Joined the team as an invited walk-on last fall and worked at the stud end position ... Played on the scout and jayvee teams ... Has a good work ethic ... Should benefit from the athletic performance program ... Will help provide depth at a position with a number of more experienced players ... 2001: Worked at defensive end ... Played in Tech's jayvee game against Hargrave and contributed a tackle ... Registered a 400-pound back squat during spring testing ... Was in on two tackles during one spring scrimmage and one in another ... High School: Lettered three seasons as a linebacker and quarterback for Coach Garry Cathell at Peters Township ... Named Quad A first-team as a linebacker and earned honorable mention all-state honors ... Was team MVP as a junior and senior ... Contributed two interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries as a senior ... Was moved from offensive tackle to quarterback in the third quarter of a game against Laurel Highlands and guided his team to a win ... Went on to pass for over 500 yards and seven TDs during the season ... Threw a game-winning TD pass with 53 seconds showing to beat previously unbeaten conference leaders ... Had 36 solo tackles and 54 assists his junior year ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... Personal: Robert Ryan Ruff ... Born 9/23/82 in Bryn Mawr, PA ... Son of Robert and Christine Ruff ... Enrolled in university studies.