Joe Rubin, the 2006 Male Amateur Athlete of the Year, had the kind of senior season that most college and high school athletes dream about.
Playing his final year for the Portland State University football team, Joe earned Walter Camp (NCAA) I-AA first team honors after racking up 1,702 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. The rushing total, the third highest among I-AA players during the 2005 season, ranks him second on the Portland State single-season list.
At a powerful 5-11 and 230 pounds, Joe led a Vikings running game that for the second straight season topped the Big Sky Conference in team rushing. In 11 games, only twice did he carry the ball less than 26 times, and only once was he held below 100 yards. His best game was a monster‹47 carries for 356 yards and five touchdowns against Northern Colorado.
Joe came into the 2005 season with high expectations after gaining 825 yards and scoring seven touchdowns in a junior year in which he shared his position with two other players. That performance put him on a select list of 15 players to be considered for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the player voted as the nation¹s top NCAA I-AA player.
Joe finished his career as the Vikings' fourth all-time leading rusher with 2,996 yards, and he ranks sixth in rushing touchdowns with 25. In 19 career starts spanning four seasons he rushed for 2,503 yards.
While at Foss, Joe earned All-Narrows League honors three times, and as a senior earned all-state accolades. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior and for 643 yards in just four games as a senior.
Born on Nov. 23, 1982, Joe is the son of Lee and Bridgette Rubin.