PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers safety Courtney Greene was named to the Football Writers Association of America and Scripps Freshman All-America Team, it was announced today at the FWAA’s annual awards breakfast in Los Angeles.
Greene, who earned a starting spot in the defensive backfield during pre-season camp, started all 12 games for the Scarlet Knights. Greene finished the 2005 season with a team-high 116 tackles (second in the BIG EAST), including 68 solo stops. He also contributed 5.5 tackles for loss, resulting in losses totaling 35 yards, including 2.0 sacks (for minus 25 yards).
Greene, of New Rochelle, NY, posted double-digit stops in eight of Rutgers’ 12 games this season. He opened the season (and his collegiate career) with 11 tackles and a forced fumble at Illinois, and concluded his initial campaign with 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and two pass break ups, in the Insight Bowl against Arizona State. He had a season-best 14 stops with a forced fumble, which led to a Rutgers score, in 31-21 victory over Navy on Oct. 29, giving the Scarlet Knights their sixth win and making them bowl eligible.
In December, Greene was named First Team Freshman All-America by College Football News, Second Team Freshman All-America by Rivals.com, and Third Team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News.
The FWAA Freshman All-America Team is selected by a group of writers led by FWAA vice-president Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, a member of the Scripps chain. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team