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Twenty-Eight Earn BIG EAST Academic Honors
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  • Posted on February 15, 2013 9:48:54 AM
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  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 15, 2013) – Twenty-eight student-athletes from the Rutgers football team were named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team, the conference office announced. The number of honorees is up two from last season.

    Senior Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) finishes his career as a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic team member. The economics major recorded 52 tackles and three sacks in his final season for the Scarlet Knights.

    Earning distinction for the third time were seniors Brandon Jones (Sicklerville, N.J.), Duron Harmon (Magnolia, Del.) and Matt McBride (Hicksville, N.Y.) and junior Logan Ryan (Berlin, N.J.).

    Eleven student-athletes were honored for the second time, including junior Taj Alexander (Downington, Pa.), junior Betim Bujari (Secaucus, N.J.), senior Paul Carrezola (Langhorne, Pa.), junior Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.), junior Chas Dodd (Lyman, S.C.), senior Justin Doerner (Redondo Beach, Calif.), senior Robert Jones (Jamaica, N.Y.), junior David Milewski (Sayreville, N.J.), senior Quron Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.), senior Lorenzo Waters (Coram, N.Y.) and senior Timothy Wright (Wall Township, N.J.).

    A total of 12 were listed for the first time.

    The 207 members selected from across the league were nominated by the respective institutions. To be nominated, a player must have a cumulative grade-point index of at least 3.0 and completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work.

    RUTGERS (28) Pos Cl Hometown Major
    Taj Alexander** OL Jr. Downington, Pa. Undeclared
    Joe Behnke* K Sr. West Windsor, N.J. Cell Biology and Neuroscience
    Nick Borgese* K Fr. Hamburg, N.Y. Undeclared
    Betim Bujari** OL Jr. Secaucus, N.J. Information Technology and Informatics
    Michael Burton* FB Jr. Long Valley, N.J. Communication
    Paul Carrezola** TE Sr. Langhorne, Pa. Communication
    Brandon Coleman** WR Jr. Accokeek, Md. Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    R.J. Dill* OL Sr. Mechanicsburg, Pa. Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    Chas Dodd** QB Jr. Lyman, S.C. Communication
    Justin Doerner** P Sr. Redondo Beach, Calif. Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    Duron Harmon*** DB Sr. Magnolia, Del. Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    Myles Jackson* DE So. West Chester, Pa. Undeclared
    Paul James* RB So. Glassboro, N.J. Undeclared
    Tejay Johnson* DB So. Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Undeclared
    Brandon Jones*** DB Sr. Sicklerville, N.J. Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    Robert Jones** LB Sr. Jamaica, N.Y. Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    Tyler Kroft* TE So. Downington, Pa. Undeclared
    Matt McBride*** OL Sr. Hicksville, N.Y. Criminal Justice
    David Milewski** LB Jr. Sayreville, N.J. Finance
    Quron Pratt** WR Sr. Palmyra, N.J. Sociology
    Mason Robinson* DB Sr. Somerville, N.J. Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    Logan Ryan*** DB Sr. Berlin, N.J. Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    Kevin Snyder* LB So. Mechanicsburg, Pa. Undeclared
    J.T. Tartacoff* DB Jr. Skillman, N.J. Economics
    Scott Vallone**** DL Sr. Central Islip, N.Y. Economics
    Lorenzo Waters** DB Sr. Coram, N.Y. Political Science
    Dallas Whitaker* LB So. Milford, N.J. Undeclared
    Timothy Wright** WR Sr. Wall Township, N.J. Criminal Justice

    * - number of career selections

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