PHILADELPHIA – Ryan O’Malley, twice an All-Ivy selection at tight end for the University of Pennsylvania, has signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.
This past season, O’Malley caught 20 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns as Penn won the Ivy League championship. O’Malley was at his best in Ivy play to help the Quakers to their 17th Ivy League title, accumulating 143 of his total yards and two of his touchdowns in Ancient Eight contests to earn second-team All-Ivy honors for the second consecutive year.
His 20 catches this past season almost doubled his career totals for his first three seasons as he came alive in Penn’s offense under first-year offensive coordinator John Regan. For his career, O’Malley graduated with 496 yards receiving on 43 catches with nine touchdowns and a pair of Ivy League championships.
“We are thrilled for Ryan to have the opportunity to continue his football career,” said Ray Priore, the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football. “He was one of our captains this year, and set a great example for his teammates as we pursued a championship. He can do it all as a tight end – block, catch and run. The Raiders are going to quickly find out they have found a very good player who can help them in all areas on the offensive side of the ball.”
O’Malley joins former teammate Brandon Copeland (Detroit Lions) and Greg Van Roten (CFL’s Toronto Argonauts) as recent Quakers playing professional football.