September 9, 2008

Introducing the Big Red: Graham Rihn

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Graham Rihn is not someone you want to find yourself lined up against. The senior enters his final season with the Red one of the most effective defenders in the Ancient Eight, as well as one of the most versatile. The six-foot, 237-pound Applied Economics and Management major is listed as a defensive lineman but can easily make the switch up to linebacker as well.
This versatility makes Rihn equally intimidating against the run or passing play. Rihn combines his speed and strength into a viciously effective defensive cocktail.[img_assist|nid=31523|title=Brace yourself|desc=Senior defensive lineman Graham Rihn charges the pocket against Colgate on Oct. 13, 2007.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
Last season Rihn was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week twice and ended the season with 46 total tackles and two sacks. He led the team in tackles for loss, with ten, and ultimately was rewarded for his efforts with honorable mention All-Ivy League honors. Over the course of the season, Rihn also blocked two field goals, broke up four passes and forced two fumbles.
During a 34-14 win against Columbia on Nov. 10, 2007, Rihn racked up eight tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and blocked a kick. In another highlight for the defender, Rihn posted five tackles (three tackles for a loss), two sacks and caused two fumbles during the Red’s 38-14 victory over Bucknell on Sept. 15, 2007.
As a sophomore, Rihn made 10 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss and one sack while playing in all of the season’s 10 regular season games. The three-letter winner saw action in nine of Cornell’s ten matches as a freshman in 2005.