Nov. 4, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming sophomore defensive back Luke Ruff was named a First Team ESPN Academic All-District 7 selection on Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As a First Team district honoree, Ruff will now advance to the ESPN Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-America football team will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Ruff, a native of Castle Rock, Colo., has a 3.56 cumulative grade-point average in mechanical engineering. He plays both as a defensive back and as a top special teams' performer. He was named Wyoming's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year as a true freshman in 2009. Ruff has made 18 tackles this season, and he has blocked one punt. He has 30 career tackles and two blocked kicks during his two-year career.
Ruff blocked a punt versus San Diego State in 2010 that led to a field goal. His other blocked kick came against No. 2 ranked Texas as a freshman in 2009 and led to a recovery for a touchdown by Wyoming. Ruff was named to the Mountain West Conference Academic All-Conference team as a true freshman in 2009, and was also a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete selection in `09.
The criteria for ESPN Academic All-District honors requires a student-athlete to have achieved a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative gpa, must be a starter or important reserve on his or her team, must have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and must have reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
CoSIDA's District 7 is made up of the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.