1  Giavanni Ruffin
Giavanni Ruffin


Virginia Beach, Va.

Last College:
College of the Sequoias

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 215

Running Back


Enjoyed a solid initial season debut in the Pirate program after transferring from junior college ... A tough and physical runner, whose leg drive and field vision resulted in significant yards after contact ... Participated in the first four spring workouts under new coaching staff before missing the remainder of the workouts because of an indefinite suspension announced March 29 ... Absence prevented post-spring inclusion on the offensive depth chart, but is expected to contribute once reinstated.

2009: Experienced action in 13 of 14 games (Marshall), finishing third among all rushers with 308 yards and second with five ground scores ... Carried seven times for 16 yards in ECU debut against Appalachian State during the season opener ... Made first career reception (six yards) against UCF ... Season-long catch went for eight yards against Rice ... Found the endzone for the first time at SMU with a two-yard plunge near the end of the third quarter ... TD against the Mustangs was the first of three-straight scoring games (seven-yarder vs. Rice, 19-yarder vs. Memphis) ... Returned only kickoff of the season at SMU for nine yards and also added a career-high two receptions for seven yards vs. the Mustangs ... Ran for a team second-best 230 yards in the final seven games of the season ... Recorded career highs in rushes (14) and yards (87) at Memphis ... Scored two touchdowns to help ECU to the 38-32 victory over Houston in the Conference USA Championship game ... Longest carry of the season was a 20-yard touchdown burst in the fourth quarter against the Cougars ... Ended the campaign picking up 44 yards on 13 carries against Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Overall, converted seven of 12 rushing attempts on third down into firsts and picked up 24 rushing first downs ... Was effective on second-and-short plays, producing 10 first downs on 12 carries.

Junior College: Rushed for 463 yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries (6.1 ypr) as a sophomore in a four-Division I running back rotation for coach Curtis Allen at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. ... Also posted 201 receiving yards and a TD on 18 catches out of the backfield for the Falcons ... Averaged 153.6 ground yards per game as a freshman at West Hills Community College in Coalinga, Calif. ... Rushed for 768 yards and 11 TDs in limited action (five contests).

High School: A one-year football letterman and senior year team captain at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Va. ... Helped Hawks to a victory against Oscar Smith High School, a program which earned a rating as the Tidewater area's "team-of-the-decade" ... Did not play competitive football in high school until senior year ... Also earned letters in track and basketball.

Personal: Full name is Giavanni Ruffin, but prefers to go by Gee ... Born July 7, 1988 at Albany, New York ... Son of Rebecca Hawley and Dorzier Ruffin ... Major is communications with a minor in business ... Chose ECU over South Florida ... Lists former ECU running back and current Tennessee Titan Chris Johnson as favorite all-time Pirate player ... Also a fan of Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson ... Cites mother and grandparents as most influential sources during career.