PISCATAWAY, NJ – Redshirt freshman running back Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week today, for his efforts in Rutgers’ season-ending, 24-7 win over Syracuse on Saturday at Rutgers Stadium. Leonard is the sixth Rutgers player to earn a weekly award from the conference this season – the most since 1995.
Miami's D.J. Williams and West Virginia's Adam Jones share defensive honors, while the Mountaineers' Lance Frazier was chosen as Special Teams Player of the Week.
Leonard led Rutgers in both rushing (138 yards on 37 carries) and receiving (6 catches, 45 yards) as the Scarlet Knights ended their season with a win for the first time since 1992. Leonard finished the game with 183 all-purpose yards, the fifth-straight game in which he surpassed the 100-yard mark in all-purpose yardage and the eighth time in 12 games during the 2003 campaign.
Leonard finished the season as RU's leader in rushing yards (880) and in receptions (53, for 488 yards), amassing 1,368 all-purpose yards. He also scored one TD vs. Syracuse, giving him 14 on the season.
He was the first player since Dennis Thomas (2000) to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in all-purpose yards, averaging 114.0 per game. His 1,368 yards rank sixth on the Rutgers single-season list, while his 86 points (14 TDs, 1 two-point conversion) rank fifth. He produced the most points in a season since JJ Jennings scored 128 in 1973, while his 880 rushing yards are the most since Terrell Willis ran for 1,080 in 1994.