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2016 Seattle Seahawks Yearbook

Seattle was the no. 1-ranked rushing attack in the NFL during Seattle’s run to Super Bowl XLIX with a franchise record 2,762 yards on the ground and it set the franchise-record for rushing yards in a single-game with 350 vs. the N.Y. Giants. The Seahawks once again ranked in the top-fi ve in rushing in 2013, averaging 136.8 ypg to rank fourth in the NFL during their Super Bowl XLVIII championship season. Seattle’s 2012 line was led by fi rst-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl center Max Unger and Pro Bowl LT Russell Okung. Seattle’s rushing attack ranked third in the NFL with 2,579 yards led by fi rst-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch set career-highs in carries (315), yards (1,590, 3rd NFL), average gain (5.0, 4th NFL) and most yards from scrimmage (1,786, 4th NFL). He also set the franchise’s highest yards per carry average (11.64, 11 for 128) vs. Arizona (12/9). Assisting 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 Moffi tt, and second-year tackle Okung, the Seahawks line fi nished 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 Lynch’s 285 carries, 1,204 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Lynch also led the league the last-half of the season with 941 yards and nine touchdowns, rushing for 100+ in six of the last nine games and became Seattle’s fi rst 1,000-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander (2005). At the college level 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 fi rst teamer for the third consecutive year (third Trojan to do so), offensive guard Chilo Rachal made the All-Pac-10 fi rst team and center Kristofer O’Dowd was a freshman All-American fi rst teamer. Baker was a fi rst-round NFL draft pick following the 2007 season, while Rachal was a second rounder. In 2006, center Ryan Kalil was an All-American fi rst-team pick and a second-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft. In 2005, Baker and offensive guard Deuce Lutui were All- American fi rst teamers and Kalil was on the All-Pac-10 fi rst 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 advanced to the NFC playoffs both seasons. Prior to that, Ruel worked on the college level for the fi rst 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 full-time 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 (fi rst two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding offensive coordinator duties for his fi nal 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, with the fi rst three seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, then adding assistant head coach to his title the fi nal 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 fi rst 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. BRIAN SCHNEIDER SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 7TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 9TH YEAR Named to his current position on February 4, 2010, Schneider returned to the NFL after one year at USC. Since 2010, his special teams units lead the NFL in touchdowns/ safeties scored (13), rank second in takeaways (14), and third in blocked kicks (15). His teams have scored at least once in each of the last six seasons. Last season, Schneider coached rookie Tyler Lockett to a fi rst-team AP All-Pro season as a return specialist. Lockett became the second player in NFL history (Hall of Famer Gale Sayers) to return a punt and kickoff for touchdowns and have fi ve receiving touchdowns in a single-season. Lockett returned a kickoff 105 yards for a franchise-record and his 1,915 combined yards are the fourth-most in a season in franchise history, and his 139 punt return yards at Arizona set the club record. Kicker Steven Hauschka recorded his fi fth-straight 100-point season and was second in the NFL with a .938 conversion rate, while also posting a streak of 19-consecutive made fi eld goals (third-longest in franchise history). In 2014, Hauschka tied the franchise record converting a 58-yard fi eld goal at Carolina. Punter Jon Ryan was named the ASSISTANT COACHES 57


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