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Perhaps no Nittany Lion better defines the term "team player" than fifth-year senior Mark Rubin. A starter in six games at wide receiver as a true freshman in 2004, Rubin has switched positions and sides of the ball based on the needs of the team. He played wideout and safety in 2006, but since then has played strictly in the secondary and on special teams. A highly skilled and instinctive athlete, he played in every game last season, with five starts, and made an impact for one of the nation's top defenses. Rubin enters 2008 atop the depth chart at one of the safety positions and is poised to have a big year. An intelligent and versatile player, Rubin combines toughness with his physical attributes. He has demonstrated throughout his career that he is a warrior who is willing to put his body on the line in order to be a difference maker. A record-setting wideout and swimmer at Amherst HS, Rubin's skills, work ethic, attitude and versatility again will greatly benefit the squad. One of the squad's most accomplished students, Rubin should be a strong candidate for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors this year. He owned a superlative 3.80 grade-point average through the spring semester and was on schedule to graduate in August with two degrees, in finance and advertising and public relations. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team in 2007 and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Rubin is one of seven returning players from New York.
2007 Senior Season
Playing in every game on defense and special teams, Rubin started the last five contests at safety. He made good progress as the season unfolded and made 32 tackles (17 solo), with one tackle for loss. Rubin was the top backup to safety Tony Davis, but logged substantial playing time while Davis fought through a burner and appendicitis. Rubin recorded five tackles each at Michigan and against Ohio State and had three solo stops in each of the games with Buffalo and Purdue, including a tackle for loss against the Bulls. Rubin tallied a season-high eight tackles in the 24-17 Valero Alamo Bowl victory against Texas A&M, helping hold the Aggies to three points over the final 49 minutes. He was on the field for 540 snaps, led by 87 against Ohio State and 80 against Purdue. Rubin was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year.
2006 Junior Season
Rubin was shifted to safety during spring practice, but in preseason was hobbled by a nagging injury. He made one tackle against Youngstown State, but soon found himself back at wideout. Rubin made one catch for eight yards against Temple, playing a season-high 25 snaps. He earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2005 Sophomore Season
Rubin entered preseason joining Terrell Golden as the Nittany Lions' most experienced receivers. But, Rubin dislocated his ankle in an August practice, an injury that required surgery, ending his season. He was granted a medical redshirt.
2004 Freshman Season
Rubin did not see action in the initial three games of the season. But, in the first quarter of the Big Ten-opener at Wisconsin, quarterbacks Zack Mills and Michael Robinson were knocked out of the game. In need of a spark, the coaching staff asked Rubin to enter the game and he responded by making two catches for 21 yards to start what would be a very productive rookie season. Rubin earned his first start the next week at Minnesota, making a season-high six catches for 60 yards, and started six of the final seven games, seeing action on 407 snaps. Rubin totaled 16 receptions for 187 yards (11.7) for the season, tied for fifth in receptions. He made three catches for 38 yards against Purdue and three grabs for 46 yards in the win at Indiana, including a superb diving catch for a big first down in the 22-18 win.
A four-year starter for Coach Rob Gross at Amherst HS, Rubin finished his career with 167 receptions for 2,488 yards and 34 touchdowns, all Western New York records. As a senior, he pulled in 63 catches for 924 yards and 12 scores. Rubin also played safety and made 128 tackles, three sacks, and nine interceptions during his career. He was a three-time all-state pick, a three-time All-Western New York selection and was a two-time Section VI Class A Offensive Player-of-the-Year. A two-year captain of the football team, Rubin also excelled in swimming and lacrosse. He was a two-time state champion (sprints) and an eight-time All-American in swimming. He also was an all-league lacrosse player.
Full name is Mark Harrison Rubin. He is the son of David and Mary Ellen Rubin. He has an older sister, Rachael, who swam at the University of Buffalo. Rubin graduated from high school with a 3.80 grade-point average. He is a finance major in the Smeal College of Business. Born October 24, 1985 in Buffalo, N.Y.
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