PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 26, 2014) – Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood announced the spring football award winners for the Scarlet Knights Saturday at halftime of the annual Scarlet and White spring football game. Rising senior defensive end David Milewski (Sayreville, N.J.) won the Frank R. Burns Award, given to the player who displays extraordinary mental and physical toughness during spring practice.
Rising sophomore wide receiver Janarion Grant (Trilby, Fla.) was the recipient of the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, given to the Most Improved Offensive Player. Rising redshirt freshman linebacker T.J. Taylor (Kendall Park, N.J.) earned the Douglas A. Smith Award for his efforts as the Most Improved Defensive Player.
Thompson played in all 13 games last season, including one start at defensive end. The former Sayreville High School standout ended the 2013 campaign with 34 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack. He also recovered two fumbles and broke up apass last season. In his first career start in 2013 against Cincinnati, Milewski finished with a career-high seven tackles.
Grant enjoyed a sensational true freshman season in 2013 as one of the most electrifying special teams players in the nation. The Florida product returned the opening kickoff of the year 100 yards for a touchdown at Fresno State, the first time he touched the football on the collegiate level. Grant led RU with 517 kickreturn yards and 156 punt return yards, including a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Arkansas victory. He earned second team all-conference honors as a returner, the first true freshman to earn all-conference accolades since Tosh Riddick in 1998. Grant earned team co-Special Teams MVP honors following the season.
Taylor showed plenty of promise redshirting as a true freshman last year. The former South Brunswick High School standout has been one of the team’s top players all spring at linebacker for the Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knights begin the 2014 season in Seattleagainst Washington State at the home field of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field.
Forty-four letterwinners and 16 starters return for the Scarlet Knights in their inaugural Big Ten campaign in 2014. Season tickets are available by calling the Rutgers Ticket Office at 1-866-445-GORU or visiting ScarletKnights.com.
2014 Rutgers Football Schedule
Aug. 28 at Washington State (in Seattle, Wash.)
Sept. 6 Howard
Sept. 13 Penn State * (BTN) – 8 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Navy
Sept. 27 Tulane
Oct. 4 Michigan * (BTN) – 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Ohio State *
Oct. 25 at Nebraska *
Nov. 1 Wisconsin *
Nov. 15 Indiana *
Nov. 22 at Michigan State *
Nov. 29 at Maryland *
* Denotes Big Ten game