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VooDoo sign QB Buisson, PK Ruffin departs team

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After going through one game without a reserve quarterback, Danny Wimprine and the New Orleans VooDoo will have support in Orlando against the Predators in the season finale Saturday night. Former Rummel and Arkansas-Monticello star Scott Buisson is now an official member of the team.

Buisson, who originally signed a week ago and practiced with the team, finally saw his signing cleared by the league Thursday.

Buisson is the all-time leader in total offense and passing in Arkansas-Monticello history. For his career, Buisson rushed for 3,631 yards and 23 touchdowns and completed 769-of-1,330 passes for 2,065 yards and 74 touchdowns (58%) with 42 interceptions. He was the UAM Most Valuable Player in 2007, 2008 and 2010, setting 17 school records.

Buisson ranks 10th in Division 2 history with 12,514 yards of total offense and 13th with 298 yards of total offense per game. He is one of 25 players to amass 4,000 yards of total offense in a season (4,019 in 2008). He is one of 18 players in D2 history to have 1,000+ rushing yards and 2,000+ passing yards in the same season (2008) under New Orleans native Gwaine Mathews.

At Rummel, Buisson guided the Raiders to the state semifinals in 2006 for coach Jay Roth, completing 66 percent of his passes and rushing for over 1,000 yards in his senior season.

The VooDoo will have a new kicker in Orlando as well. Ridgewood's Jonathan Ruffin, who had a terrific night at Utah with three field goals and making all seven extra point attempts, is out. Ruffin will not make the trip to Orlando. He has been placed on team suspension. Ruffin has a conflict with a new professional job which will not allow him to play against the Predators.

The VooDoo have signed Chris Maraviglia to replace Ruffin. 

Maraviglia is is 39-years old. He has played 12 years in semi-pro football. He started his professional career from 2000-2006 with the Texas Hurricanes. From 2007-2008, he kicked for the Beaumont Drillers. Most recently, Maraviglia has kicked for the Fort Bend Storm of the Gulf Coast Football Association. Maraviglia played college football at Houston from 1990-1993.

 

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