April 12, 2006
Charleston, S.C. - Brian Ruff, among The Citadel's most dominant football players ever, will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies on May 22 at the Metropolitan Columbia Convention Center.
He becomes the seventh individual from the Military College of South Carolina to receive the nod for the State of South Carolina's highest honor, induction into the SC Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of Mountainside, NJ, Ruff, who may be the most aptly named athlete in the history of college football, was a linebacker who excelled in Coach Bobby Ross' defensive schemes. He was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year and South Carolina Player of the Year in both 1975 and 1976. Ruff earned first-team Associated Press All-America honors his senior year (1976 season), including a week where he was the AP's National Player of the Week, and was the school's first to make the AP first-team (this honor came for all NCAA Division I schools as there was no I-AA at the time).
Ruff was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection and was the first Citadel athlete to have his jersey (No. 51) retired. He was selected to participate in both the Hula Bowl and the Japan Bowl, and was later drafted in the 11th round by the Baltimore Colts. He was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.
Also named to the SC Athletic Hall of Fame's Class of 2006 include Major League baseball players Jimmy Key (Clemson) and LaMarr Hoyt (Columbia), coaches Donnie Walsh (USC basketball) and Jim Carlen (USC football), Olympic basketball gold medal winner Katrina McClain (Charleston), and football players Harold Green (USC) and Stanford Jennings (Furman).
Others from The Citadel who have already been inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame include Larkin Jennings '33, W.F. (Gunner) Ohlandt '51, Paul Maguire '60, John Small '70, Stump Mitchell '81, and (baseball) Coach Chal Port.
The Citadel now has seven representatives in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.