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Highly touted wideout who is very athletic ... Excellent combination of speed and hands ... Had a solid first season in 2012 after not playing his first two years (redshirt in 2010 and did not play in 2011) and was even better last season (2013) ... Is listed as a starter at the `Z' wide receiver heading into the fall season ... Has five career 100-yard receiving games, which is tied for 23rd all-time at SDSU ... Has a catch in 14 straight games and two or more receptions in 13 straight, both which are the longest streaks on the team ... Has led the team in receiving yards in a game 10 times over his career and in catches on 10 occasions.
2013: Was named an honorable-mention all-MW pick by the league's coaches and selected media ... Also was a midseason third-team all-MW pick by Phil Steele ... Was on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, given annually the top collegiate wide receiver ... Led the team with 68 catches, 1,136 yards (16.7 avg.), and tied for second with three receiving touchdowns ... Became the 20th Aztec with a 1,000-yard season (22nd instance overall) and first since 2010 ... A whopping 43 of his 68 catches were for first down ... Also had eight rushing attempts ... Ranked sixth in the MW and 29th in the nation in receiving yards per game (87.4) ... Ranked second in the MW and is fourth nationally in receiving average (16.7) (min. 68 catches) ... vs. Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31) ... Started the opener vs. Eastern Illinois, catching four balls for 91 yards ... Led the team with a 22.8 average yards per catch, was second with 91 yards and tied for second with four receptions ... Had a long of 49 yards from Adam Dingwell, which was the team's longest play of the game ... Also attempted his first pass of his career, which was incomplete ... at No. 3/2 Ohio State (Sept. 7) ... Had six catches for a game-high 80 yards at Ohio State ... The six receptions tied Lockett for the most on the team ... Averaged 13.3 yards per catch, which was the highest average on the team for players with multiple receptions ... vs. Oregon State (Sept. 21) ... Caught two passes for 27 yards (13.5 avg.) against Oregon State ... Both receptions came in the fourth quarter ... Also threw an incomplete pass ... at New Mexico State (Sept. 28) ... Caught eight balls for 101 yards at New Mexico State, including a 39-yard grab ... It was his second career 100-yard game (also Sept. 8, 2012 vs. Army) and the 313th 100-yard game in school history ... vs. Nevada (Oct. 4) ... Had four receptions for 70 yards (17.5 avg.) in the win vs. Nevada ... Included in the four receptions was a 36-yarder ... at Air Force (Oct. 10) ... Had game highs of six catches and 108 yards and his first career touchdown in SDSU's come-from-behind win at Air Force ... The 62-yard touchdown catch (also a then career-long grab) brought the Aztecs within a point at 20-19 in the fourth quarter, but SDSU missed the extra point ... It was his second 100-yard receiving game of the year and third of his career ... vs. No. 15/18 Fresno State (Oct. 26) ... Had a career game, tallying career bests in receptions (10) and receiving yards (181) for an 18.1 average ... It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and fourth of his career ... The 181 yards were the most since Vincent Brown had 184 vs. No. 25 Utah on Nov. 20, 2010 and were the 39th most in program history ... vs. New Mexico (Nov. 2) ... Finished with seven catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns in SDSU's win over New Mexico ... It was his third straight 100-yard receiving game (tied for eighth all-time at SDSU), fourth 100-yard game this year and fifth of his career (tied for 23rd all-time at SDSU) ... Went over 1,000 yards receiving for his career with his first catch, a career-long 75-yard pass from Quinn Kaehler ... Had his first career two-touchdown game ... at San José State (Nov. 9) ... Caught three passes for 25 yards in the win at San José State ... at Hawai'i (Nov. 16) ... Just missed another 100-yard receiving game at Hawai'i with 99 yards on four catches and a 24.8 average ... vs. Boise State (Nov. 23) ... Caught four passes for 59 yards in the Aztec win vs. Boise State ... The 59 yards moved him past the 1,000-yard plateau for the season, the 20th Aztec to do so ... at UNLV (Nov. 30) ... Had five receptions for 55 yards off the bench at UNLV ... vs. Buffalo (Dec. 21, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ... Had a game-high five catches for 75 yards vs. Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ... Also set a career high with three rushing attempts for a season-high seven yards.
2012: Had 17 receptions for 319 yards (18.8 average per catch) ... The 18.8 average was the highest by an Aztec since current San Diego Charger Vincent Brown averaged 19.6 yards per catch in 2011 ... Played in 12 of the team's 13 games, starting four times, including the Poinsettia Bowl vs. Brigham Young ... Earned his first career start and played in his first career game in the team's opener at Washington ... Didn't make a catch, but did have a 9-yard rush ... Had a breakout game against Army with five receptions for 132 yards ... All five catches were for a first down ... He became the 80th player in program history to record a 100-yard game ... Started again vs. North Dakota and had a 2-yard rush ... Caught an 11-yard pass off the bench vs. San José State ... Had two catches for 40 yards, including a 37-yarder, at Fresno State despite playing with a broken hand ... Had team highs of four receptions and 43 yards against Hawai'i ... Added a 10-yard rush ... Did not play vs. Colorado State ... Returned to action at Nevada and had a 30-yard catch late in the fourth quarter that led to Chance Marden's game-tying field goal ... Played vs. UNLV without a stat ... Played again at Boise State without recording a stat ... Grabbed three balls for 36 yards vs. Air Force ... Played at Wyoming, but did not record a catch ... Had a 27-yard catch against Brigham Young in the Poinsettia Bowl.
2011: Did not play in his second season at SDSU.
2010: Initially moved to running back during preseason camp, but moved back to wideout before the season got underway ... Ultimately ended up using his redshirt campaign.
High School: Competed on both offense and defense during his time at Wilson High, lettering four times ... Caught 21 passes for 301 yards and four TDs, while gaining 758 yards on the ground and scoring 12 times on 104 rushes ... Also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass ... In the return game, he averaged 21.5 yards with a long of 65 yards on kickoffs and 18.1 yards with a long of 55 on punts ... On defense, he had 30 tackles, three pass deflections, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... Started at Wilson as a sophomore ... Was an all-league pick and co-offensive MVP for his team as a senior ... Also competed in track.
Personal: Born March 17, 1992, in Hollywood, Calif. ... Son of John and Carol Ruffin ... Chose San Diego State over the likes of Nebraska, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Utah State and UNLV ... Is majoring in social science.