FRISCO, Texas - Stephen F. Austin redshirt freshman kicker Storm Ruiz has been named the Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, announced this morning by the league office. It is the first conference accolade for Ruiz and the first for SFA in the 2016 season.
Playing in his home debut against West Alabama Saturday night, Ruiz was perfect in kicks on the night for the Lumberjacks, going three-for-three in both field goal and extra point attempts and finishing with 12 points for SFA. Ruiz opened up the game with a career-long 44-yard field goal, then connected on field goals of 32 and 30 yards while hitting all three of his PATs, helping provide the point differential to lead the Lumberjacks past the Tigers 30-24.
Through two games of his Lumberjack career, the redshirt freshman from League City remains perfect on kicks on the year, hitting all four of his field goal attempts and is 5-for-5 on extra points. Ruiz opened up his career with a 43-yards field goal at Texas Tech in the season opener, putting the first points on the board for the Lumberjacks in 2016.
Ruiz was joined by Central Arkansas quarterback Dallas Sealy (offensive) and Nicholls defensive lineman Kenny Dotson (defensive) as the conference's Players of the Week for week two. SFA defensive end John Franklin earned honorable mention recognition for his efforts in the Lumberjacks' win over West Alabama as well as Ruiz becomes the first Player of the Week from SFA since Zach Conque earned offensive honors on November 16, 2015.
Ruiz and the rest of the Lumberjacks are now preparing to open up Southland Conference play this weekend, traveling to Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a showdown against reigning conference champion McNeese. Kickoff at Cowboy Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the game airing on the American Sports Network.