Teel adds to Watch List Honors

Fifth year senior Mike Teel concluded the 2007 campaign with 20 touchdown passes, the most in Rutgers single-season history. This past week, Teel was named, alongside 30 other DI-A QBs, to the Watch List of the Davey O'Brien Award. Teel has also been named to the Watch List for the Johnny Unitas Award Golden Arm Award, one of 26 senior QBs from around the nation vying for the award.

Mike Teel has started every game as signal-caller of the Scarlet Knights for the past pair of seasons, despite playing riddled with a variety of injuries during his redshirt Junior season. Teel threw for a record-setting 20 touchdown passes, the most in Rutgers single-season history, last season, while also finishing second in RU single-season history in passing yardage with 3,147.

Teel orchestrated an offense that was the first in NCAA history to achieve the following benchmark: a 3,000-yard passer, a 2,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers, all in the same season.

Teel was most recently named to the Watch List for the 2008 Davey O'Brien Award, honoring the nation's best quarterback for the 2008 football season. This upcoming season's winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN, being held on December 11.

In addition to this award, Teel is also on the Watch List for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback and presented by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. The award's namesake is in honor of Johny Unitas, who played his collegiate football at the University of Louisville (1951-1954), and his pro career with the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers.

Teel, who will be completing his final season at Rutgers starting in the fall of 2008, has thrown for 5,965 yards during his collegiate career thus far, and will have the core of his receiving group back, in Sr. Tiquan Underwood, and Jrs. Kenny Britt, and Tim "Duce" Brown.


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