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David Ruffer
Notre Dame
Nominated by Brian Kelly

David Ruffer did not play high school football and did not play football at William & Mary College before he transferred to Notre Dame as a regular student following the 2007-08 school year. He participated and kicked for Siegfried Hall in Notre Dame’s interhall (intramural) games and word got out about his kicking prowess. He was awarded a tryout for the Notre Dame Football Team and eventually earned a spot as walk-on player. David joined the Irish during the 2008 bye week and was member of the scout team the rest of the season. He served as the backup place kicker to Brandon Walker in 2008 and Nick Tausch in 2009 until Tausch injured a foot and David was placed as the kickoff specialist over the final seven games and placekicker in final three games of 2009.

His excellence on the field has now earned him a finalist spot for the 2010 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and he is the only kicker in the FBS in 2010 still perfect in field goal attempts. He is also the only kicker in the FBS still perfect for his career and leads all active kickers in field goal percentage. David also owns the school record for consecutive field goals made in a single season with 15, which ranks as the fifth-most field goals in single-season school history.

While at Notre Dame David Ruffer has accumulated a 3.90 GPA studying economics. He was also named to the 2010 First Team ESPN Academic All-America® Football Team and became the 31st different Irish football player (37th overall selection) to be voted a first-team Academic All-American and the first since John Carlson in 2006.