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Pat Ruel
Assistant Offensive Line
College:
University of Miami
Experience:
8

Hired to assist the offensive line on September 6, 2010, Ruel begins his third season in Seattle. He joined the Seahawks after coaching five seasons (2005-09) at USC in the same capacity.

Assisting Tom Cable in 2011, Seattle’s line once ranked as the third-youngest in the NFL, but with injuries to rookie RT James Carpenter and RG John Moffitt, and second-year LT Russell Okung, the Seahawks line finished as the seventh-youngest in the league. Despite that, Cable and Ruel plugged away and maintained a solid unit as Seattle’s line paved the way for Marshawn Lynch’s career-year in carries (285), yards (1,204) and rushing touchdowns (12). Lynch also led the league the lasthalf of the season with 941 yards and nine touchdowns, rushing for 100+ in six of the last nine games and became Seattle’s first 1,000- yard rusher since Shaun Alexander (2005).

Hired to assist the offensive line on September 6, 2010, Ruel begins his third season in Seattle. He joined the Seahawks after coaching five seasons (2005-09) at USC in the same capacity.

Assisting Tom Cable in 2011, Seattle’s line once ranked as the third-youngest in the NFL, but with injuries to rookie RT James Carpenter and RG John Moffitt, and second-year LT Russell Okung, the Seahawks line finished as the seventh-youngest in the league. Despite that, Cable and Ruel plugged away and maintained a solid unit as Seattle’s line paved the way for Marshawn Lynch’s career-year in carries (285), yards (1,204) and rushing touchdowns (12). Lynch also led the league the lasthalf of the season with 941 yards and nine touchdowns, rushing for 100+ in six of the last nine games and became Seattle’s first 1,000- yard rusher since Shaun Alexander (2005).

In 2008, Ruel was picked as one of the country's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com.

In 2007, offensive tackle Sam Baker was named an All-American first teamer for the third consecutive year (third Trojan to do so), offensive guard Chilo Rachal made the All-Pac-10 first team and center Kristofer O'Dowd was a freshman All-American first teamer. Baker was a first-round NFL draft pick following the 2007 season, while Rachal was a second rounder.

In 2006, center Ryan Kalil was an All- American first-team pick (second-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft).

In 2005, Baker and offensive guard Deuce Lutui were All-American first teamers and Kalil was on the All-Pac-10 first team. Lutui and offensive tackle Winston Justice were secondround picks in the 2006 NFL draft, while offensive guard Fred Matua was a seventh rounder.

Ruel spent the 2004 season as an offensive line assistant with the New York Giants after spending the previous four seasons with Buffalo (2003), Green Bay (2001-02) and Detroit (2000). The Packers were in the NFC playoffs both seasons.

Prior to that, Ruel worked on the college level for the first 26 years of his career. His coaching career began in 1973 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Miami. He was promoted to a fulltime assistant handling the offensive line for the Hurricanes for the following three seasons (1974-76).

In 1977, he became the assistant offensive line coach at Arkansas (Pete Carroll was a member of that Razorbacks' staff) before spending four seasons (1978-81) at Washington State (first two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding offensive coordinator duties for his final two seasons).

Ruel was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Texas A&M for the next three years (1982-84), before carrying that role (along with assistant head coach) to Northern Illinois (1985-87).

Ruel served at Kansas from 1988-96. The first three seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, then adding assistant head coach to his title the final years. The Jayhawks played in the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowls.

After spending 1997 in private business, Ruel coached at Michigan State for two years (1998-99), the first year as the offensive line coach and then adding assistant head coach duties in the second season. The Spartans played in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl.

Ruel lettered at offensive guard for Miami in 1971 and 1972 while receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1972. Ruel prepped at Coral Gables High, where he starred in football. He was born on Decem ber 5, 1950. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra. His full name is Golden Pat Ruel. 

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