Alumni: Dustin Ross, Ithaca College
2004: Ross earned second-team all-conference and all-region recognition after leading the Bombers in tackles for the second year in a row. He became the first Ithaca junior in 21 years to record 200 career tackles, and the 21st Ithaca player overall to reach that total. He matched a career high with 15 tackles against St. John Fisher; a week later made 12 tackles (with four for loss including two sacks) and forced a fumble in the Lycoming win. Ross scored his first career touchdown in the win over Hartwick, returning an interception 64 yards. He was named Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week after his 11 tackles (three for loss) and fumble recovery helped beat Alfred. He notched 11 tackles against 20th-ranked Springfield. Ross was a repeat selection to the District I All-Academic Team. He was named Ithaca’s Honorary Defensive Captain following the Brockport game and was selected the team’s Outstanding Linemen after the Hartwick and Lycoming wins. 2003: Ross led the Bombers in tackles and received honorable mention to the Empire 8 all-star team. He was also named to the District I All-Academic Team. He recorded six games of at least 10 tackles, including a career-best 15 in the St. John Fisher win. He collected 12 tackles, including his first career sack, in the Hobart win. Ross set up a Bomber touchdown against Utica with his first career interception. His third-quarter fumble recovery against Hobart set up the winning touchdown. He was named the team’s Outstanding Specialist at the postseason banquet after collecting seven tackles in kick coverage and playing on all four special teams units. Ross was named Ithaca’s Outstanding Back after the Springfield game and was selected Honorary Defensive Captain after the St. John Fisher and Hobart wins. 2002: Ross was the only freshman defender to earn a varsity letter. He played in all but one game, making a pair of solo tackles against Hartwick in his first collegiate appearance. Ross made his first career start against Hobart and finished with a career-best 13 tackles. He recorded four tackles, including one for loss, against St. Lawrence. He was named the team’s Outstanding Specialist following that game. Four of his tackles came on kick coverage. High School: At Salamanca High School, Ross was coached by Rich Morton. Personal: A business administration major, he is the son of Charlotte Ross.