Franklin and Rubino Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America

Dec. 1, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Thomas Franklin and junior Alex Rubino passed through a difficult and highly competitive selection process en route to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors as recently announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The selections boosted the football program’s contingent to an Institute-best 27 accolades, while MIT maintains its position as the all-time NCAA Division III leader with 151 honors since 1980.

As a four-year starter at tight end, Franklin developed into an outstanding blocker during his career and helped guide the Engineers to the ninth-best rushing attack in the nation this season. Selected to the Academic All-District Second Team in 2007, Franklin is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Set to graduate with a 5.0 grade point average in Aerospace Engineering, Franklin is a recipient of the Society of Flight Test Engineers Scholarship.

Rubino earned Academic All-America Second Team honors after a season in which he served as MIT’s most disruptive defender. Rubino paced Tech’s defensive corps with 47 solo tackles while ranking fifth among lineman in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) with 63 total stops. He also finished fifth in the league with six sacks and tied for fourth in forced fumbles. A Chemical Engineering major with a 5.0 grade point average, Rubino’s academic achievements include National Dean’s List, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and NEFC All-Academic.

Franklin was one of only two players from District I picked to the College Division First Team. The College Division includes all Division II, III, and NAIA institutions, while District I consists of schools located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec. Only four student-athletes from all of District I were named to the national team.

The Engineers set an Institute record earlier in the fall as seven players were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. In addition to Franklin and Rubino, seniors James Oleinik, Robert Utz, and David Nackoul advanced to the national ballot, as well as junior Will Gibson and sophomore Brian Doyle.