The Man Under Center

The Man Under Center

Did you know Rylan Wells enjoys the classic sounds of Hall & Oates?

The duo was slated to perform at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in late-September, and a few days prior, on a very late evening of filming the Jacksonville University football intro video, Rylan's shots were cued with "You Make My Dreams Come True." 

It was a different vibe from the current tunes played for his teammates. While a few danced or Googled their next poses, Rylan sat back and waited for his time on camera. Just before "Maneater", he softly asked Brooks Armstrong, the Dolphins' Director of Operations, if he would be going to the concert with him.

It wasn't until months later, with the shyest of smiles, that Rylan mentioned it was all a joke.

And this is how many would describe him – soft-spoken, relaxed, and poised but always good for a laugh.

He's never been one for the limelight, but his character both on and off the field, rightfully deserves all its praise.

In four seasons under center, the Dolphin quarterback and two-year captain has amassed 48 career touchdowns and 5,069 yards, with a little more than 1,200 of those recorded on the ground.

His performances this year have garnered both national and conference attention with a pair of STATS FCS honorable mentions and three Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week nods.

Oh, and he's also the team's regular punter.

Engrossed in sports at a young age, Rylan's first word was "ball." He was a three-sport athlete through high school, but focused on football as his ticket to the next level.

His first taste of college – a redshirted freshman campaign. It wasn't until late in the 2015 season, three years into his Dolphin tenure, that he received significant playing time.

"I remember that spring," said Wells. "I felt pretty confident in my ability. I was ready, especially in that season that if anything happened, I was ready to come in. Eventually, it did. I still remember that game, Dayton, when I went in."

The recap from the 2015 road game read:

"The Dolphins averted their first-ever PFL shut out on the last play of the third quarter when redshirt sophomore quarterback Rylan Wells, on in relief of starter Kade Bell, led JU on a six-play, 79-yard drive that ended when he connected with wide receiver Brian Burnett on a 39-yard touchdown pass.

Wells struck again with 7:33 to play in the game when he hit wide receiver Damien Strange on an 84-yard touchdown pass to get JU 31-14. Wells was 11 of 18 for 254 yards and the two touchdowns."

Two games later, Rylan was named the starting quarterback and with a leadership style as relaxed as his demeanor, he's been guiding the Dolphins' offense ever since.

"I'm similar to Jamal [Adjamah] when it comes to leadership. During the game, I may yell a little, but I'm not going to give some fiery speech before the game. I like to joke around, and I can kind of flip the switch. I'm more of a guy that will pull someone to the side and have a one-on-one with them."

When Rylan isn't extending plays on the field, he professes to be the best FIFA player on the team. He also enjoys a game of golf or tennis, and beach outings.

All in all, Rylan is just a pretty chill guy.