“I am not ready to end this amazing journey,” Ruffolo wrote on Twitter. “Due to COVID, I have another year of eligibility to play for Coach Stoops. Today, I am announcing that I will accept the challenge to be the placekicker next year. I look forward to helping Kentucky give our great fans the best football team in Wildcat history.
“Run it back.”
In 2021, Ruffolo connected on 10/12 field-goal attempts with a season-long of 45 yards vs. Louisiana Monroe. He finished the year 54/55 on extra-point attempts. Those 54 PATs set a Kentucky single-season record.
During the 2020 season, Ruffolo converted 12/14 field-goal attempts and missed just one extra point. His longest kick was a 50-yarder that came at Missouri.
With Ruffolo back, Kentucky won’t have to worry about kicking for another season, though someone will need to be groomed to take over in 2023.