- Free Safety
- Civil Engineering
In the summer of 2012, Ruff served as a civil engineering undergraduate research assistant working on the study of pervaporation, which is a process utilized to treat fracking water that is a byproduct of oil drilling wells. He worked under the direction of Jonathan Brant, Ph.D. an Assistant Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Ruff was selected as a Capital One CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District VII honoree in both 2010 & 2011. He was named an Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was the 2010-12 Recipient of the Helen and Jim Smith Scholarship for Engineering, a 2011 Recipient of the Bebout Family Scholarship for Football and was selected as the recipient of the Ryan E. Willson “Want To” Scholarship for Football. He earned Dean’s Honor Roll from 2009-2012 and has achieved a 3.592 cumulative grade-point average in civil engineering entering Senior Year. He will graduate in four years.
Ruff has been picked as a 2012 Team Captain for his senior season, after being selected a game captain twice his junior year.
In the spring of 2012, Ruff participated in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) food drive. He also assisted in “Wyoming in Haiti” Fundraising Kids Camp, which raised funds for University of Wyoming student-athletes to travel to Haiti to help in rebuilding efforts and teach Haitian Youth sports skills. In the summer of 2012, he helped coach the Laramie Youth Football Skills Camps, three times a week for one week. Ruff has served as a member of the University of Wyoming Athletic Facility Master Plan Committee and assisted at the Douglas County High School Football Camps in Castle Rock, Colo. He participated in the University of Wyoming Sports Festival in Laramie, Wyo., and assisted with the Church Family Fun Fest at Heritage Evangelical Free Church in his hometown of Castle Rock, Colo. He has gone on two Mexico mission trips, helping teach vacation bible school and helping construct a church at Basconcobe, Mexico. Ruff contributed to a Habitat for Humanity trip to Alamosa, Colo., including building houses and teaching vacation bible school.
In 2011 Ruff was named Second Team All-Mountain West Conference (Junior Year). He helped lead Wyoming to an 8-5 record and a berth in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. He was credited with 102 tackles, ranking him No. 6 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 88 in the nation among all FBS student-athletes. As a freshman, he was honored as the University of Wyoming Special Teams Player of the Year. He has started the last 15 consecutive games at safety for Wyoming.