Ruddy sets Whiteford passing record in win over Loyola


Shea Ruddy’s record setting pass Friday wasn’t even supposed to be a pass.

After his brother Ryin Ruddy intercepted a Detroit Loyola pass at midfield, the Bobcat offense jogged onto the field to lineup. Tight end Kolby Masserant only took a few steps to get into position. When he lined up, the Loyola defense ignored him, leaving him uncovered.

“That was totally a run play,” Shea Ruddy said. “He was out there by himself. I saw it. I looked at Kolby and he looked at me. I just said ‘go.’”

Ruddy snapped the ball and threw the quick out to Masserant, who outraced the Loyola defense to the end zone. The 50-yard touchdown play put Ruddy into first place on Whiteford’s all-time career passing yards chart. He now has 3,542 career passing yards. He passed Thomas Eitniear who had 3,502 yards at Whiteford from 2015-2017.

“I still can’t believe it, really,” Ruddy said. “I never thought I’d break a record like that.”

It was another impressive night for Ruddy. He directed Whiteford to touchdowns on all seven drives that he was on the field for. He completed all four of his passes for 155 yards and ran for a touchdown. Ruddy was making his 34th career start.

“Shea had an unbelievable night,” Whiteford coach Todd Thieken said. “He was on point all night.”

Ruddy has started all but one Bobcat game since game one of his freshman season.

Here’s a look at the all-time career passing yards leaders in Bobcat history:

YardsWhiteford Career Passing yards*
3,542Shea Ruddy
3,502Thomas Eitniear
2,815Gabe LaRoy
1,983Mike Spradling
1,907Dave Gust
1,876Travis Pant
1,835Steve Fowler
1,649John Reditt
1,315Brian Pant
1,312Charlie Butz
1,206Joe Gust
1,163Joe Roberts
1,113Mike Luck
*Through Friday, Sept. 9, 2022

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