Palomar tight end Ryan Ena is known for the spectacular catches he snags out of the air and his precise route-running skills.
Ena is in his second year on the team and is now one of Palomar’s starting tight ends, demonstrating his ability to gain yards down the stretch on game day. He said he considers himself a possession receiver.
“I love catching the ball,” Ena said.
Last year, the 6-foot-6-inch Ena averaged 570 yards, with 13.3 yards a carry and received 62 yards as his longest of six touchdowns.
Born and raised in Oceanside, Calif., Ena was an athlete at El Camino High School. He played one year of basketball as a sophmore and three years of football.
Ena said he was born into a football family. He had cousins playing from a toddler age all the way up until high school. “My family is a multi-sport talented family. We play basketball, football, soccer, etc.,” he said.
Ena added he has big dreams, including plans to become a successful graduate from Palomar College, and eventually to become a professional football player in the NFL.
He said he wants to earn his associate’s degree and transfer to a Division 1 state university, possibly Utah, San Jose, Florida State or Arizona State.
“He will be able to pick what school he wants to go to,” said Offensive Coordinator Dan Early.
His ultimate goal is to get noticed by University of Southern California. “It’s my dream school because it has a lot to offer me.”
This season, Palomar has gone 2-3 in the regular season. When asked about the two-game losing streak before beating Orange Coast, Ena said, “It’s us beating ourselves. Every one needs to be focused on their job.”
He admitted, “we could use some help on the special teams.
He also stated, “We need to be more consistent of making good practices. We need to keep showing more good days than bad days, like all competitive teams.”
“I never work out alone. I am always tossing a football with someone,” Ena said.
Ena said he doesn’t do traditional workouts.
“I stay away from the weights,” he said and added, “working on my footwork will elevate my game.”