Mikel Ruder
Mikel Ruder


Lawrence, Kan.

High School:
Free State High

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 280

Defensive End


Fifth-year squad member who enters the season with 22 straight starts, Ruder will anchor the defensive line this fall and move to left end from nose tackle ... Had a sack and 4 total tackles in the Maroon and White Spring Game (4/16/11).

2010: Started all 11 games at nose tackle ... Earned MSU Defensive Player of the Week honors for season-opening win over Eastern Kentucky (9/3/10) with a sack and 2 tackles to his credit ... Blocked a kick at Illinois State (9/25/10) and posted a season-high 6 tackles ... Tallied 5 tackles at Kansas State (9/11/10) ... Had season-best 3 solo stops and 4 total tackles at No. 16 UNI (11/13/10) with his first career kickoff return (1 yard) ... Also tallied 6 tackles at Murray State (10/9/10) ... Had at least 4 tackles in 7-of-11 contests ... Forced a fumble and broke up a pass at South Dakota State (11/6/10).

2009: Started all 11 games at left end ... Finished seventh on the team in total tackles (46) to go with 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and a pair of pass break-ups ...Tied for 20th in the MVFC in sacks ... Named MSU Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week for his role in home win over Indiana State (11/7/09) after a career-high 10 tackles, 5 solo stops and 2.5 sacks ... Had 6 tackles in home win over UT Martin (9/12/09) and against Illinois State (10/31/09) ... Had 5 stops in back-to-back games against UNI (9/26/09) and road win at Youngstown (10/3/09) ... Averaged 6.0 tackles per game over the last 3 contests of the season.

2008: Saw action in all 11 ball games ... Posted 15 total tackles, including career-high 5 stops with 3 solos at UNI (11/8/08) ... Posted 3 assisted tackles against SIU (10/25/08) and finished the year with 2 tackles in each of the final 2 games -- versus North Dakota State (11/15/08) and at Indiana State (11/22/08).

2007: Redshirted as a true freshman at MSU ... Earned MSU Defensive Scout Team POW honors for win at UT Martin (9/6/07).

High School: Three-year starter for Coach Robert Lisher at Free State High in Lawrence, Kan. ... First-team all-state as a senior in 2006 as a two-way lineman ... Claimed all-Sunflower League honors twice ... Collected 77 solo tackles as a senior and 202 in his career ... Selected to play in 2007 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Game.

Personal: Mikel Miller Ruder was born 3/20/88 in Wichita, Kan. ... Son of Greg and Diane Ruder of Lawrence, Kan. ... Has two brothers, Mark and Matthew, and a sister, Arika ... Grandfather William Hougland played on 1952 and 1956 US gold medal basketball squads and 1952 Kansas NCAA champs ... Majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration.

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