PISCATAWAY, NJ – Fullback Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) has been named to the 2004 Pro Football Weekly All-America First Team, it was announced today.
“This is a tremendous honor for Brian, and for Rutgers,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “Brian’s actions on and off the field epitomize the type of program we are building here at Rutgers.”
Leonard, a first team All-BIG EAST selection, played in 10 of 11 games in 2004 and ranked first nationally among running backs in both catches (6.1/game) and receiving yards (51.8/game) while also picking up 732 yards and seven touchdowns on 199 carries as the team’s top rusher. He finished his season second in the BIG EAST in all-purpose yards at 125.1/game, gaining over 100 all-purpose yards in all 10 games, including 150 in the season-opening win vs. Michigan State. He currently has a streak of 15-straight games of 100 or more all-purpose yards dating back to the 2003 season.
Leonard caught at least five passes in eight of 10 games in 2004 and led the Scarlet Knights with nine touchdowns, including four in a come-from-behind win at Vanderbilt on Oct. 9. A Preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, Leonard had 61 catches in 2004, the fourth-most in school history and the highest total by a running back.
Last season, Leonard was a Sporting News Freshman All-America pick when he rushed for 880 yards and nine TD’s and caught 53 passes for 488 yards and five scores. He is the first Rutgers player to be named First Team All-America since tight end Marco Battaglia was a consensus pick in 1995.
The team was selected by Pro Football Weekly personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki, who consulted with NFL talent evaluators to select players based on talent, production and value to their teams. Other qualities such as leadership, resiliency, toughness, competitiveness and character were also considered.
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
QB Alex Smith, Utah, Jr.
FB Brian Leonard, Rutgers, Jr.
RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, Fr.
RB DeAngelo Williams, Memphis, So.
TE Heath Miller, Virginia, Jr.
WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan, Sr.
WR Roddy White, UAB, Sr.
C Jason Brown, North Carolina, Sr.
OG Dan Buenning, Wisconsin, Sr.
OG Chris Kemoeatu, Utah, Sr.
OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia, Jr.
OT Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, Sr.
DE David Pollack, Georgia, Sr.
DE Erasmus James, Wisconsin, Sr.
DT Travis Johnson, Florida State, Sr.
DT Luis Castillo, Northwestern, Sr.
ILB Ahmad Brooks, Virginia, So.
OLB Derrick Johnson, Texas, Sr.
OLB Chad Greenway, Iowa, Jr.
CB Antrel Rolle, Miami (Fla.), Sr.
CB Eric Green, Virginia Tech, Sr.
S Thomas Davis, Georgia, Sr.
FS Jim Leonhard, Wisconsin, Sr.
PK Mike Nugent, Ohio State, Sr.
PR Tedd Ginn Jr., Ohio State, Fr.
KR Ashlan Davis, Tulsa, Jr.
P Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor, So.
Urban Meyer, Utah