DE James Ruffin named First Team All-Arena Honors Aug 17, 2015 11:02:06 GMT -8
Post by David on Aug 17, 2015 11:02:06 GMT -8
Shock DE James Ruffin (#44) (image credit: Zach Edwards Photography)
Spokane Shock DE James Ruffin has been named First Team All-Arena.
The Arena Football League announced their First and Second Team All-Arena Defensive Honors and Ruffin was the lone Spokane player to be awarded the honor. The 4-year veteran defensive end ranked 5th in the AFL for sacks (11.5), 8th for tackles for loss (10.5), 2nd for forced fumbles (6) and 1st for fumble recoveries (6). He recorded 28 total tackles and notched one of three recorded safeties scored by the Shock defense (Derrick Summers had the other two).
This is the second year in a row that Ruffin has been named First Team All-Arena. He won the award along with the Krossover Defensive Lineman of the Year for leading the AFL in sacks (14) in 2014. Since joining the Shock in 2012, Ruffin has recorded a career total of 37 sacks.
The league also announced the seventeen other members of the First and Second Team All-Arena winners. The most noteworthy of all was Duane Brooks of the Portland Thunder, who received First Team All-Arena for his efforts in the kick return game.
First Team All-Arena Defense
DE - Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
DE - James Ruffin, Spokane
NG - Jason Stewart, San Jose
MLB - Tyre Glasper, Arizona
JLB - Alvin Ray Jackman, Jacksonville
DB - Jeremy Kellem, Arizona
DB - James Romain, Philadelphia
DB - Greg Reid, Jacksonville
KR - Duane Brooks, Portland
Second Team All-Arena Defense
DE - Mike McAdoo, Arizona
DE - Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia
NG - Willie McGinnis, Cleveland
MLB - Francis Maka, San Jose
JLB - Terence Moore, Orlando
DB - Ken Fontenette, San Jose
DB - James Harrell, Tampa Bay
DB - Rayshaun Kizer, Los Angeles
KR - Brandon Thompkins, Orlando