BOONTON — The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) football team recently presented its year-end awards and numerous student-athletes were recognized after helping the Engineers to one of its most successful seasons ever. Student-athlete Rick Denboske of Boonton and a 2018 graduate of DePaul Catholic High School has been selected for a post-season team award in football.
The co-Offensive Rookie of the Year, Denboske, a right guard, helped Rensselaer average 145.1 rushing yards, 214.7 passing yards and 27.0 points. The Engineers were first in the league in rushing offense, scored at least 40 points three times and had more than 500 yards of offense in two games.
RPI registered 10 victories – the second most in a single season in school history; a Liberty League title – its second straight; and qualification into the NCAA Playoffs for the second consecutive year – for the first time in school history. Rensselaer advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time ever, finished nationally-ranked in both the D3football.com Poll (11th) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Poll (12th) and was named the ECAC Division III Team of the Year.
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s oldest technological research university. For nearly two centuries, the Institute has been a driving force behind breakthroughs in engineering and science in virtually every arena-from transportation and infrastructure to business, medicine, outer space, and cyberspace.
As it approaches its bicentennial anniversary, the Institute continues to define The New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for teaching, learning, and research that uses advanced technologies to enable fresh collaborations across disciplines, sectors, and regions, in order to answer the global challenges of our day.