Nov. 30, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Chris Ruggiero was recently tabbed as a First Team selection on ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America football team following an outstanding season for the Engineers' grid program. Ruggiero's national honor is MIT's second of the fall season and its 130th overall pick since 1980, while the Engineers continue to add to their all-time leading totals for Division III athletics.
Ruggiero is on pace to graduate this spring with a degree in mechanical engineering while carrying a flawless 5.0 grade point average. The 6'3" tight end from Manalapan, N.J., served as one of MIT's top offensive threats this season, leading the Cardinal and Gray in every receiving category including catches, yards, average and touchdowns. Ruggiero also finished the regular slate ranking first among tight ends in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) in catches, yards and touchdowns.
Ruggiero is the 25th player in program history to secure Academic All-America accolades and the first since Tom Kilpatrick in 2004. Men's soccer standout, Ryan Sheffler, also earned Academic All-America honors earlier this year.