5 Scarlet Knights Recognized

Five members of the Rutgers University football team have been named to the Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook's pre-season All-BIG EAST Conference team, announced today. A pair of defensive specialists, a pair or offensive specialists and last year's Big East Special Teams POY have been recognized.

Named to the defensive team were senior defensive tackle Ramel Meekins and sophomore safety Courtney Greene, while senior tight end Clark Harris and senior offensive lineman Cam Stephenson were selected to the offensive team. Senior wide receiver Willie Foster, the BIG EAST's top returner in 2005, was named to the pre-season All-BIG EAST team as a kickoff return specialist.

The 6-0, 280-pound Meekins, from Westwood, was fifth in the BIG EAST in both sacks (9.0) and tackles for loss (15.0) in 2005, and also registered a career-high 63 tackles. The 6-1, 180-pound Greene, from New Rochelle, NY, led the Scarlet Knights with 116 tackles, and was second in the BIG EAST (No. 25 nationally) with 9.7 tackles per game.

The 6-6, 255-pound Harris, from Manhawkin, is a two-time All-BIG EAST selection who returns for his senior campaign with 109 career receptions for 1,523 yards. Stephenson, a 6-5, 305-pound senior from Hawthorne, CA, will return to the offensive line in 2006 after appearing in all 12 games in 2005 on the defensive line. He began his Rutgers career in 2004 on the offensive line. Foster was the BIG EAST's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005, when he became the first Rutgers player since 1980 to return both a kickoff and a punt for a TD in the same season. Foster, of Miami, FL, averaged 24.5 yards per kick return, and 10.9 yards per punt return.

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