PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Four members of the Rutgers football team are among a group of 42 student-athletes named to the 2004 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team, the league announced today.
Heading the Rutgers contingent is senior center Ray Pilch, who was one of just four BIG EAST student-athletes named to the team for the fourth consecutive year. Pilch, of Piscataway, NJ, was also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America (District II) during his career as a Scarlet Knight.
Also earning BIG EAST All-Academic honors were fullback Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY), defensive end Ryan Neill (Wayne Hills, NJ) and safety Brandon Wood (Pompton Plains, NJ). Leonard and Neill are two of nine players who earned All-BIG EAST honors on the field in the fall also made the academic squad
The All-Academic Team recognizes letterwinners who have posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Student-athletes who have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work and earned a letter are eligible. It is the 13th consecutive season the BIG EAST has honored its student-athletes with an academic team.
2004 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team -- Rutgers University
Brian Leonard Junior RB Labor Studies Gouverneur, N.Y.
Ryan Neill Senior DE Communication Wayne Hills, N.J.
Ray Pilch Senior C Criminal Justice Piscataway, N.J.
Brandon Wood Junior S Exercise Science Pompton Plains, N.J.