Cameron Ruff receives Selmon Award at USF banquet
Bulls senior C Cameron Ruff, set to graduate next month, won the evening's most prestigious honor at USF's annual "Stampede of Champions" student-athlete awards banquet Monday night at the Sun Dome.
Ruff, who will receive his degree in business management, was presented the Lee Roy Selmon Award, given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of the school's former athletic director and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
All awards were voted on by student-athletes, who annually produce the event on their own each year. Monday's presentations and scripts -- some of which mildly roasted peers and coaches -- also were done by Bulls student-athletes.
A Jesuit alumnus, Ruff started all 13 games last season. Last spring, he was chosen the American Athletic Conference's representative at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Phoenix.
Others honored Monday:
Male Athlete of the Year: QB Quinton Flowers
Female Athlete of the Year: Women's soccer freshman Evelyne Viens (school-record 16 goals)
Team of the Year: Football (school-record 11 wins)
Coaching Staff of the Year: Women's basketball
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nick Buliga (cross country)
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Brittany Raymond (women's soccer)
Most Improved: Maria Jespersen (women's basketball)
Individual Community Service Award: Ashley Wilson (women's track and field)
Team Community Award: Women's tennis
Sportsmanship Award: Women's tennis
Male Newcomer of the Year: TE Mitch Wilcox
Female Newcomer of the Year: Viens
Unsung Hero: Meredith Bissette (softball)
Best Comeback: Men's soccer (began 0-3-2, won conference regular season title)
Moment of the Year: Football (Birmingham Bowl triumph)
Most Spirited: Marcus Wingate (football)
"Stafflete" of the Year (top staffer): Walt Bell (strength and conditioning)
Best Performance Award: Flowers (54-yard TD run vs. UConn)