Meekins Named National Defensive POW

The Walter Camp Football Foundation named Rutgers senior defensive tackle Ramel Meekins (Westwood, N.J.) its Division 1-A National Defensive Player of the Week for games ending October 14.

Meekins, from his defensive tackle position, recorded a career-high 12 tackles, posted two sacks and forced three fumbles in No. 24 Rutgers 34-0 shutout victory at Navy last Saturday.

It marked the second time this season a Rutgers player has been named National Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Sophomore tailback Ray Rice earned the award after 202 yards and three touchdowns in the season-opening win at North Carolina.

The Rutgers defense held Navy (ranked 20th nationally at 435 yards per game) to just 161 total yards, marking the Mids' lowest offensive total since an 82-yard performance against UConn on Nov. 16, 2002. The Scarlet Knight defense limited the nation's No. 1 rushing offense (averaging 350 yards per game) to just 113 yards. RU held the Mids' to their lowest ground total since Nov. 16, 2002 when they were limited to 35 yards rushing against UConn.

It marked the first time since 1992 Rutgers has recorded two shutouts in a season and also marked the first time since 2002 Navy was shutout.

Meekins and the Scarlet Knights return to action Saturday, Oct. 21 at Pittsburgh. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and the game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN2.

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