PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three seniors who helped lead the Rutgers football team to a berth in the 2005 Insight Bowl have agreed to free agent deals with NFL teams today.
Defensive end Ryan Neill, a two-time All-BIG EAST selection and MVP of the 2005 Scarlet Knights, signed with the Buffalo Bills. Another two-time All-BIG EAST choice, wide receiver Tres Moses, signed with the Baltimore Ravens, while fellow receiver Chris Baker signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
A fierce pass rusher from his defensive end position, Neill was second in the BIG EAST with 21.5 tackles for loss (8th among all NCAA Division I-A players), and tied for second in the BIG EAST with 10.0 sacks, in 2005. He earned All-America recognition from SI.com, and was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented annually to the top defensive end in the country. The 6-3, 265-pound Neill also earned Academic All-America (District 2) honors, and was named to the BIG EAST’s All-Academic Football Team. Neill also excelled as the Scarlet Knights’ long-snapper.
“I’m excited to be going to Buffalo -- I think it’s a real good situation for me,” said Neill. “I’ve already spoken to the ‘d-line’ coach a couple of times today.”
The 5-10, 191-pound Moses finished his stellar career at Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leading receiver with 192 catches for 2,522 yards. As a senior, Moses, who was on the Biletikoff Watch List throughout the 2005 campaign, averaged 16.8 yards per catch on 45 receptions. As a junior, he set a BIG EAST single season record for catches per game (7.36), which ranked seventh nationally. Moses hauled in 81 passes for 1,056 yards in 2004. The versatile Moses was also an outstanding return man for the Scarlet Knights.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the Ravens,” Moses said. “I’m looking forward to going down there, and going to work.”
The 6-5, 210-pound Baker caught a career-high 28 passes for 388 yards as a junior. He finished his career with 43 catches for 511 yards and four touchdowns.
“Just having this opportunity is exciting for me. It’s all football right now, and it doesn’t matter if you’re the first pick or the last guy signed,” said Baker. “I just want to go out there and be consistent, and show them that I can play football.”
All three will report to their respective teams’ mini-camps in early May.