Football

MattRuffolo

  • position Kicker
  • height 5-11
  • Weight 211
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Centerville, Ohio
  • High school Archbishop Alter

2022 – %Senior
• Elected to return for a sixth year, taking advantage of the NCAA’s ruling to grant an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Three-year leƩ er winner
• Career totals include 26-of-32 fi eld goals and 94- of-99 extra points for 172 total points

2021 – Senior
• Lou Groza Award Watch List (nation’s top place kicker)
• Burlsworthy Trophy nominee (award presented annually to the most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on)
• CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team
• Hit 10-of-12 fi eld goals and 54-of-56 extra points for 84 points
• His 54 extra points are a single-season school record, previously held by Lones Seiber (51 in 2007)
• Has a streak of five consecutive field goals, dating back to Nov. 13 at Vanderbilt (2-2 vs. Vandy, 1-1 at Louisville, 2-2 Iowa)
• Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2020 – Senior
• Hit 22-of-23 extra points and 12-of-14 fi eld goal attempts, totaling 58 points, UK’s second-leading scorer
• Set a UK bowl record with three fi eld goals, from 25, 26 and 20 yards, in the win over NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
• Made all of his kicks in the win over South Carolina, including fi eld goals of 22 and 41 yards, along with all five extra points
• Connected a 50-yard fi eld goal in the second quarter at Missouri, tying his career long set last season vs. Arkansas
• Scored 10 points in Kentucky’s 34-7 win at No. 18/17-ranked Tennessee … Made a then-career-high 2-of-2 fi eld goals, from 30 and 27 yards … Also made all four extra points
• Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2019 – Junior
• Hit 4-of-5 fi eld goals and 18-of-20 PATs
• Totaled 30 points
• Nailed a career-long 50-yard fi eld goal in Kentucky’s 24-20 win over Arkansas
• His fi eld goal came on the first drive of the second half, keeping UK’s momentum going after trailing 13-0 early in the game … Also made all three extra points
• Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
• Dean’s List (Fall 2019)

2018 – Sophomore
• Practiced with the team
• Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2017 – Freshman
• Practiced with the team
• Dean’s List (Fall 2017)

High School
• Two-year starter and letter winner at kicker for Archbishop Alter
• Coached by Ed Domsitz
• Did not miss an extra point for two straight seasons (2016 and 2015)
• Ranks second all-Ɵ me in Ohio for consecutive PATs made with 103
• Hit 4 of 5 fi eld goals, 79 of 79 PATs, 73 of 85 kicks were touchbacks and averaged 40.0 yards per punt as a senior
• Helped the Knights finish as conference champs and state runner-up with a 13-1 record in 2016
• Named to the All-Greater Catholic League First Team and was named to the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association (MVFCA) All-Star Team
• Honorable mention Southwest Ohio
• Member of the National Honor Society, graduating with honors
• Member of the Student Council, Key Club, University Club and German Club
• Chose UK over Dayton, Ball State and Toledo

Personal
• Born in Dayton, Ohio
• Son of John and Susie Ruffolo
• Sister, Kara, played soccer at Loyola, while brother, Michael, was a kicker at Dayton
• Graduated in May of 2021 with a degree in finance… Graduated in May of 2022 with his MBA at UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics …Currently working on a second master’s degree in finance also from Gatton

Matt Says
• His nickname is “Big Foot”
• Other than playing for the NFL, his dream job is to be a CFO of a company
• The three people he would invite to his fantasy dinner are Peyton Manning, Donald Trump and Pat McAfee
• If he could create a holiday he would call it “National Spicy Italian Meatball Day” and everyone would eat meatballs

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