PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three members of the Rutgers football team – fullback Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY), tight end Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ) and offensive guard John Glass (Allentown, PA) – were recognized among the nation’s best at their respective positions by The Sporting News in its 2005 college football preview magazine.
Leonard, a two-year starter for the Scarlet Knights, was rated the nation’s third-best fullback by The Sporting News. He carried the ball 199 times for 732 yards and seven touchdowns in 2004, and also caught 61 passes for 518 yards and two scores. Leonard surpassed the 100-yard mark in all-purpose yards in all 10 games he played in last season, running his consecutive game streak to 18. An All-BIG EAST First Team pick, Leonard led the conference in all-purpose yardage (125.0/game), and was first nationally among running backs in both catches and receiving yards.
Harris, a John Mackey Award candidate last season, was rated the No. 12 tight end in the country by the national publication. He caught 53 passes for 725 yards and five touchdowns in 2004, leading all BIG EAST tight ends in those three categories. He also ranked second nationally among tight ends in both catches and yards, and registered three, 100-yard receiving games, including a nine-catch, 116-yard effort at Navy on Nov. 20.
Glass was rated the 17th-best offensive guard by The Sporting News after earning All-BIG EAST Second Team honors in 2005. Glass has started all 23 games over the past two seasons at right guard and has helped the Scarlet Knights assemble two of its best offensive seasons ever. In 2005, he anchored an offensive line that ranked first in the BIG EAST and sixth nationally in passing (310.5 yards/game) and set a Rutgers single-season record for passing yards (3,416) for the second-straight year. In 2004, Glass started all 12 games, helping Rutgers amass 4,423 yards of total offense, the second-highest output in program history.
The Scarlet Knights, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Greg Schiano, open the 2005 season on Saturday, September 3, when they travel to the University of Illinois. Their first home game of the 2005 season will be on Saturday, September 10 vs. Villanova, at Rutgers Stadium.