Wyoming's Luke Ruff named to list

University of Wyoming senior football free safety Luke Ruff was named to a very exclusive group on Thursday when the candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football were announced. Ruff was one of only 30 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes in the nation named to the list of award candidates. He was the only Mountain West football student-athlete selected.

From the original group of 30 candidates, 10 finalists will be determined at mid-season and those 10 finalists will then be placed on the final ballot for voting by coaches, media members and fans. Additional information on this year's Senior CLASS Award may be found at: seniorclassaward.com.

The Senior CLASS Award acronym stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Only NCAA Division I FBS senior football student-athletes are eligible for the award. Each candidate must have displayed excellence in the four areas of community, classroom, character and competition.

Ruff, a native of Castle Rock, Colo., earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors from conference head coaches and media members last season as a junior. He was voted by conference media members as a 2012 Preseason First Team All-Mountain West selection at this summer's Mountain West Media Days. As both a sophomore and junior, Ruff was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One First Team Academic All-District VII team. He has earned Academic All-Mountain West and Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honors each of the past three years.

Ruff carries a 3.59 cumulative-grade-point average in civil engineering, and is one of four team captains for the Cowboys this season.

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