PHILADELPHIA - Senior offensive lineman Luis Ruffolo and senior fullback Luke DeLuca of the University of Pennsylvania football team were each honored over the holidays as third-team All-America selections. Ruffolo was selected by The Sports Network (TSN), while DeLuca was named to the Phil Steele Postseason FCS All-America team.
Behind Ruffolo and three other seniors, the Red and Blue offensive line helped Penn lead the Ivy League in total offense, rushing offense, scoring and fewest sacks allowed. Only two teams in the country allowed fewer sacks than Penn's six, and only five teams in the FCS rushed for more yards than Penn's 310.82 yards per game.
DeLuca, who was a second-team
All-Ivy honoree last season, was also a key blocker for the Red and
Blue in addition to 146 rushing yards, 65 receiving yards and four
touchdowns. The Grand Island, N.Y., native finished his career with 12 touchdowns as the Quakers went 8-0 in his career when he ran for a touchdown.
Both Ruffolo and DeLuca received the second All-Ivy honors of their careers when they were selected to the league's first-team following Penn's undefeated championship run. Behind the two offensive All-Americans, No. 13/14 Penn won its final eight games and swept through the Ivy League for its second straight unblemished league title.
Ruffolo was one of just three Ivy players selected by TSN. Dartmouth junior Shawn Abuhoff was named to the first-team defense and Columbia senior tight end Andrew Kennedy was picked to the first-team offense. DeLuca was one of just four Ivy players picked as Princeton senior wide out Trey Peacock was also a member of the third team in addition to the selections of Abuhoff and Kennedy.
Ruffolo and DeLuca finished their careers with two Ivy League championship rings and 17 wins in their last 18 games. That includes a 15-game Ivy League winning streak dating back to 2008 (the longest active conference winning streak in the nation and the third-longest in Ivy history). The two All-Americans were members of the back-to-back undefeated Ivy League champions in 2009 and 2010 - just the third time in the 55-year history of the league that has occurred.