In his show Brey specifically said that VJ was the reason Ryan couldn't get minutes this season and that things would open up for him next season. Of course he never guaranteed minutes, but he did the usual "the future is very bright for Matt Ryan at Notre Dame" kind of thing.
That being said, there's no doubt Mooney, Harvey and Geben would be pushing for the 5th starting spot with Djogo and Torres also pushing to get into the rotation.
I just have to think that Ryan wasn't just looking for minutes. He is looking to be a starter and prominent player.