Ryan Applehort

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Ryan Applehort
No. 11 – Retired
Position:Quarterback, Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1997-01-21)January 21, 1997 (aged 54)
Fort Worth, TX
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:All Saints High School (Fort Worth, TX)
College:University of Houston
ISFL Draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Roster status:Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NSFL statistics as of Week 14, 2025
Completed passes:2,541
Pass attempts:4,440
Completion Percentage:57.2%
TDINT:168-106
Passing yards:28,497
Passer rating:79.2

Player stats at ISFL.net

Ryan Applehort (born January 17, 1997) is a American football quarterback for the Colorado Yeti of the National Simulation Football League (NSFL). He played college football for the University of Houston before entering the professional ranks in 2021.

Early years

Ryan Applehort was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in Fort Worth, with parents Jon Applehort and Cindy Applehort raising him. He attended All Saints High School, in Fort Worth. Before his football career, he played professional baseball with the Houston Astros as a pitcher. After some disappointing performances with the Buies Creek Astros, Applehort decided to focus primarily on furthering his football career.


College career

As a true freshman, Applehort enrolled to the University of Houston after completing his senior year of high school. He backed up fellow quarterbacks Kyle Postma, Kyle Allen, and D'eriq King. In his sophomore season, Applehort earned the starting job, and led Houston to the #23 ranking in the final CFP poll, finishing 11-3. In his junior year, he sustained a injury to his throwing hand and missed 5 games, as the Cougars fell from 8-0 with Applehort in to 8-5. In his senior year, Applehort led the Cougars to a 14-1 record, going undefeated in the regular season, winning the conference championship, which led to them being ranked #4 before the playoffs. Applehort threw for 528 yards as the Cougars cruised to a 41-10 victory over the University of Tennessee, but lost in the championship game 36-33 to the University of Washington. However, Applehort's stellar performances boosted his NFL draft stock, where he was projected to be a mid-round pick, due to some past injury concerns, especially surrounding his throwing arm. However, Applehort decided not to join the NFL, as he was aware of long-term concerns considering his medical health.


College career statistics

Applehort left college with a career total of 12,541 passing yards, 127 passing touchdowns, 25 interceptions, and a total record of 33-4. He set a record for the most passing yards in a single season (6,035), as well as setting Houston Cougars records in most passing touchdowns in a single season (56), and most passing yards in a single game (723).

Career statistics Passing Rushing
Season Team Games Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2017 Houston 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2018 Houston 14 301 513 58.7% 4562 8.9 51 11 112.2 32 41 1.3 1
2019 Houston 8 223 353 63.2% 2585 7.3 20 6 97.0 13 28 2.2 1
2020 Houston 15 383 578 66.3% 6035 10.4 56 8 127.3 41 103 2.5 3

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
33+38 in
(0.85 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
5.25 s 5.11 s 8.12 s 19.9 in
(0.51 m)
6 ft 9.9 in
(2.08 m)
2 reps 44
NSFL S7 Scouting Combine

Applehort declared for the 2021 Draft right before it happened, and was immediately recognized as one of the most highly touted prospects, as well as Sam Penner and Cole McCoy. The Luchadores selected Sam Penner with the #3 overall pick, and then the Marshals selected Ryan Applehort. Fellow quarterback Cole McCoy fell to the third round, landing with the Portland Pythons. That year, the Marshals finished the regular season 7-6-1, amid quarterback controversy. Both quarterbacks split time, and this eventually led to Applehort demanding a trade out of San Antonio. However, the trade deadline shortly thereafter passed, and no deal was made. Applehort got little playing time for the rest of the season and the playoffs, heightening his frustration in San Antonio. The Marshals eventually won the Ultimini, led by Mike Vick. During the offseason, since Daybe agency's own Jon Gruden was brought in to be Portland's co-GM, Applehort was traded to Portland for a conditional draft pick. Applehort entered the 2022 ISFL Draft shortly after. Many mock drafts had the Colorado Yeti selecting Applehort with one of their four first-round picks, and after the Yeti traded up to #7, Applehort was selected. It was expected Applehort would spend another season in the DSFL until Nicholas Pierno's motorcycle injury forced Pierno into intensive care. Applehort won the starting job and en route to the Yeti's second consecutive 0-14 season, and Applehort finished last in every single meaningful quarterback stat. In S8, Applehort and the Yeti improved. Applehort threw for 3,565 yards as well as a 13:14 TD/INT ratio as the Yeti surpassed expectations and finished 6-8.

In S9, Applehort led the Yeti to a 8-6 record, finishing second in the division and clinching their first playoff birth since S1. Applehort finished with 4,142 passing yards, a 59.3% completion percentage, and a 27-10 TD/INT ratio. Applehort was a key part in their 34-23 victory in week 13 over the Yellowknife Wraiths, clinching the second playoff spot. He threw for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, the Yeti's magical run fell short in the playoffs, falling to the Baltimore Hawks in the NSFC championship game on a score of 40-34. Still, Applehort was a huge part of the Yeti's success, and set many team records in the process.

In S10, Applehort signed with the Baltimore Hawks. The Hawks had a successful year as they made the Ultimus. Applehort also had a successful year; although his volume stats decreased, Applehort's completion percentage rose by around five percent. The Hawks went 9-5, and defeated the Colorado Yeti, Applehort's former team, in the NSFC championship. In the Ultimus, the Hawks faced the New Orleans Second Line. In a battle between the two teams, the Hawks eventually lost in overtime. That offseason, the Yellowknife Wraiths poached general manager Don Gruden from the Portland Pythons. Due to Applehort and Gruden being from the same Daybe agency, Applehort was traded to the Yellowknife Wraiths to avoid any conflict of interest. Brad Pennington, who was the current Wraiths quarterback at the time, switched positions to wide receiver, making way for Applehort.

Applehort's career in Yellowknife never found its footing. The Wraiths endured several disappointing years with Applehort at the helm, failing to make the playoffs each time. The Wraiths gained the #1 selection in the NSFL draft two times in a row, in S13 and S14. At the start of S15, Applehort decided to hang up the spikes at the end of the season, but first switched positions to cornerback, making way for the rookie Cooter Bigsby. Ryan Applehort had his most successful season to date as a cornerback, setting the single season record for pass deflections (33), as well as the single game record for kick return yards (338).


Professional career statistics

As a QB (2021 - 2029)

Career statistics Passing Rushing
Season Team Games Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2021 SAM 13 97 206 47.1% 830 8.6 4 7 50.4 5 4 0.8 0
2022 COL 14 231 482 47.9% 2430 5.0 4 21 47.6 29 -38 -1.3 1
2023 COL 14 331 570 58.1% 3565 6.3 13 14 73.9 25 41 1.6 1
2024 COL 14 338 570 59.3% 4142 7.3 27 10 90.3 11 39 3.5 0
2025 COL 14 377 657 57.4% 4314 6.6 36 14 86.6 12 54 4.5 0
2026 BAL 14 350 559 62.6% 3930 7 27 16 87.7 41 281 6.9 2
2027 YKW 14 282 495 57.0% 3047 6.2 18 8 80.6 14 38 2.7 0
2028 YKW 14 341 580 58.8% 3913 6.7 21 16 79.8 10 41 4.1 0
2029 YKW 14 291 527 55.2% 3156 6 22 7 81.4 9 32 3.6 0

As a CB (2030)

Career statistics Tackles Sacks Interceptions Other Kick Returns Punt Returns
Season Team Games Reg TFL Total Sack Int IntTD DefTD FFum FRec PD Safety Ret Yds Avg KR TD Ret Yds Avg PR TD
2030 YKW 14 64 0 64 0 3 1 1 0 0 33 0 34 1012 29.8 1 0 0 0 0

Achievements and Records

Awards

Team
Individual

Colorado Yeti franchise records

  • 2023; Set COL franchise record for most passing touchdowns in a game (5 touchdowns)
  • 2024; Set COL franchise record for highest passer rating in a game (133.5)
  • 2024; Set COL franchise record for highest passer rating in a season (90.3)
  • 2025; Set COL franchise record for longest pass in a game (80 yards)
  • 2025; Set COL franchise record for most passing completions in a game (38)
  • 2025; Set COL franchise record for most passing touchdowns in a season (36)

Baltimore Hawks franchise records

  • 2026; Set BAL franchise record for longest run in a game (76)
  • 2026; Set BAL franchise record for highest completion percentage in a career (62.6)

Yellowknife Wraiths franchise records

  • 2028; Set YKW franchise record for most passing interceptions in a game (5)

NSFL records

  • 2030; Set NSFL record for most kickoff return yards in a game (338)
  • 2030; Set NSFL record for most pass deflections in a season (33)

References