRESHMAN): Played in 11 of 12 games, missing the Memphis trip ... UTEP's offense averaged 422.8 yards per game to establish a new school record as well as rank 31st nationally ... the Miners led Conference USA in passing offense (300.6 ypg), and rated second in scoring offense (31.8 ppg) ... UTEP's passing offense rated ninth nationally ... the Miners averaged 122.2 yards per game on the ground, including five games with a 100-yard rusher ... UTEP's offense gained over 400 yards in nine of 12 games and surpassed the 500-yard mark three times.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Rated the 60th-best area player and eighth-best offensive lineman in the Metroplex by The Dallas Morning News ... listed as a top-75 area recruit by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... All-District 4-5A honoree as a junior and senior at Burleson High School ... competed for the East squad in the Coca-Cola High School Football All-Star Game in Denton, Texas, in January 2004 ... saw action at offensive tackle, defensive tackle and deep snapper ... three- year varsity letterwinner ... member of a 13-3 team in 2001 which lost to eventual champion Denton Ryan in the semifinals of the state playoffs ... high school coach was Mel Maxfield ... played basketball for one year at Burleson High ... favorite sports moment was beating OD Wyatt in 2001, Burleson's first-ever state playoff victory.
PERSONAL: Parents are Mike and Karen Ribitzki ... has one brother and one sister ... full name is Nicholas Tyler Ribitzki ... nickname is "Big Rib" ... born 10/23/85 (Fort Worth, Texas) ... multidisciplinary studies major.