PISCATAWAY, NJ – Seniors Nate Jones and Ray Pilch of the Rutgers football team have been selected to the 2003 Academic All-District II University Division First Team, as selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Jones has started at cornerback for the Scarlet Knights in all nine games in 2003, and is the team’s fourth leading tackler with 53 stops, including 30 solo hits. The 5-10, 180-pound resident of Scotch Plains, NJ, also has two interceptions, has broken up six passes, and has blocked a punt.
Jones, a repeat selection to the Academic All-District II Team, is regarded as one of the top kick returners nationally and has returned 12 kicks for 276 yards, a 23.0 average (No. 6 in the BIG EAST).
For Jones, it is the second significant academic honor he has received in the 2003 season. Just last month it was announced that he was selected as one of 15 student-athletes, and one of just eight from Division I-A, to be named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2003 National Scholar-Athlete class. Jones, a finance major, was named to the national 2002 Academic All-America team and is a two-time All-BIG EAST Academic selection.
Pilch has started at tight end for the Scarlet Knights in eight of nine games this season. Regarded as a punishing blocker, Pilch has also snared eight passes for 161 yards (for a team best 20.1 yards per reception).
Last season, Pilch was selected to the 2002 Academic All-District II Second
Team, and is a two-time All-BIG EAST Academic selection. Pilch, a criminal
major from Piscataway, NJ, has also started at fullback for the Scarlet Knights
after earning a spot on the roster in 2001 as a walk-on.
The 2003 Academic All-District II Team, selected by members of CoSIDA, includes students playing at institutions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Student-athletes named to the district team qualify for the national ballot. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve.