Probably one of the best ideas former Akron U football coach Gordon Larson ever had was switching Dan Ruff from offensive halfback to split end during Ruff's sophomore season, 1968. Ruff went on to become Akron U's all-time leading pass receiver and still hold 10 school records. In '68, he caught 52 passes for 1,041 yards and 11 TDs - all school records - as he helped the Zips reach the Grantland Rice Bowl, the school's first post-season appearance. Ruff was named a Little All-American in 1968 and '69. He completed his career with 127 receptions for 2,531 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Akron U Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.