UTEP (1-0) christens the home portion of its 2014 schedule versus Big 12 power Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. MT.
A Cumulative GPA Of 3.0 Is Required
2014 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
2014 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games on special teams ... was the starting punter for six contests ... averaged a team-leading 46.7 yards on 23 punts (1,073) ... notched four punts inside the 20-yard line, while kicking six of 50-plus yards ... kicked a season-long 64-yard punt against Texas Tech, while placing two inside the 20-yard line ... established a career-best 47.7 yard average on six punts (286 yards) at LA Tech.
2013 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 12 games as the starting punter as a true freshman ... tallied 2,239 yards on 56 punts (40.0 average) ... only two punts were blocked ... placed 16 punts inside the 20-yard line ... booted a career-best 73-yard punt (tied for 10th-longest in school history) during a home victory over FIU ... tallied a season-high 362 yards on eight punts for a season-best 45.2 average, including three 50+ yard kicks, at North Texas.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Played one year of varsity football at Steinbrenner HS ... earned All-Area honors, finishing 7-of-10 on field goals with a long of 40 yards ... coached by Andres Perez ... also played soccer in high school ... member of the National Honor Society with a 4.6 prep GPA.
PERSONAL: Full name is Michael Evan Ruggles ... parents are John and Jackie Ruggles ... has one brother ... born in Tampa, Fla. ... undeclared major.