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Liberty University Anglers Qualify for the Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge at Bienville Plantation

Teammates Rulle, Eppler will face qualifiers from BoatUS championship event

FLIPPIN, ARK. (April 22, 2015) Travis Rulle and Caleb Eppler, collegiate anglers from Liberty University, qualified for the 2015 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge with a second-place finish in the FLW College Fishing National Championship on April 18 at Lake Murray (S.C.), the highest place of finish by a Ranger Cup-qualified team.

Rulle and Eppler also added $1,000 in contingency money from Ranger Cup University to the $5,000 club scholarship second-place prize.

The Liberty University teammates will be matched against the Ranger Cup-qualified team with the highest place of finish in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in a made-for-TV fish off that will be televised nationally on "Americana Outdoors." The fish off will be contested at Florida's renowned Bienville Plantation later this year. Both teams will receive a grand-prize package that includes travel, lodging and meals, as well as the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes from fully rigged Ranger boats.

"Collegiate bass fishing isn't a one-tournament deal. It's a campaign of tournaments that you compete in throughout the year hoping to qualify for extra events like the Team of the Year Challenge or the FLW Cup," Rulle said. "Ranger Cup University program is perfect for college anglers barely scraping by, eating Ramen noodles as we have all had to do at some time, because it gives you the chance to win extra money to fish these events and aligns us with such a great brand."

Modeled after Ranger Cup, the most lucrative contingency rewards in the industry, Ranger Cup University is the first program designed exclusively for collegiate anglers and is open to those fishing in either FLW- or BoatUS-affiliated competitions. Signup is free, regardless of which brand of boat the anglers own. To remain qualified in the program, anglers need only adhere to clothing and logo requirements. As part of the Ranger Cup University program, participants will be able to receive specially discounted tournament gear through Gemini Custom Apparel, with no artwork or set-up fees. Through this partnership, Ranger Cup University anglers can purchase fully customized tournament jerseys for as low as $48.

For complete program guidelines and details on Ranger Cup University, including payout, clothing requirements and informational videos, go online to

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