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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jonathan Ruffin Wins 2000 Lou Groza Award


"University of Cincinnati sophomore kicker Jonathan Ruffin capped off a memorable 2000 season by being named the recipient of the ninth annual Lou Groza Award, which is annually presented by the Palm Beach County Sports County Sports Commission to the top placekicker in the nation. The award was announced this evening at a banquet at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel. 'If you told me at the start of the season that I would be standing here receiving this award, I wouldn't have believed you,' Ruffin told the banquet audience. 'My goal heading into the year was to have a good solid season. I wanted to make a majority of my kicks and be somebody that my teammates could depend on. Last year, we had a lot of games that were decided by the kicking game and we lost them. This year, it's been the opposite. I feel like I've had a big part in our team's success. I really didn't have time to be nervous or put pressure on myself this year. I made six field goals in the first two games and everything fell into place.'

The honor is the latest in a line of awards for Ruffin since the end of the regular season. A consensus All-America choice, Ruffin has been named to All-America teams by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writer's Association of America, The Sporting News and collegefootball.com. He was also the co-recipient of the team's Claude Rost Award as Cincinnati's most valuable player while being named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year. It has been a storybook season for Ruffin, who finished the regular season leading the nation with 26 field goals in 29 attempts this year, the sixth-highest single-season total in NCAA history and just three short of the all-time record, set by John Lee of UCLA in 1984. Ruffin, a sophomore from Metairie, LA, set a school mark by making a field goal in every game this season, shattering the Bearcats' old school season record of 17 field goals, formerly held by Tom Dallen. He tied the school record for field goals in a game with four against both Tulane and UAB enroute to setting the single-season record for kick scoring points with 104. He also set the UC standard by making 12 consecutive field goals over a five-game stretch, besting the old mark of eight straight set by Eric Richards in 1997." - Conference USA

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