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CAREER STATISTICS

ATHLETIC HONORS:
• 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference (second team)

ACADEMIC HONORS:
• 2014-15 Sun Belt Honor Roll.
• Athletic Director’s Honor’s Roll, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

AT GEORGIA STATE: All-conference performer who developed into one of the nation’s most productive tight ends as a junior but had his senior season cut short by injury ... Career totals of 43 receptions for 516 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games at Georgia State.

Enrolled at Georgia State for the spring 2013 semester after transferring from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. ... Sat out the 2013 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

2015: Had season-ending knee surgery after four games ... Caught four passes for 38 yards in the first four games, when he was severely limited by knee injury ... Had two catches in win at New Mexico State, both for third-down conversions on scoring drives ... Added two catches for 25 yards at Oregon.

Named to the 2015 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List ... Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference by numerous publications, including Athlon, Lindy’s, The Sporting News and Phil Steele ... Rated one of the nation’s top five senior tight end prospects for 2016 NFL Draft by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.

2014: Second-team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List; the first Panther ever named to a watch list for a major college football award ... First-team Midseason All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele ... Georgia State’s fifth-leading receiver with 39 catches for 478 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games ... Top eight in the nation in receptions (3.9 pg) and receiving yards (47.8 pg) by a tight end.

Named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the John Mackey Award after he had a career-best with seven receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns in season-opening win over Abilene Christian, his Georgia State debut ... Caught a 34-yard TD pass in the first quarter, then set up GSU’s next touchdown with a 19-yard catch down to the 2-yard line. In the fourth quarter, he caught a 9-yard touchdown to pull the Panthers within two points with 4:31 left, then on game-winning drive, he had a 12-yard completion on 4th-and-9 from the GSU 24 ... Added six catches for 95 yards against Air Force ... Had seven receptions for 75 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown catch on third down, in 3-point loss at South Alabama and received honorable mention as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.

AT PRESBYTERIAN: Played two seasons at Presbyterian ... In 10 games in 2012, he had eight receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown, along with 13 rushes for 50 yards and one score on the ground ... Played in 11 games as a freshman in 2011, finishing with eight receptions for 100 yards ...

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Camden County High ... Played quarterback for coach Jeff Herron and was part of back-to-back state championship teams in 2008 and 2009 ... Second-team all-region as a junior ... Passed for 652 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 149 yards and two scores as a senior ... Added 379 yards passing with seven touchdowns, along with three rushing touchdowns as a junior ... Earned the team's "Champions in Life" award.

PERSONAL: Full name is Felix Joel Ruiz but goes by Joel, pronounced jo-ELL ... Born March 24, 1993 ... Son of Felix and Lilia Ruiz ... Criminal justice major who earned his degree in December 2015.

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