2005 - All-Big 12 Second Team ... veteran starter along the line ... been in the starting lineup since freshman season ... strongest member of the team with a bench press of 550 ... leader on the field and in the lockerroom ... one of the best pass protectors and run blockers in recent memory at Tech ... aided in Taurean Henderson being one of the league's top running backs ... instrumental in success of offensive performance this season ... the unit leads the country in passing for the fourth-straight season and is among the top five scoring offenses in the country ... Tech also has produced the most rushing scores (25) since the 1996 season and has logged over 100 yards rushing per game for the second time under Leach.
Spring 2005 - Benched 550 at the annual "Night of Champions" ... set the program's bench record a year ago and established the mark again.
2004 - Offensive guard who appeared in all 12 games and has started since his true freshman season in 2003 ... helped anchor an offensive line that has protected first-year starting quarterback Sonny Cumbie, who led the country in passing and total offense ... Ramirez's size and strength are his greatest attributes ... physical, intimidating presence who also is one of the line's best blockers ... running backs Taurean Henderson and Johnnie Mack excelled on the ground as the duo has combined for 21 of the team's 23 rushing scores.
Spring 2004 - Benched a team-record 525 pounds at the "Night of Champions" ... tremendous strength and explosive off of the line ... solid pass blocker ... impressive work ethic is best attribute ... potential to be one of the top linemen in school history.
2003 - Integral component of nation's top-ranked pass offense ... number of sacks allowed by the offensive line dropped from 46 in 2002 to 25 in 2003 ... started 10 games ... allowed only 1.5 sacks throughout the season ... holds the school record for bench press at 525 pounds ... Navy - solid in the trenches, helping pave the way for Tech's bowl season-best 497 passing yards ... Oklahoma - another stellar performance from the offensive line against the nation's top defensive unit ... O-line didn't allow a sack in the game, after OU entered the affair with 39 sacks on the season ... Texas - offensive line turned in outstanding performance, allowing only one sack, while helping the offense roll up 527 yards of total offense on the nation's 16th-ranked defensive unit ... Tech also passed for 365 yards against UT's fifth-ranked pass defense ... Baylor - Tech offense rolled up 716 yards of total offense, second-best single-game performance in school history ... Colorado - Red Raiders overcame six turnovers en route to win over Colorado ... line yielded only one sack in 51 pass attempts ... Missouri - Tech quarterbacks threw for 437 yards and four touchdowns ... line allowed only one sack in 73 pass attempts ... Oklahoma State - paved way for Henderson's second-straight 100-yard game ... also locked down OSU defensive line, enabling Tech to roll up 552 passing yards and 49 points ... Iowa State - key cog for RB Taurean Henderson's first 100-yard rushing game of the season ... Tech rushed for Leach era-best 240 yards ... 535-yard passing day for Tech offense ... Texas A&M - Red Raiders pass for 605 yards and score 59 against Aggies; most points allowed in A&M school history at that point ... part of offensive line that allowed only one sack in 59 pass attempts ... Mississippi - came off the bench to provide Symons solid protection in 661-yard passing performance ... Red Raiders register 713 yards of total offense on the road ... N.C. State - Tech rolls up 681 yards of total offense, including 586 through the air ... New Mexico - solid performance in the trenches in B.J. Symons' first 400-yard passing game ... SMU - first-career start.
2002 - Redshirt season.
High School - Willowridge High School in Houston, Texas ... rated as the No. 95 prospect in the state by Superprep recruiting magazine ... Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Top 100 ... First-Team All-District 20-5A selection ... sixth-best center in country (Rivals100.com) ... Fort Worth Star-Telegram Top 100 ... also First-Team All-District last two seasons ... recruited by Kansas State, Houston, UTEP and Iowa State ... High School Coach: David Scurlock.
Personal - Manuel Ramirez ... born February 19, 1983, in Houston, Texas ... son of Rosalinda and Manuel Ramirez ... has two siblings, Angel and Rosalinda ... majoring in exercise sport science.
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