Bo Ruud was born the son of Tom Ruud and the late Jaime Rudd on Sept. 2, 1984... Was a standout at Lincoln Southeast, and was Nebraska's earliest ever commitment, pledging his intention in June of 2001, 20 months before 2003 signing day... Helped the Knights to two Class A state titles... Was a two-way star, playing running back and linebacker... Had 70 total tackles, including 51 solo stops, as a senior... Rushed for 1,385 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught four passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns... Name the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star's Super-State team and was a first-team pick as a running back... The Omaha World-Herald named him to its All-Nebraska team as a linebacker and made him the honorary captain on the defense... Was the sixth member of the Ruud clan to play football for Nebraska along with his brother, Barrett, father Tom, two uncles and great grandfather... Tom Ruud played in the NFL for five seasons and Barrett Ruud is currently a linebacker for Tampa Bay... Was a business administration major at Nebraska and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in December of 2007.
Bo Ruud was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
In 46 games at Nebraska, Ruud started 33 contests... Registered 216 tackles (117 solo) with 4.5 sacks for minus-43 yards, 25 stops for losses of 84 yards and 16 quarterback pressures... Caused six fumble and recovered two others, returning two for a total of 53 yards... Deflected 13 passes and intercepted five others for 208 yards in returns, including three touchdowns... His three interceptions for touchdowns tied a school record... First-Team All-Big 12 in 2006... Three-Time Honorable-Mention All-Big 12. 2007 (Senior): Finished the year tied for fifth on the team with 54 tackles, including 28 solo stops... Also added four tackles for loss and caused a pair of fumbles... Returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown to ignite the comeback win over Ball State... Also had a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown... Recipient of Nebraska's Guy Chamberlin Trophy. 2006 (Junior): Tied for fourth on the team with 65 tackles and was seventh on the team with seven tackles for loss... Had two sacks and was one of only two Huskers with at least two interceptions. 2005 (Sophomore): Started the final 10 games of the regular season, finishing with 80 total tackles to rank third on the team and was tied for third on the squad with 14 tackles for loss totaling 44 yards. 2004 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games and finished with 17 total tackles, including 12 solo stops, and added two quarterback pressures against Baylor. 2003 (Redshirt): Suited up for several games but ultimately redshirted in his first year.
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Ruud was a standout at Lincoln Southeast, and was Nebraska's earliest ever commitment, pledging his intention in June of 2001, 20 months before 2003 signing day. He had a standout prep career, helping the Knights to two Class A state titles. He was a two-way star, playing running back and linebacker. Ruud rushed for 1,385 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught four passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Ruud scored four touchdowns in a state semifinal win over Kearney and scored the Knights’ only touchdown in a 7-6 title game victory over Millard North. He had 70 total tackles, including 51 solo stops, as a senior. Ruud was named the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super-State team and was a first-team pick as a running back. The Omaha World-Herald named him to its All-Nebraska team as a linebacker and made him the honorary captain on the defense.
Ruud made 49 tackles as a junior, and rushed for nearly 450 yards and scored six touchdowns. Ruud also starred on Southeast’s basketball team, which finished as the 2003 Class A state runner-up. He was a two-time honorable-mention all-state pick and earned academic all-state honors, and was a National Honor Society member.