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Ruffin Named AFL Defensive Lineman Of The Year

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James Ruffin set the Shock's franchise record for sacks and was named the AFL's defensive lineman of the year on Tuesday. James Ruffin set the Shock's franchise record for sacks and was named the AFL's defensive lineman of the year on Tuesday.

by AFL Media Relations

CHICAGO – The Arena Football League Office announced today that San Jose SaberCats offensive lineman Rich Ranglin has been named Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year and Spokane Shock defensive end James Ruffin has been named Krossover Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Ranglin (6-3, 315, Central Connecticut State) appeared in 17 games along the offensive line for the SaberCats this season. A four-time First Team All-Arena selection, Ranglin has established himself as one of the League’s premiere pass blockers. He also showed off his receiving skills in 2014, hauling in 16 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. This is the second Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year award of Ranglin’s career. He previously earned the honor in 2011 as a member of the Kansas City Command.

Ruffin (6-4, 265, Northern Iowa) collected 38.5 tackles and led the League with a franchise-record 14 sacks in 2014. He became Spokane’s all-time leader in sacks this season, totaling 26 over his three-year career. The First Team All-Arena defensive end also logged three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception returned for a touchdown on the year. This is his first Krossover Defensive Lineman of the Year selection.

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