PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers safety Courtney Greene and running back Ray Rice have been named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America team, it was announced today.
The 6-1, 180-pound Greene was named to TSN’s Freshman All-America Third Team. He finished the regular season with a team-high 104 total tackles while starting every game. He currently ranks second in the BIG EAST and is tied for 30th nationally in tackles, averaging 9.5 stops per game. Greene also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, resulting in a loss of 31 yards, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of 25 yards.
Greene posted double-digit stops in seven of Rutgers’ 11 games this season, including 11 tackles and a forced fumble in his first collegiate game at Illinois on Sept. 3. He had a season-best 14 stops with a forced fumble, which led to a Rutgers score, in the victory over Navy on Oct. 29, giving the Scarlet Knights their sixth victory of the season. Greene was named to the BIG EAST’s Weekly Honor Roll twice during the regular season (for his performances in the Pittsburgh and Navy games). Earlier in December, Greene was named a First Team Freshman All-American by College Football News, while earning Second-Team honors by Rivals.com and Third-Team laurels by The Sporting News.
Rice was also named to TSN’s Freshman All-America Third Team. Named the starting tailback for the Scarlet Knights in preseason camp, Rice finished the regular season as the fifth-leading true freshman running back in the nation with 1,012 yards, and the eighth player ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season in Rutgers history (and the first ever by a true freshman). Rice concluded the regular season ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing yards per game, averaging better than 92 yards per contest.
Rice earned BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week honors on Oct. 24 following his 27-carry, 217-yard performance (the fourth-highest single-game total in school history) at Connecticut. He was also named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice during the regular season, following his 158-yard performance against South Florida and 195-yard effort, including a pair of touchdowns, against Cincinnati.
The Scarlet Knights, who compiled a 7-4 mark overall and were 4-3 in the BIG EAST Conference in the 2005 regular season, will face Arizona State of the Pac 10 Conference in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 27 at 8:30 p.m. (EST) at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.