William boots 36-yard field goal in OT for the win
Smith and Rufran have effective days, but UW falls short in season opener
UW This Season: A sure-handed junior, Rufran returns as one of the projected starters at the receiver spot.
2012: Rufran continued to be a consistent producer for the UW offense as a sophomore. He finished second on the team with 39 grabs for 529 yards and scored five touchdowns. He upped his receiving yards per game to 44 as a sophomore, a jump of 13 yards per game from his freshman total. He tied for second on the team with five touchdowns. He eclipsed the century mark for receiving yards twice during the season, versus Toledo (102) and New Mexico with 116.
2011: Rufran stepped into a starting receiver role for the Cowboys in his true freshman season and had at least one reception in all 13 games. He started the season with 100 all-purpose yards against Weber State and Texas State. Against Weber State he caught one pass for seven yards and returned four kicks for 94 yards to finish with 101 all-purpose yards. His best receiving game of the season came against Texas State catching five balls for 96 yards. He also returned one kickoff for a season-long 44 yards, giving him a season-high 140 all-purpose yards. Rufran also had two touchdown receptions on the season, the first of which came against Bowling Green. His second touchdown of the season came on a 41-yard reception against UNLV. Rufran caught 44 passes for 402 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned 17 kickoffs for 369 yards. Rufran averaged 59.3 all-purpose yards per game. Along with his first letter, he earned Mountain West Academic All-Conference honors.
High School: Dominic Rufran was selected to The Denver Post All-Colorado First Team for all classifications his senior year at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. He also earned First Team All-State for Class 5A from The Post. Class 5A is the largest classification in Colorado. Rufran accounted for 3,019 total yards his senior season, including 1,558 rushing yards and 831 receiving yards on 40 receptions. He also threw three TD passes. Rufran scored 19 touchdowns rushing, seven receiving and returned one kickoff for a touchdown. As a team captain, he led Palmer High to a 7-4 record and the second round of the 5A state playoffs. His junior year, he caught 59 passes for 1,057 and had 13 receiving TDs. He earned honorable mention all-state honors in football as a junior. An outstanding basketball player, as well, he helped lead his team to an 18-5 record and the second round of the state playoffs, while earning honorable mention All-Conference honors. Rufran earned three letters in football, basketball and track and field at Palmer High. An outstanding student, Rufran achieved Academic All-State honors three years in high school and was honorable mention Academic All-State the other year. He played for head football coach Rod Baker.
Personal: Born Aug. 11, 1993, he is the son of Eowyn Suchan and Michael Rufran. He has two older siblings, Maria and Dominique, and two younger siblings, Amadeo and Adonis. Rufran was also recruited by Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho and UCLA. He is pursuing a degree in kinesiology and health promotion at UW.