2002: Had a season-high four tackles on three occasions ... Had four stops at Southern Miss. ... Four tackles and two tackles-for-loss vs. Arkansas State and four stops at Minnesota ... Had a sack and first career interception vs. Purdue ... Opened the season with two tackles and a forced fumble against Missouri.
2001: A pass-rushing defensive tackle who finished the season tied for second on the team in sacks with five ? Nearly 50 percent of his solo tackles were sacks and nearly 60 percent of them went for losses ? Totaled 21 tackles (11 unassisted) and six tackles for loss ? Had a career day against the pass-happy Louisville Cardinals ? Had two sacks, two tackles for loss and two more quarterback hurries (all career highs) against Dave Ragone and the Cardinals ? Had a career high four tackles and one sack against Penn State ? Had two tackles and a sack against Wisconsin ? Had three tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack at Michigan.
2000: Played in the first two games of the season before breaking ankle against San Diego State and returned for the final two games of the season ... Tallied four tackles for the season, two each against Middle Tennessee and at San Diego State ... Had a quarterback hurry vs. the Aztecs ... Made his first collegiate start in the season opener.
1999: Redshirted the 1999 season.
High School: All-DuPage Valley conference selection and named Most Valuable Lineman in league ? First-team all-Chicagoland ? Tabbed all-area by Chicago Sun-Times ? Named all-state by Chicago Tribune, Champaign News-Gazette, and Beacon News ? Played defensive tackle and place-kicker at West Aurora H.S. under coach Ira Jefferson ? Earned four varsity letters in track and two varsity letters each in football and basketball ? Helped team exceed preseason projections and finish 5-4.
Personal: Full given name is Jeffrey Isaiah Ruffin, Jr. ? Nickname is Big Daddy ? Born Feb. 6, 1981 in Aurora, Ill. ? Parents are Jeffrey I. Sr. and Lavern Ruffin ? Has four sisters ? Majoring in speech communicaton ? Plans to pursue a career in professional football or in marketing management ? Enjoys sports, dancing, music and meeting people ? Favorite athlete is Reggie White ? Most memorable sports moments are placing fifth in the discus at state as a junior and registering 13 tackles and three sacks during his senior year against Elgin H.S. ? Lists being a great dancer as something people do not know about him.
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS QBS-YDS QBH 2000 4 1 3 4 0-0 0-0 1 2001 12 11 10 21 6-31 5-30 3 2002 12 15 7 22 4-8 1-4 2 Total 28 27 20 46 10-38 6-34 6