Chris D. Rucker
Fifteen former Spartans, including 10 seniors and two juniors from the 2011 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.
Football Media Center: Georgia
B.J. Cunningham named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Football Media Center: Indiana
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterman had two catches for 29 yards in 16 career games . . . primarily saw action on special teams.
2011 SEASON (SENIOR): Appeared in five games (Florida Atlantic, Central Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Georgia), primarily on special teams, to earn his third letter . . . presented the Doug Weaver Oil Can Award as team humorist for the second straight season . . . returned to wide receiver in 2011 after spending the 2010 season as a back-up cornerback . . . had 10 catches for 164 yards (16.4 avg.) in three spring scrimmages . . . caught three passes for 68 yards in the April 30 spring game, including a 39-yard strike from Kirk Cousins . . . had three receptions for 70 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown grab from Andrew Maxwell, in the second spring scrimmage.
2010 SEASON (JUNIOR): Presented the Doug Weaver Oil Can Award as team humorist . . . did not see game action in 2010 . . . selected Scout Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Michigan . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame.
2009 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in seven games . . . had two catches for 29 yards . . . hauled in an 8-yard grab at Wisconsin . . . recorded his first career reception with a 21-yard gain in the season opener vs. Montana State.
2008 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . saw action at flanker in four games in 2008 (vs. Eastern Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue) . . . caught three passes for 90 yards, including TD receptions of 55 and 29 yards, in the 2008 spring game.
2007 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2007 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (East-West) All-Star Game . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's top 25 seniors by the Scout.com (No. 20), Lansing State Journal (No. 21), The Detroit News (No. 24) and Detroit Free Press (No. 24) . . . earned all-state honors from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . . . two-time Dream Team selection by The Oakland Press . . . named All-Metro North by The Detroit News . . . three-year starter for Coach Dan MacLean at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Mich. . . . selected the team's Offensive MVP each of the last two seasons . . . rushed 62 times for 640 yards (10.3 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior . . . carried seven times for 145 yards and two scores vs. Monroe . . . scored on a 52-yard run vs. Romulus . . . accounted for three TDs vs. Clarenceville . . . had 27 receptions for 514 yards (19.0 avg.) and six TDs in 2006 . . . caught six passes for 128 yards and two TDs vs. Flint Kearsley . . . his 24-yard TD grab with :08 left vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central tied the game and the extra point gave the Yellowjackets a 23-22 victory . . . recorded 60 tackles and two interceptions as a senior, returning one pick for a score . . . posted a career-best 12 solo tackles vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central . . . second-team all-state selection as a junior . . . produced 10 plays resulting in gains of 70 yards or longer during his career . . . scored on two pass plays that covered 99 yards . . . his prep career rushing totals include 81 carries for 976 yards (12.0 avg.) and 10 TDs . . . had 72 career receptions for 1,578 yards (21.9 avg.) and 16 scores . . . registered 153 career tackles and eight interceptions, returning two for TDs . . . also competed in track as a sprinter . . . named to All-State Track Dream Team after winning four gold medals (100, 400, 800 and 1600 relays) in the 2007 Division 3 state championships . . . Division 3 state 100-meter champion in 2006 . . . anchored 4x100 (43.37) and 4x200 (1:27.29) relays that won state titles . . . school record-holder in 100 meters (10.5) . . . participated in basketball as a freshman and sophomore . . . son of Demetrius and Lashawn Rucker . . . born Jan. 10, 1989 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in hospitality business.