Aztecs Wide Receiver Ezell Ruffin out 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone


San Diego, CA-The San Diego State Aztecs suffered not only a disappointing loss to North Carolina on last Saturday night….but they also suffered the loss of one of their best players, as senior wide receiver and team captain Ezell Ruffin is expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone. 

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Yesterday in an interview with the Scott and BR Show, Head Coach Rocky Long reported that Ezell Ruffin underwent surgery to repair his broken collarbone and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks. There is a chance Ezell Ruffin could return at the end of the season, but with Ruffin being a potential NFL Draft pick you’d have to think the Aztecs will only bring him back if he is 100% recovered. 

Ezell Ruffin appeared to have suffered the injury when he was tackled after catching 59-yard pass from Quinn Kaehler.

Ezell Ruffin was the Aztecs go to receiver on offense, after leading the team as a junior last season with 1,136 receiving yards on 68 receptions and three touchdowns. Ruffin was named to the pre-season Biletnikoff Award watch list and was expected to lead the Aztecs passing attack.

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  • In Ezell Ruffin’s place the Aztecs will turn to sophomore wide receiver Eric Judge, junior wide receiver Larry Clark and sophomore wide receiver Lloyd Mills to carry the Aztecs passing attack. Judge was expected to have a break-out season alongside Ezell Ruffin , but will now be expected to lead the Aztecs receiving corps. 

    According to Tod Leonard of UT-San Diego, Ezell Ruffin seriously pondered leaving school early to go to the NFL and was projected to be a mid-to-late round draft pick, but decided to come back to lead this seasons young group of receivers.

    If Ezell Ruffin is unable to return to the Aztecs this season, he could apply for a medical redshirt for this season and return to play for the Aztecs next season. For Ruffin’s sake I hope he is able to return at the end of the season and help the Aztecs win the Mountain West Conference title, another bowl-game and gets selected in next years NFL Draft. Ruffin is a very dynamic receiving talent and should be playing on Sundays for someone in the NFL next season.