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Four Scarlet Knights Earn ECAC Football Honors
Glass, Harris, Neill and Foster Earn All-Star Recognition
  • Posted on December 21, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers offensive lineman John Glass (Allentown, PA), tight end Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ), defensive end Ryan Neill (Wayne, NJ) and wide receiver/kick returner Willie Foster (Miami, FL) have been named ECAC Division I-A All-Stars, the conference office has announced.

    Glass and Harris were named to the First Team Offense, Neill earned a spot on the First Team Defense and Foster was picked to the First Team Special Teams.

    A fixture on the Scarlet Knight offensive line the past three seasons, Glass anchors an offensive line that has helped produce Rutgers’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 1994 in Ray Rice (1,012 yards). A 2005 first-team all-BIG EAST selection, Glass was integral in Rutgers’ 203-yard rushing and 250-yard passing performance in a 37-29 victory over Pittsburgh Sept. 30. He also played a key role in RU’s season-high 238-yard rushing performance against Connecticut Oct. 22 and helped Rutgers achieve a season-high 574 yards of offense in the rousing 44-9 regular-season finale win against Cincinnati Nov. 26. The 574 yards were the most produced by the Scarlet Knights in a single game since 1993.

    Harris, a preseason member of the Mackey and Rotary/Lombardi Watch Lists, had 32 catches for 499 yards and two touchdowns this season. Harris, who has caught at least one pass in 29 consecutive games, was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team and ranked seventh in the BIG EAST in receiving yards per game (45.4; tops among tight ends) and 10th in the league in receptions per game (2.91). One of four active Scarlet Knights with more than 100 career receptions, Harris had four catches for a season-best 95 yards at Connecticut Oct. 22 and is averaging 15.6 yards per catch.

    Neill was a Lombardi Award and Draddy Award candidate, was a finalist for the Hendricks Award and the Wuerffel Trophy, and was recently named a finalist for the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) Sportsmanship Award. A fifth-year senior, Neill’s 20.5 tackles for loss are tied for fourth nationally. He is also tied for 18th nationally in sacks (0.82), is second in the BIG EAST in TFLs and tied for third in sacks (9.0). A 2005 first-team all-BIG EAST selection, as well as an honorable-mention SI.com All-American, Neill is tied for fifth all time (18.0) and ninth on the school’s single-season list (9.0) for sacks. A tri-captain and the team MVP this season, Neill has started 35 career games. He was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12 following his performance in RU’s 38-6 win over Villanova when he had seven tackles, including a career-high 4.5 TFLs, and a fumble recovery in the win over the Wildcats.

    Foster returned 27 kickoffs for 633 yards (23.4 avg.), including a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Villanova on Sept. 10, which earned him BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week honors. This season’s BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year, as well as a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team, he also returned 15 punts for 164 yards (10.9 avg.), including a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Pittsburgh Sept. 30. Foster is the first Scarlet Knight to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same season since 1980. Foster’s 10.9-yard punt return average is fourth in the BIG EAST and 27th nationally, while his 23.4 kick return average ranks third in the conference and 46th in the country.

    Rutgers, 7-4 overall and 4-3 in BIG EAST play, will face Arizona State (6-5, 4-4 Pac 10) in the Insight Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Chase Field in Phoenix. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. MT), and the game will be shown on ESPN and carried live on the Rutgers Radio Network (WOR 710 AM, WCTC 1450 AM, WRSU 88.7 FM).

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