PISCATAWAY, NJ - Senior tight end SAM JOHNSON (Midland Park, NJ), sophomore defensive back JASON McCOURTY (Nanuet, NY) and red-shirt freshman offensive lineman KEVIN HASLAM (Mahwah, NJ) have been named recipients of annual awards for their efforts during the Rutgers University football team's Spring Practice 2006.
The award winners were selected by the Rutgers football coaching staff, and were honored today at a halftime ceremony at the annual Scarlet-White Game at Rutgers Stadium.
Johnson was named the recipient of the Frank R. Burns Award, given to the player who has "demonstrated extraordinary mental and physical toughness" during Spring Practice. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Johnson, a graduate of Bergen Catholic High School, played in all 12 games in 2005, and caught nine passes for 76 yards and three TDs. Johnson has appeared in 32 games in three seasons with the Scarlet Knights, with 17 receptions for 160 yards and five touchdowns.
McCourty earned the Douglas A. Smith Second Effort Award, given to the defensive player "who through determination, dedication and hard work has shown the most improvement during the off-season and Spring Practice." The 5-11, 175-pound McCourty appeared in nine games in the Scarlet Knights’ 2005 season, including the Insight Bowl. He was an All-State and All-Parochial choice after an outstanding career at St. Joseph’s High School in Montvale. McCourty’s twin brother, Devin, is also a defensive back on the Rutgers football team.
Haslam earned the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, given to the offensive player "who has shown the most improvement during the off-season and Spring Practice." The 6-7, 290-pound Haslam, a graduate of Mahwah High School was a red-shirt in the 2005 season after an outstanding career in high school, including an appearance as a member of the New Jersey team in the 2005 Governor’s Bowl.