Patriots sixth round draft choice, linebacker Bo Ruud, didn't have a lot of fun his final year at Nebraska. The former Cornhusker was part of a woeful defense that ended up getting crushed by other teams in the Big-12 finished dead last in the conference yielding 476.8 yards per game (112th in the nation).
As one Nebraska's veteran linebackers Ruud didn't enjoy those games, especially because big yardage usually meant big losses.
"Sometimes losing teaches you a thing or two," Ruud told the Patriot Ledger. "You never want to learn by losing, but I try to make the best of any situation."
Though Ruud was just the 5th leading tackler on the team, managing 54 tackle compared to Steve Octavien's 92, his impact could not be ignored. He had a nose for the ball, forcing three fumbles and snaring a pair of interceptions as a senior. It wasn't just Ruud's ability to get to the ball, it's what he did with it after. Against Ball State, Ruud's interception return for a 34-yard touchdown helped the Cornhuskers squeeze out a 41-40 victory. The following week his interception return for a 93-yard touchdown against Iowa State led to a 14-point swing -- the final margin of victory in Nebraska's 35-17 win.
At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Ruud has the size to play linebacker in the NFL, likely on passing downs. If he can show he brings some of his nose for the ball, expect to hear crowd cheers much like when linebacker Tedy Bruschi hears his name as "Bruuuuuuu." Only this time, they'll be chanting "Ruuuuuuu."
Ruud has a lot to live up to, his big brother (Barrett) plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both his brother and his father (Tom) played for Nebraska. The father of two NFL football players couldn't be happier that Bo landed in New England.
I have a smile on my face, Tom Ruud told the Journal Star last week.Having two boys in the league at the same time is a really special deal and pretty hard to comprehend because I know how hard it is to get there.
Though Bo is a long shot to make the final roster as a sixth round draft choice, his father is looking forward to seeing him play play against Tampa Bay in the second week of the preseason (Aug 17 on the NFL Network).
Ill be at that one, I can tell you that right now, Tom Ruud said.