PHILADELPHIA Five University of Pennsylvania football players were selected to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Teammore than any other school. Senior Tyson Maugle, junior Kyle Derham, and sophomores Josh Powers, Luis Ruffolo and Andrew Samson were the Penn honorees. The Academic All-Area team, compiled of players from Divisions I, II, and III, is voted on by the sports information offices of the 28 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Maugle, a team captain for the Quakers in 2008, led a Penn defense that finished the season ranked sixth in the nation. The pre-med major finished the season fifth on the team in tackles with 42, despite missing two games to injury. In his final season, the Duncansville, Pa., native was also second on the team in tackles for loss and sacks, and was second in the Ivy League in forced fumbles.
Derham, a finance major, led Penn in receiving in 2008. He was tops on the team in catches (29), yards (404), and yards per catch (13.9). The Charlotte, N.C., native and former high school quarterback also threw two passes for the Quakers this season and completed them both.
Powers was a mainstay in the defensive backfield that ranked number one in the Ivy League in passing defense and total defense. The Fishers, Ind., native was second on the team with three interceptions. Powers maintains a G.P.A. of over 3.50 at Penn’s prestigious Wharton School of Business.
Samson is also in the Wharton School of Business and also had a stellar year on the field. The placekicker broke two school records this season. Two kickers had accomplished 15 made field goals in a season on three occasions in Penn’s football lore, but Samson was the first to exceed that number with 16 in 2008. He also has an active streak of 49-consecutive made extra-points. The old Quaker record was 48, held by Peter Veldman from 2000-01.
Ruffolo, a student of Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences, started the first five games for the Quakers prior to being sidelined with an injury. Behind Ruffolo, Penn had two separate 100-yard rushers in the first half of the season and ranked within the top-10 in the country in fewest sacks allowed prior to the Webster, N.Y., native’s departure from the lineup.
This year’s Academic All-Area football team includes players from nine different schools, with seven schools having more than one player chosen. The team also includes four repeat selections from a year ago. Behind Penn’s area-leading five team members, Villanova and Widener each had four members of the team.
To be eligible for the Academic All-Area honor, the student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of a 3.0 or better and must display a level of excellence on the playing field.
2008 PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ACADEMIC ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM
Student-Athlete School Cl. Major (G.P.A.) Hometown
Angelo Babbaro Villanova So. Economics (3.65) Canfield, Ohio
Mike Barone Rowan Jr. Biological Sciences (3.51) Hammonton, N.J.
Izzy Bauta Villanova Sr. MBA Program (3.33) Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jake Brownell Temple Jr. Biology (3.52) Thorofare, N.J.
Darnell Burton Cheyney So. Accounting (3.63) Philadelphia, Pa.
Mike Chambers Widener Sr. Sports Management (3.28) Media, Pa.
Kyle Derham Penn Jr. Finance (3.29) Charlotte, N.C.
Tyler Downes West Chester Sr. Kinesiology (3.38) Laurel, Del.
Joe Favinger Widener So. Nursing (3.32) Mohnton, Pa.
Josh Fredricks Widener So. Economics (3.74) Hammonton, N.J.
Joe Galie Ursinus So. Classics/Anso (3.87) Phoenixville, Pa.
Salah Hawkins Widener Jr. Criminal Justice (3.83) Wilmington, Del.
Tyson Maugle Penn Sr. Biological Basis of Behavior (3.31) Duncansville, Pa.
Osayi Osunde Villanova Jr. Psychology (3.29) Bloomsburg, Pa.
Josh Powers Penn So. Wharton School of Business (3.52) Fishers, Ind.
Greg Rissinger Delaware Valley Sr. Secondary Education (3.85) Chalfont, Pa.
Luis Ruffolo Penn So. College of Arts and Sciences (3.35) Webster, N.Y.
Andrew Samson Penn So. Wharton School of Business (3.12) West Bloomfield, Mich.
Rob Shedlosky Delaware Valley Sr. Secondary Education (3.25) Bridgewater, N.J.
Andrew Smith Rowan Jr. Radio/Television/Film (3.24) Howell, N.J.
Ralph Stambaugh Delaware Valley Sr. Criminal Justice (3.52) Westminster, Md.
Ronald “Bo” Thompson Cheyney Jr. Criminal Justice (3.12) Dover, Del.
Josh Weiss Rowan Jr. Accounting (3.60) Glassboro, N.J.
Chris Whitney Villanova So. Business (3.41) Warminster, Pa.
Mark Worrilow Ursinus Jr. Exercise and Sport Science (3.33) Wilmington, Del.
Performer of the Year: Ralph Stambaugh, Delaware Valley