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CAREER: He has 33 tackles (with a sack) and 2 forced fumbles in his career, plus 2 kickoff returns for 21 yards (10.5 avg). He has 1 career start.
2016: Ruffin will battle for a starting job at defensive end as a senior in 2016.
2015: Ruffin served as a backup outside linebacker and played on special teams as a junior in 2015. Overall in 2013 while appearing in all 14 games, he had 11 tackles and a forced fumble and he also returned 2 short kickoffs for 21 yards (10.5 avg). He had 4 tackles and a forced fumble against Arkansas State, 2 stops against Arizona and UCLA and 1 stop each against Idaho, California and Oregon. His kickoff returns came at Colorado (18 yards) and versus Utah (3 yards).
2014: Ruffin was set to compete for starting time at outside linebacker as a sophomore in 2014, but instead was sidelined all season after tearing left knee ligaments in 2014 fall camp.
2013: Ruffin saw key playing time at outside linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Overall in 2013 while appearing in 13 games (all but Notre Dame) and even starting at Hawaii, he had 22 tackles, including an 8-yard sack, and a forced fumble. He had 3 tackles at Hawaii, 2 against Boston College, 1 each against Arizona State and Arizona, 2 tackles with a sack against Utah and 1 tackle at Oregon State. He then had a game-high 8 tackles at California, 1 tackle against Stanford and 3 tackles at Colorado.
2012: Ruffin redshirted as a freshman defensive end and linebacker in 2012, his first year at USC. He was named USC’s Defensive Service Team Player of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2011 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Sporting News Top 125, Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team, ESPNU 150, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II second team, All-CIF Western Division and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team, All-San Gabriel Valley League first team as a senior linebacker and wide receiver at Downey (Calif.) High. He had 99 tackles with 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries on defense and 42 receptions for 549 yards (13.1 avg.) with 5 TDs and rushed for 196 yards with 2 TDs on offense in 2011.
As a junior in 2010, he was Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and All-San Gabriel Valley League second team while making 87 tackles with 2 sacks on defense and 35 receptions for 593 yards (16.9 avg.) with 4 TDs plus 174 rushing yards with 5 TDs on offense.
As a 2009 sophomore, he had 24 receptions for 302 yards (12.6 avg.) with 1 TD and ran for 161 yards with 1 TD on offense, plus had 14 tackles on defense.
PERSONAL: He is majoring in policy, planning and development and American studies and ethnicity at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JABARI RUFFIN