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    99Ralfs Rusins

    Class: R-Senior Position: DT Height: 6-6 Weight: 325 Previous School: Riga Hansa Secondary School Hometown: Carnikava, Latvia

    2020 (R-Sr.):
    • Started all 11 games at nose guard
    • Ranked seventh on the team in tackles
    • Finished the season with 34 tackles (15 solo, 19 assisted)
    • Also added three tackles for a loss (four yards), one sack (one yard) and a forced fumble
    • Helped Liberty’s defense rank No. 11 in the country in total defense (317.7 yards allowed per game) and No. 22 in scoring defense (20.5 points allowed per game)
    • The Flames also ranked No. 14 in third-down percentage defense (31.9 percent)
    • Opened the year with three tackles (two solo, one assisted) at Western Kentucky
    • Recorded a season-high six stops against FIU (four solo, two assisted)
    • Three tackles, including two assisted, in a road win at Syracuse
    • Finished the Southern Miss game with five tackles, including three solo stops
    • Four tackles (two solo, two assisted) to help Liberty defeat Virginia Tech for the first time in program history
    • Three assisted tackles at NC State
    • Five tackles, including three assisted stops, and a forced fumble against UMass

    2019 (R-Jr.):
    • Started all 13 games at nose guard
    • Had a career year, ranking fourth on the team with 60 tackles (15 solo, 45 assisted)
    • Third on the team in tackles for a loss (6.5) and added 2.0 sacks
    • Opened the season with a career-high nine tackles against No. 22 Syracuse, including a five-yard sack
    • Tied his career high with nine tackles against New Mexico, including 1.5 tackles for a loss
    • Finished with six assisted tackles in a road win at New Mexico State
    • Seven assisted stops at Rutgers
    • Eight stops, including seven assisted tackles, at Virginia
    • Posted four assisted tackles to help Liberty defeat Georgia Southern in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl

    2018 (R-So.):
    • Saw playing time in all 12 games
    • Started at nose guard against Old Dominion and North Texas
    • Finished the season with 13 tackles (four solo, nine assisted)
    • Had a career game against Old Dominion, helping the Flames to the program’s first-ever win at the FBS level with six tackles (one solo, five assisted) and a five-yard sack
    • Four tackles at Army (one solo, three assisted)
    • Two stops at Auburn (one solo, one assisted)

    2017 (R-So.):
    • Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll
    • Saw playing time in four games before missing the second half of the season due to an injury
    • Received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA
    • Finished the season with seven tackles (five solo, two assisted)
    • Recorded two solo stops during Liberty’s season-opening win at Baylor
    • Had two tackles against Morehead State
    • Recorded a solo tackle against Indiana State
    • Tallied two tackles against No. 5 Jacksonville State

    2016 (R-Fr.):
    • Saw playing time in nine games
    • Joined Liberty’s roster following August training camp as a tight end
    • Part of Liberty’s special teams unit
    • Recorded a solo tackle and a forced fumble during Liberty’s season finale No. 16 Coastal Carolina

    2015 (Fr.):
    • Redshirted during the season

    Prep:
    • Graduated from Riga Hansa Secondary School (Rigas Hanzas Vidusskola) in Riga, Latvia
    • Competed for four seasons at Riga Hansa
    • Also played for the Riga Lions

    Personal:
    • Son of Gijs and Vita Rusins
    • Graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science in May 2020
    • Currently pursuing a master’s degree in public relations
    • Birthday is June 20

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