PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Twelve members of the Rutgers football team were named to the 2007 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team, the league office announced on Thursday. Rutgers was one of three schools in the BIG EAST to have 10 or more players selected to the team.
Senior offensive tackle Jeremy Zuttah (Edison, N.J.) was one of four players in the BIG EAST who captured first team all-conference and all-academic team honors this past season.
Five Scarlet Knights were named to the All-Academic squad for the second consecutive year, including Mike Gilmartin (Estero, Fla.), Devin McCourty (Nanuet, N.Y.), Jason McCourty (Nanuet, N.Y.), Brandon Renkart (Piscataway, N.J.) and Jamaal Westerman (Brampton, Ontario). Renkart was also the recipient of the Robert A. Simms National Scholar-Athlete Award, presented at the 60th annual National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
In addition, Jeremy Branch (Redlands, Calif.), Jim Dumont (Newtown, Pa.), Jabu Lovelace (Tenafly, N.J.), Ramy Nubani (Upper St. Clair, Pa.), Chris Rudanovic (Sussex, N.J.) and Mike Ziarnowski (Somerville, N.J.) were also named to the All-Academic team.
To be nominated, a player must have a cumulative grade-point index of at least 3.0, have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work, and must have earned a letter during the 2007 season.