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Chris L. Rucker
Chris L. Rucker

Hometown:
Warren, Ohio

High School:
Warren G. Harding

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Position:
CB

Experience:
4L


Bio in PDF Format | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010
Feature: Standing Up for the Defense


CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner played in 42 career games, including 34 starts at cornerback . . . career numbers included 191 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 25 passes defended (six interceptions, 19 pass break-ups) . . . his 19 pass break-ups are tied for 18th most in MSU history.

2010 SEASON (SENIOR): Appeared in 11 games, including 10 starts at cornerback . . . ranked fifth on the team with 64 tackles, including 3.5 for losses (20 yards) . . . named to the All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and was an honorable selection by the media . . . also a second-team All-Big Ten pick by Rivals.com . . . ranked eighth in the Big Ten in passes defended (0.82 pg; 9 total) . . . tied for third on the team with seven pass break-ups . . . tied for sixth in the Big Ten with two forced fumbles . . . broke up a career-high three passes, forced a fumble, and tallied five tackles in win at Penn State . . . his interception in the fourth quarter sparked MSU's 15-point comeback in the 35-31 win over Purdue; also had seven tackles against the Boilermakers . . . collected seven tackles, including a half tackle for loss, against Minnesota . . . did not play against Illinois and Northwestern due to suspension for violating team rules . . . returned from suspension at No. 18 Iowa, recording two tackles . . . recorded an interception in the fourth quarter and also had three tackles in victory at No. 18 Michigan; had three total interceptions in his career against the Wolverines . . . tallied seven tackles and a pass break-up in win over No. 11 Wisconsin; named a game captain against the Badgers . . . tied for team lead with six tackles against Northern Colorado . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week for his excellent all-around game in the overtime win vs. Notre Dame, recording a career-high 12 tackles while also tying his career high with two pass break-ups; also had one tackle for loss (1 yard) and forced a fumble against the Irish . . . recorded five tackles, including one for an 11-yard loss, in the win over Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . compiled seven tackles, including one for an 8-yard loss, and a pass break-up in the season opener against Western Michigan.

2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by the league's coaches and media . . . started 11 games at boundary corner in 2009 . . . recorded 58 tackles and led team with seven pass break-ups . . . ranked third on the team in production points (140) . . . made seven stops against Penn State, including a 12-yard sack . . . on the first play from scrimmage at Purdue, scooped up a Boilermaker fumble and ran it back 11 yards for his first career touchdown . . . also had five tackles and a pass break-up in the game . . . collected six tackles and a pass break-up at Minnesota . . . racked up seven tackles and a pass break-up vs. Iowa . . . changed the course of the Northwestern game, forcing a fumble in the third quarter in Spartan territory that led to MSU's first touchdown . . . also had five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, against the Wildcats . . . produced two pass break-ups and two tackles at Illinois . . . in the win over Michigan, made an interception in the end zone in overtime . . . also recorded three tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, against the Wolverines . . . compiled five tackles at Wisconsin . . . collected five tackles and a pass break-up at Notre Dame . . . recorded seven tackles and a pass break-up against Central Michigan.

2008 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the league's coaches and media . . . appeared in 11 games, including nine starting assignments at boundary corner . . . tied for second on the team with two interceptions . . . finished seventh on the team in tackles with 45 (31 solos, 14 assists), including four for losses (18 yards) . . . also recorded four pass break-ups . . . compiled three tackles in the 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia . . . his fourth-quarter interception at Michigan set up MSU's final touchdown in a 35-21 victory . . . also registered three solo stops and a pass break-up against the Wolverines . . . credited with five tackles vs. Ohio State . . . made seven tackles vs. Iowa, including 1.5 for losses (6 yards), and intercepted a pass on MSU's 3-yard line to halt a potential scoring drive in the second quarter . . . played a solid game at Indiana, recording four solo tackles and two pass break-ups while forcing a fumble that MSU recovered in the fourth quarter . . . registered a career-high nine tackles vs. Notre Dame, including 1.5 for losses (9 yards) . . . selected Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after holding Florida Atlantic's leading receiver Cortez Gent, who came into the game averaging 5.5 catches and 102.5 receiving yards, without a reception . . . tallied seven tackles in season opener at California, including one for a 3-yard loss.

2007 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Saw action in eight games as a true freshman, including four starts at field corner . . . sidelined for the last five games of the regular season after undergoing eye surgery to repair two detached retinas . . . recorded 24 tackles, including 15 solos and nine assists . . . made three stops vs. Indiana . . . matched his season-high with six tackles vs. Northwestern, including five solos . . . also credited with a pass break-up against the Wildcats . . . accounted for three stops each in back-to-back road games at Notre Dame and Wisconsin . . . produced a season-best six tackles in his first collegiate start vs. Pittsburgh . . . intercepted a pass in his collegiate debut vs. UAB that set up a second-quarter field goal.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the June 2007 (Ohio-Pennsylvania) Big 33 Football Classic . . . ranked among the nation's top cornerbacks by Rivals.com (No. 48) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 35) and Scout.com (No. 40) . . . three-year starter for Coach Thom McDaniels at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio . . . earned Northeast Inland All-District honors (first team) in 2006 . . . had 35 receptions for 521 yards (14.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded four interceptions and six pass break-ups in 2006 . . . returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score in the Region I, Division I title game vs. Mentor . . . caught five passes for 76 yards and a TD vs. Wilson . . . his 74-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter vs. Akron Buchtel gave the Raiders a 20-13 victory . . . had two TD catches and an interception vs. Cleveland JFK . . . son of Hank and Gloria Powell . . . born Oct. 12, 1988 . . . majoring in sociology.

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 12, vs. Notre Dame (9/18/10)
Tackles for Loss: 1.5, twice (last vs. Iowa, 10/4/08)
Interceptions: 1, six times (last vs. Purdue, 11/20/10)
Pass Break-ups: 3, vs. Penn State (11/27/10)

RUCKER'S CAREER STATISTICS

SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2007................ 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2008................ 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2009................ 12 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.5 2010................ 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 42 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.1 INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2007................ 8 1 10 0 7 10.0 1.2 2008................ 11 2 4 0 3 2.0 0.4 2009................ 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2010................ 11 2 20 0 20 10.0 1.8 TOTAL............... 42 6 34 0 20 5.7 0.8

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2007................ 8 0 0 0 0 10 10 1.2 2008................ 11 0 0 0 0 4 4 0.4 2009................ 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2010................ 11 0 0 0 0 20 20 1.8 TOTAL............... 42 0 0 0 0 34 34 0.8

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2007................ 8 15 9 24 0.0-0 2 0 0 0 2008................ 11 31 14 45 4.0-18 6 1 0 0 2009................ 12 37 21 58 3.0-17 8 2 1 0 2010................ 11 39 25 64 3.5-20 9 2 0 0 TOTAL............... 42 122 69 191 10.5-55 25 5 1 0

SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2007................ 8 0 0 0.0 0 2008................ 11 0 2 1.0 11 2009................ 12 1 0 1.0 12 2010................ 11 0 0 0.0 0 TOTAL............... 42 1 2 2.0 23