Radigan Honored as BIG EAST STs POW

Senior punter Joe Radigan (Hoboken, N.J.) was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The Scarlet Knights shutout Illinois 33-0 this past Saturday to open the season 2-0.

Sophomore running back Ray Rice (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was also recognized by the league on Monday, earning a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.

Radigan was recognized after averaging 50.5 yards on his four punts, while dropping two punts inside Illinois' 20-yard line. His best punt of the day traveled a school-record 78 yards, pinning Illinois on its four-yard line in the first quarter. The Illini were then forced to punt near their goal line on the following series and Manny Collins (Plainfield, N.J.) blocked the punt and teammate Derrick Roberson (Oakland Park, Fla.) scooped it up in the end zone for Rutgers' first touchdown of the contest. The 78-yarder ranks as the third longest punt in BIG EAST history.

Monday marked the second time Radigan, who has started 37 straight games, was recognized by the BIG EAST. He was also named the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 24 of last season after dropping four punts inside the 20-yard line in the fourth quarter against Connecticut to help Rutgers to a come-from-behind victory over the Huskies.

Rice rushed for 108 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown in Saturday's victory. Monday marked the second time in as many weeks Rice was honored by the BIG EAST after earning Co-BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week laurels a week ago.

Rutgers hosts Ohio University this Saturday in its Homecoming game at 3:30 p.m. at Rutgers Stadium.

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