Three Scarlet Knights Awarded BE Honors

For the second consecutive week members of the Rutgers Football Scarlet Knights were awarded Big East Conference recognition. Ray Rice, Joe Radigan, and Ron Girault all earned Conference Honors.

True freshman RB Raymell Rice burst on to the national scene this past weekend by racking up 217 yards on the ground, enough to place his achievement as fourth on the all-time highest single game total in Rutgers history.

For his efforts Ray Rice was named Big East Co-Offensive Player of The Week in a contest that saw the Scarlet Knights come from behind and defeat Connecticut, 26-24.

Rice's outburst, on 27 carries, was also the second highest total in the Conference this year.

"That's a great accomplishment," stated Rice in reference to his reception of the Weekly Honor.

"I just think that once you start going through practice and start to get the flow and start to work hard that Saturday should be just about execution."

Sr. Specialist Joe Radigan was named Special Teams Player of The Week, the third time a member of the Scarlet Knights has received this recognition this year (Willie Foster has been a recipient twice).

On 7 punts, Radigan averaged 41.0 yards per punt, and his fourth quarter efforts helped pin the Connecticut Huskies deep in their territory three times. Radigan pinned the Huskies inside their 20-yard line four times in the fourth quarter -- three times inside the 10-yard line, including his final kick which forced Uconn to start from their 8-yard line.

So. DB Ron Girault earned a spot on the Big East Honor Roll by leading the Scarlet Knight's with six tackles and a pass break-up. Girault's interception of a Dennis Brown pass with 11 seconds left in the game sealed the Rutgers victory.

The Scarlet Knights (5-2, 3-1) are off to their best overall start since 1991 and are next in action this upcoming Saturday when they host Navy (4-2) at 3:30 p.m.

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