PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior WR Willie Foster (Miami, FL) has been named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week while junior FB Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) and freshman DB Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, NY), were named to the league’s weekly honor roll for their efforts in the Scarlet Knights' 37-29 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.
Foster returned a punt 71yards for a TD to stake the Scarlet Knights to a 17-0 first quarter lead vs. the Panthers. Foster became the first Scarlet Knight to return a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in the same season since Ken Smith in 1980. Foster's 71-yard punt return in the first quarter was his first punt return for a TD in his career. He has also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, an 80-yarder vs. UConn on Nov. 25, 2004, and a 93-yarder earlier this season vs. Villanova on Sept. 10, 2005. It was the first punt return for a TD for Rutgers since Tres Moses returned a punt 66 yards for a TD vs. Buffalo on August 30, 2003. Foster is averaging 17.0 yards per punt return and 32.0 yards per kickoff return.
Leonard rushed 18 times for 68 yards vs. Pittsburgh, and also caught four passes for 62 yards and two TDs. He finished with 130 all purpose yards, the 18th time in the last 19 games that he has attained 100 all purpose yards. He put Rutgers up 7-0 at the 9:25 mark of the first quarter with a 33-yard TD catch from Ryan Hart and caught his second TD pass of the game, this time an 11-yarder from Hart, with 44 seconds left in the second quarter to give Rutgers a 27-0 halftime lead. Leonard has now caught at least one pass in 26 straight games.
A true freshman, Greene had 8.5 total tackles (eight solos, one assist) to lead Rutgers against Pittsburgh. He had one sack and one tackle for loss for minus 21 yards. Greene presently leads Rutgers with 34.5 tackles for the season, including three tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble.
Rutgers (3-1) returns to action this Saturday, when it hosts 4-1 West Virginia at noon. The game will be televised live locally on the MSG Network and on WB-17 in the Philadelphia market.