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Khaseem Greene Selected in Fourth Round of NFL Draft by Chicago
All-America LB, Two-Time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Third RU Draftee
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  • Khaseem Greene

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 27, 2013) – Rutgers senior All-America linebacker Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft Saturday by the Chicago Bears. Greene was selected with the 117th pick of the NFL Draft.

    Greene is the third Scarlet Knight drafted, joining third round draft picks Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon of the New England Patriots.

    Greene finished his career as perhaps the most decorated defensive player in school history. He is the first two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year at Rutgers and just the second in league history.

    During his All-America season, Greene finished with 136 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions and 12 tackles-for-loss to lead the nation’s No. 4 scoring defense.

    Khaseem Greene Bio

    2012: Earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors after earning a share of the award in 2011, becoming the second player in conference history to win to claim the honor in consecutive seasons (Corey Moore - Virginia Tech, 1998, 1999) … started all 13 games, making 136 tackles, including 12 for loss … notched six sacks and two interceptions … forced six fumbles … Associated Press All-America Third Team … unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection at linebacker … selected to ESPN.com’s All-BIG EAST Team … honored on CBSSports.com’s All-BIG EAST Team …  selected as a Third Team All-American by CBSSports.com … recognized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as a Second Team All-American … second team All-America by Phil Steele … named to the AT&T ESPN All-America team … honored with the Homer Hazel Trophy (Team MVP) at Rutgers banquet … named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Oct. 29, which recognizes college football’s most outstanding defensive player … selected as a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team …  won the Maxwell Club’s Brian Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year … selected as a 2012 team captain by his teammates … invited to the Senior Bowl … picked up where he left off from his stellar 2011 campaign, leading RU with 14 tackles in the season-opening 24-12 win at Tulane (9/1) … brought in 10 tackles in the 26-0 victory over Howard (9/8), also notching 1.0 sack for seven yards lost and one pass breakup … fifth-straight game with double-digit tackles with 10 stops (nine solo) in the 23-13 win at USF (9/13), tying his career-best with 2.0 tackles-for-loss … with seven tackles in the 35-26 win at Arkansas (9/22), he secured 10th place in RU history with 292 career tackles … finished with eight tackles in the 19-3 win vs. Connecticut (10/6) to move into ninth place in RU history with 300 career tackles, the ninth Scarlet Knight in program history to reach the 300 tackle-mark … snatched his first interception since his move to linebacker during spring drills in 2011 against the Huskies, returning it 33 yards … career day with 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and his second interception in as many games in the 23-15 victory over Syracuse (10/13) and was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week … efforts against the Orange earned him recognition as the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and the Chuck Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week … earned a helmet sticker and was named National Defensive Player of the Day by ESPN’s College GameDay Final for his efforts against Syracuse … scored first defensive touchdown since high school at Elizabeth HS with a fourth quarter fumble recovery for a 20-yard return in the 35-10 win at Temple (10/20) … scooped and scored off DL Jamil Merrell’s sack-fumble for the final score of the game …  seven tackles in the Kent State game (10/27), along with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … career-best 22 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup in the 28-7 win vs. Army (11/11) … forced fumble brought his season total to six, which leads the nation … led team with 11 tackles in the 10-3 win at Cincinnati (11/17), including career highs in tackles-for-loss (3.5) and sacks (2.0), to move into sixth on the school’s career tackles list with 358 … second-leading RU tackler in the Pitt game (11/24), making eight stops, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss … tied for team-lead with 10 tackles in the Louisville game (11/29), the seventh time in 2012 he totaled double-digit tackles … totaled a team-high 11 tackles in the Russell Athletic Bowl (12/28), recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter … selected as a Preseason All-America Fourth Team member by Phil Steele … named to Preseason All-BIG EAST First Teams by Athlon and Phil Steele … selected as a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team … finishes fifth in school history with 376 career tackles.

    2011: Recorded one of the best defensive seasons in school history en route to BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors … 12th nationally and led the BIG EAST in tackles ... 141 tackles ranked fifth in RU single-season history ... took to the role of outside linebacker naturally after switching from safety in spring practice … notched 13 tackles, including nine in the first half, at UNC (9/10) … led team in tackles with 11 stops, including eight solo, in 19-16 double overtime win at Syracuse (10/1) … recorded the team-lead in tackles with 11 stops in the 34-10 win vs. Pitt (10/8), including a career-high 2.0 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks … named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performance in the 21-20 win vs. Navy (10/15), in which he led the team in tackles for the third-straight week with a career-high 14 stops, including 0.5 tackle-for-loss … career-high 17 tackles in the 20-17 overtime victory over USF (Nov. 5), also notching 1.5 tackles-for-loss … output against the Bulls was the most tackles by a Scarlet Knight since Antonio Lowery totaled 19 tackles in 2010 againstArmy …  notched a team-leading 14 tackles, including 3.0 tackles-for-loss, in the 27-13 win over Iowa State (12/30) in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl.

    2010: Started all 12 games at free safety … fourth on the squad with 77 tackles … led team with three interceptions and also broke up three passes … forced four fumbles … career-best 10 tackles against Army (10/16) … matched his career-high tackle total of 10 (all solo) with a tackle for loss and an interception at Cincinnati (11/20).

    2009: Saw action in all 13 games with 33 tackles and tied for team lead with two interceptions ... also recorded two sacks … season-high seven tackles vs. Texas Southern (10/10) ... recorded first career interception vs. FIU (9/19) ... intercepted a pass in the end zone vs. USF (11/12) ... recorded first career sack vs. Pittsburgh (10/16) ... faced his brother (Pitt RB Ray Graham) in the contest and recorded a third-quarter tackle against Graham.

    2008: Did not see game action.

    Prior to Rutgers: Standoutsafety at Elizabeth High School for coach Chet Parlavecchio … played one year of football at Avon Old Farms following his high school career … finished season with five interceptions and posted 315 yards receiving … Star-Ledger Third-Team All-State in 2006 at Elizabeth … part of an 11-1 Minutemen squad that won the New Jersey North II, Group IV State Championship in 2006 … Star-Ledger All-Union First Team selection at outside linebacker after totaling 117 tackles, including 68 solo stops, and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns in 2006 … born 2/4/89 …  a Labor Studies major.

    TACKLES          G         UA         A        Total      TFL       Yds       PD        FF         FR       Blkd
    2009              13        22        11        33        2.0        14         2          0          2          0
    2010              12        45        32        77        2.5         4          6          4          0          0
    2011              13        74        67       141      14.0       49         1          2          0          0
    2012              13        70        66       136      12.0       52         7          6          3          0
    TOTAL             51       211      176      387      30.5      119       16        12         5          0
     
    SACKS             G         UA         A        Total      Yds
    2009              13         2          0         2.0        14
    2010              12         0          0         0.0         0
    2011              13         2          3         3.5        31
    2012              13         5          2         6.0        41
    TOTAL             51         9          5        11.5       86
     
    INTERCEPTIONS G         No.       Yds       TD        Lg      Avg/R   Avg/G
    2009                          13         2         32         0         32       16.0      2.5
    2010                          12         3         27         0         14        9.0       2.2
    2011                          13         0          0          0          0         0.0       0.0
    2012                          13         2         58         0         33       29.0      4.5
    TOTAL                           51        7          117      0          33        16.7     2.3
     

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