|Title:||Class of 2016|
A repeat All-Freedom Football first team performer, Kevin Ranucci racked up 116 tackles, including 73 unassisted and 6 for loss, with 13 interceptions and 20 pass breakups for the Engineers.
The 1995 team co-captain (preseason All-America) totaled 36 tackles, including three for-loss, in addition to a pair of picks, pass breakups, and forced fumbles en route to Freedom Football and New England Football Writers Division II/III accolades.
As a junior, Kevin was heralded by the league and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He also earned ECAC weekly honors and a coveted Gold Helmet for his performance against Coast Guard. He hauled in half of his interceptions (7) that year and recorded a career-best 39 stops and two sacks.
“Kevin came to WPI with natural ability and great speed,” remembers former head coach and current Monmouth offensive coordinator Kevin Morris. “He left WPI with a legacy of not only how to play the game but also how to prepare himself to play at the highest level.”
He did his job in the classroom, as well, earning Freedom Football Academic All-Conference accolades as a junior and as a senior.
He collected second team All-Freedom Football honors for the repeat conference champions as a sophomore for his 28 tackles, four interceptions, seven pass breakups, and a blocked kick. He added two more blocks as a junior and amassed over 500 kick return yards in his final two campaigns. He also logged three tackles for the 1992 Freedom Football Champions and NCAA participants as a freshman.
“Kevin was an indispensable player during his WPI football career,” continues Morris. “His career was highlighted by big plays and hard work. He was a great player, a great teammate, and a joy to have in the program.”
“He was an exceptional athlete who often drew the toughest assignment week to week in covering the opposition’s best offensive player,” remembers Hall of Fame teammate Brian Learned. “What set Kevin apart was that he was also an extremely intelligent football player. The unique combination of great instincts, high football intelligence, and tremendous athleticism made Kevin a premier player during his tenure at WPI."
A native of Warwick, R.I., Kevin graduated from WPI in 1996 with a degree in mechanical engineering. His MQP included the design and development of a disposable medical device that was used to removecryoprotectant from frozen red blood cells via hollow-fiber filter technology. He currently is a principal engineer in the medical device organization for Sanofi Aventis, a multinational pharmaceutical company in Cambridge. His primary job responsibility includes providing technical leadership to product development teams during the design and development of novel drug delivery devices. He and wife, Stacey, live in Warwick, R.I. with their children, David, Caroline, and Daniel.
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