PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 9, 2012) – Senior All-America linebacker Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) was awarded the Homer Hazel Trophy as Rutgers’ Football Most Valuable Player at the program’s 74th annual awards banquet, held Sunday evening at the Hilton in East Brunswick. The awards banquet was sponsored by the Rutgers Football Touchdown Club in conjunction with the Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Greene was a unanimous All-BIG EAST selection on defense as the conference defensive player of the year in 2012. After earning share of the award in 2011, Greene won the award outright in 2012 after finishing the regular season with 125 tackles and six forced fumbles to lead the nation’s No. 4 ranked scoring defense. The Elizabeth native is fifth in school history with 376 career tackles and is the fourth Scarlet Knight to earn a spot on the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team.
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison (Starke, Fla.) was named the team’s offensive Most Valuable Player after becoming the third player since 1975 to rush for 1,000 yards for the Scarlet Knights. An ALL-BIG EAST second team selection, Jamison rushed for 1,054 yards and four touchdowns on 242 attempts. Jamison’s yardage total ranks 10th in RU single-season history.
The Scarlet Knights also honored their Most Valuable Player on defense as senior linebacker Steve Beauharnais (Saddle Brook, N.J.) won the award. One of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker. The senior captain finished with 76 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss for the nation’s No. 14 total defense. He has 268 career tackles and 35 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks over his four years “On the Banks.” Beauharnais has played in 50 straight games with 40 consecutive starts.
Senior safety Wayne Warren (Salisbury, Md.) was named Rutgers’ Special Teams MVP. Warren blocked one kick and was all over the field on special teams for the Scarlet Knights in 2012. The Marylander also showed the knack for big plays on defense, totaling 21 tackles and two interceptions this season, including running back one interception for a touchdown in the win over UConn.
Senior offensive tackle R.J. Dill (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) received the David Bender Trophies, awarded to the top offensive and defensive linemen on the team. Vallone was a 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team selection as the senior has started 51 consecutive games for the Scarlet Knights. He played at a high level the entire season and finished with career-best stats across the board in tackles (50) and a team-high 12.0 tackles for loss.
Dill joined the team in January for his final season of college football and was the glue to an offensive line that finished fourth in the country in sacks allowed and produced Rutgers’ third 1,000-yard rusher since 1975. Dill started all 12 games at right tackle.
Senior cornerback Mason Robinson (Somerville, N.J.) was presented with the Iron Knight Award. The Iron Knight Award is presented to the player who has demonstrated an exceptionally high level of mental and physical toughness throughout his career. Robinson returned for his sixth season with the Scarlet Knights after two ACL injuries forced him to miss two years earlier in his career. A team captain, Robinson has played running back, cornerback, safety and has been a stalwart on special teams as a punt and kick returner.
Senior defensive end Ka’Lial Glaud (Sicklerville, N.J.) took home the Paul Robeson Award, which is presented annually to the "individual whose performance, leadership and dedication on and off the field during his career has had the greatest impact on Rutgers Football". Glaud, a one-time linebacker for Rutgers, blossomed as the team’s starting defensive end in 2012. The South Jersey native was a leader on and off the field, finishing the year with 34 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and a career-best 3.0 sacks. He also forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and delivered one of the hits of the year against Syracuse.
This year's recipient of the Loyal Knight Award, honoring the player whose character and dedication have proved resilient in his pursuit of excellence, was senior defensive end Marvin Booker (Piscataway, N.J.). Booker has lined up at both linebacker and defensive end over his four-year career while recovering from two significant knee injuries. As a senior, Booker played the best football of his career, recording 21 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss as a mainstay on the defensive line at defensive end.
Senior tight end Beau Bachety (Babylon, N.Y.) was presented with the Most Improved Scholar award. Bachety had the biggest improvement in term GPA on the team between the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters.
The team’s Scholar-Athlete Award was given to senior free safety Duron Harmon (Magnolia, Del.). The award is given annually to the letterwinner who has the highest academic average and has demonstrated outstanding football ability. Harmon was Rutgers’ nomination for the Draddy Trophy, known around the nation as the Academic Heisman. Harmon has excelled in the classroom, compiling a 3.4 cumulative GPA as a Labor studies major. He has earned All-BIG EAST honors two times on the field and in the classroom.
The Axe Player of the Year was given to junior cornerback Logan Ryan (Berlin, N.J.). An All-BIG EAST first team selection, Ryan was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Ryan currently ranks first in the conference and tied for eighth nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.50 per game. He additionally ranks second on the team with 87 tackles.
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.) and senior cornerback Marcus Cooper (Bloomfield, Conn.) were recipients of the Swarm and Finish Award. The award is given to the player who exemplifies the type of consistent effort and intensity in best representing the Rutgers’ mantra to swarm and finish.
Coleman finished his first year as a full-time starter by tying the school record for single-season touchdown receptions with 10. He leads RU in receiving yards (663) and yards per reception (17.0) in 2012. In just 25 career games, Coleman has found the end zone 16 times in his two-year career.
Cooper was as steady of a performer as they come in the back end of the Rutgers defense over his career. After spending one year at wide receiver, Cooper blossomed into a key contributor on defense, finishing the year with 37 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 3 pass breakups and a blocked field goal. He has appeared in 43 career games with 83 career tackles.
Rutgers finishes the 2012 season with its seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Kickoff between Rutgers and Virginia Tech is set for Friday, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. from the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Rutgers fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets through Rutgers for the best seating options available for the game. Tickets for the Russell Athletic Bowl are available online (http://RutgersBowl.com), by phone (1-866-455-GORU) and in-person at the Rutgers Ticket Office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.). Ticket prices range from $72-77.
74th Annual Touchdown Club Football Awards Banquet Winners
Homer Hazell Trophy – Khaseem Greene
Offensive MVP – Jawan Jamison
Defensive MVP – Steve Beauharnais
Special Teams MVP – Wayne Warren
Scholar-Athlete Award – Duron Harmon
Most Improved Scholar – Beau Bachety
Loyal Knight Award – Marvin Booker
Iron Knight Award – Mason Robinson
David Bender Trophy – R.J. Dill and Scott Vallone
Paul Robeson Award – Ka’Lial Glaud
Axe Player of the Year Award – Logan Ryan
Swarm and Finish Award – Brandon Coleman and Marcus Cooper