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Ten Scarlet Knights Named Preseason All-BIG EAST by Athlon
Rutgers leads conference with most Athlon preseason honorees
  • Posted on June 26, 2012 10:27:25 AM
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    Khaseem Greene earned Co-BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2011 after leading the league with 141 tackles.
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 25, 2012) – Ten Rutgers football players were selected to Preseason All-BIG EAST First, Second and Third Teams by Athlon Magazine on Tuesday. The recognized Scarlet Knights, the largest group for any conference team, included senior LB Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.), sophomore OL Kaleb Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.), junior CB Logan Ryan (Berlin, N.J.) and senior DT Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) as First Team selections.

    Greene earned Co-BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2011 after leading the league with 141 tackles, including 14.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. Johnson was among the top true freshman offensive linemen in the country, receiving Freshman All-America accolades from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Rivals.com and Phil Steele. Ryan finished his first season as a starting cornerback as one of the top at the position in the BIG EAST, recording 67 tackles, three interceptions and 14 pass breakups to earn All-BIG EAST Second Team recognition. Vallone, a three-year starter in the defensive trenches, has started a conference-best 38 games in his career.

    Rutgers’ Second Team honorees included sophomore RB Jawan Jamison (Starke, Fla.), sophomore WR Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.), senior LB Steve Beauharnais (Saddle Brook, N.J.), senior S Duron Harmon (Magnolia, Del.) and junior WR Jeremy Deering (Tampa, Fla.).

    Jamison totaled 897 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in his first season in the backfield. An constant deep threat, Coleman snagged 17 catches for 552 yards and six scores last season. Beauharnais, one of RU’s most experienced defenders, has started 15 straight games and a total of 29 in his career. Harmon ranked second in the BIG EAST with five interceptions last season. Deering was the top kick returner in the conference and one of the best in the country in 2011, averaging 31.2 yards per return to lead the BIG EAST and rank sixth nationally.

    Senior OT R.J. Dill (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was picked to the Third Team. The Maryland graduate started 33 games in his three-year stint as a Terrapin.

    The Scarlet Knights open their 2012 campaign at Tulane on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. RU opens its home schedule at High Point Solutions Stadium with Howard on Sept. 8  at 3:30 p.m. on SNY/ESPN3.


    Athlon's 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

    First Team Offense
    QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
    RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
    RB Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
    WR Sterling Griffin, South Florida
    WR Alec Lemon, Syracuse
    TE Ryan Griffin, Connecticut
    C Mario Benavides, Louisville
    OL Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
    OL Adam Masters, Connecticut
    OL Mark Popek, South Florida
    OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse

    First Team Defense
    DL Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
    DL Ryne Giddins, South Florida
    DL Scott Vallone, Rutgers
    DL Trevardo Williams, Connecticut
    LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
    LB DeDe Lattimore, South Florida
    LB Sio Moore, Connecticut
    CB Adrian Bushell, Louisville
    CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
    S Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh
    S Hakeem Smith, Louisville

    First-Team Specialists
    K Maikon Bonani, South Florida
    P Pat O'Donnell, Cincinnati
    KR Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati
    PR Nick Williams, Connecticut

    Second Team Offense
    QB B.J. Daniels, South Florida
    RB Matt Brown, Temple
    RB Jawan Jamison, Rutgers
    WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
    WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
    TE Hubie Graham, Pittsburgh
    C Ryan Turnley, Pittsburgh
    OL Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati
    OL Zack Chibane, Syracuse
    OL Chris Jacobson, Pittsburgh
    OL John Miller, Louisville

    Second Team Defense
    DL Dan Giordano, Cincinnati
    DL Jesse Joseph, Connecticut
    DL Marcus Smith, Louisville
    DL Walter Stewart, Cincinnati
    LB Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers
    LB Preston Brown, Louisville
    LB Marquis Spruill, Syracuse
    CB Kayvon Webster, South Florida
    CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
    S Drew Frey, Cincinnati
    S Duron Harmon, Rutgers

    Second Team Specialists
    K Ross Krautman, Syracuse
    P Brandon McManus, Temple
    KR Jeremy Deering, Rutgers
    PR Matt Brown, Temple

    Third Team Offense
    QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
    RB Dominique Brown, Louisville
    RB Demetris Murray, South Florida
    WR Anthony McClung, Cincinnati
    WR Devin Street, Pittsburgh
    TE Evan Landi, South Florida
    C Macky MacPherson, Syracuse
    OL Danous Estenor, South Florida
    OL R.J. Dill, Rutgers
    OL Quinterrius Eatmon, South Florida
    OL Martin Wallace, Temple

    Third Team Defense
    DL Levi Brown, Temple
    DL Deon Goggins, Syracuse
    DL Roy Philon, Louisville
    DL Elkino Watson, South Florida
    LB Sam Barrington, South Florida
    LB Maalik Bomar, Cincinnati
    LB Jory Johnson, Connecticut
    CB Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut
    CB K'Waun Williams, Pittsburgh
    S Jon Lejiste, South Florida
    S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

    Third Team Specialists
    K Kevin Harper, Pittsburgh
    P Cole Wagner, Connecticut
    KR Nick Williams, Connecticut
    PR Ronald Jones, Pittsburgh

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