Reliable tight end Gary Ruckman making the most of his unexpected fifth season

BELTON, Texas- Watching Gary Ruckman step up as a team captain and leader in UMHB’s passing game this season, it is hard to believe his college career nearly never occurred. 

starting all seven games. It has been a welcome fifth year for Ruckman, who had anticipated the spring to be his final year with the Cru before the NCAA granted an additional year of eligibility to all D-III athletes. 

thought the spring was going to be the last season I played football,” Ruckman said in a recent interview with True To The Cru. “Having the opportunity to come back this fall and chase after it with the team has been awesome. We’ve been off to a quick start, but I think there’s still a lot of things we want to work on improving with three games left.” 

The spring was not the first time Ruckman had expected his football career to conclude, only to see it reignite…