|High School:||Allentown Central Catholic|
Senior defensive end who is majoring in marketing … has been a full-time starter the last two seasons … team’s most experienced defensive lineman … has played effectively at all positions on the D-line … eager learner … begins final season with 92 career tackles, including 11 for losses … three varsity letters.
2010: Started all nine games … made 41 tackles and tied for team lead with 3.5 for a loss … made seven tackles at Carson-Newman Sept. 2 … had five tackles, 1.5 for a loss, and a forced fumble at Central Connecticut Sept. 11 … seven tackles against both New Haven Sept. 24 and Merrimack Oct. 8 … credited with four tackles, two for a loss, and 1.5 sacks at Southern Connecticut Oct. 16 … received one of the team’s Coaches Awards following the season.
2009: Started all 10 games at defensive tackle … made 41 tackles, 4.5 for a loss … also notched 2.5 sacks and one interception … had 1.5 sacks against AIC Sept. 25 … recorded a sack one game later at Merrimack Oct. 3 … season-high nine tackles in that game … interception came at Pace Oct. 17.
2008: Played in all 11 games … recorded 10 tackles … picked up one sack, coming against Millersville Aug. 29 … had season-best four tackles at AIC Sept. 20.
2007: Did not appear in any games.
Personal: 2007 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School, where he was a three-year starter and the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year … team captain as a senior … two-time second-team All-Lehigh Valley Conference, including at both TE and DE in 2006 … 2007 Big 33 nominee … played and served as a team captain in 2007 McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic … ranked by ESPN as one of the top-100 tight ends in the nation … age as of Sept. 1: 22 … son of Joseph and Georgette Ruffino … has one sister, Janelle (17), and one brother, Dante (13).