NEW YORK, N.Y. – The record-setting 2009 NFL Draft for the Rutgers Football program continued Sunday as four players were selected on the draft’s second day, giving the Scarlet Knights a school-record five draft selections. Quarterback Mike Teel (Oakland, N.J.) and cornerback Jason McCourty (Nanuet, N.Y.) were selected in the sixth round while safety Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (Lawrenceville, N.J.) were picked in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft Sunday.
Teel was taken with the 178th pick by the Seattle Seahawks and is just the second Rutgers quarterback selected in the modern NFL Draft (since 1967). McCourty went with the 203rd pick of the draft to the Tennessee Titans, joining former Scarlet Knight and Titan first-round draft pick Kenny Britt in Nashville.
Greene will join Teel in Seattle as the Seahawks selected the four-year starter with the 245th selection of the draft. Underwood was taken with the 253rd pick by the Jaguars to close out Rutgers’ record day.
“I am happy for Mike, Jason, Courtney and Tiquan as they continue their careers in the NFL,” said Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano. “These young men are outstanding individuals on and off the field and we are excited to watch them play on Sundays. Along with Kenny’s selection Saturday and the anticipated free agent signings, this has been a great weekend for Rutgers.”
Teel, McCourty, Greene and Underwood were captains for the Scarlet Knights in 2008. Teel also served as one of the team captains as a junior in 2007.
In the last three NFL Drafts, 10 Scarlet Knights have been selected, the most in a three-year span in school history. The five players selected in this year’s draft set a new school record, breaking the old mark of three set in 2007 (Brian Leonard, Cameron Stephenson, Clark Harris).
Teel is the fourth Rutgers player to be drafted by Seattle and the first since offensive tackle Robert Barr was a third-round draft pick for the Seahawks in the 1996 NFL Draft. Teel finished his career as the all-time winningest quarterback in school history and led Rutgers to three consecutive bowl victories under center.
Teel was named the MVP of the PapaJohns.com Bowl after finishing the game 22-of-37 passing for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He led the BIG EAST in passing yards per game and passing efficiency in 2008 after throwing for 3,418 yards and 25 touchdowns.
In 48 career games, Teel threw for 9,383 yards and 59 touchdowns – both school records. He finished his career 29-13 as the starting quarterback for the Scarlet Knights.
McCourty finished his career as a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at cornerback for the Scarlet Knights. In 47 career games, McCourty totaled 150 tackles and two interceptions, including retuning one of his two interceptions for a touchdown in 2008 at USF. A versatile player who also played special teams, McCourty returned 17 kickoffs for an average of 25.8 yards per return his senior season.
Over his four-year career, McCourty broke up 22 passes.
McCourty was named Rutgers’ Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a Draddy Award semifinalist in addition to earning Academic All-Big East honors last fall.
Greene became the fifth Scarlet Knight all-time to be drafted by Seattle in the seventh round. Greene, a Second Team All-BIG EAST performer in 2006 and 2007, was named First Team All-BIG EAST as a senior in 2008 after recording 87 tackles. He started a school-record 51 consecutive games and finished fourth in Rutgers history with 386 career tackles. As a freshman in 2005, Greene earned Freshman All-America honors.
For his career, Greene totaled seven interceptions and broke up 19 passes.
Greene started every game he played in as a Scarlet Knight. He clinched Rutgers’ third consecutive bowl victory with an interception to end an NC State drive with less than 30 seconds remaining in the 29-23 victory in the PapaJohns.com Bowl.
Underwood will join former Scarlet Knight Cameron Stephenson in Jacksonville. The four-year letterwinner played in 50 career games for the Scarlet Knights and finished his career as one of the top wide receivers in school history.
Underwood is tied for third in the career annals with 16 receiving touchdowns. He also ranks among the school’s elite in career receiving yards (7th/1,931) and career receptions (8th/132).
In 2007, Underwood was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection after totaling 65 receptions for 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. The 1,100 yards receiving are the third-highest single-season total in RU history.
2009 Rutgers NFL Draft Selections
Kenny Britt, 1st Round, 30th overall selection, Tennessee Titans
Mike Teel, 6th Round, 178th overall selection, Seattle Seahawks
Jason McCourty, 6th Round, 203rd overall selection, Tennessee Titans
Courtney Greene, 7th Round, 245th overall selection, Seattle Seahawks
Tiquan Underwood, 7th Round, 253rd overall selection, Jacksonville Jaguars
Current Scarlet Knights in the NFL (22)
Gary Brackett (1999-02) – Indianapolis *
Kenny Britt (2006-08) – Tennessee *
Mike Fladell (2003-07) – New York Giants *
Eric Foster (2003-07) – Indianapolis *
Courtney Greene (2005-08) – Seattle *
Clark Harris (2003-06) – Houston *
Nate Jones (2000-03) – Miami *
Brian Leonard (2003-06) - St. Louis *
Jason McCourty (2005-08) – Tennessee *
Ryan Neill (2001-02, 04-05) – Buffalo *
Shaun O'Hara (1997-99) – New York Giants
J'Vonne Parker (2004) – Denver *
Joe Porter (2003-06) – Green Bay *
Brandon Renkart (2003-07) – New York Jets *
Ray Rice (2005-07) – Baltimore *
Derrick Roberson (2003-06) – Minnesota *
L.J. Smith (1999-02) – Baltimore *
Darnell Stapleton (2005-06) – Pittsburgh*
Cameron Stephenson (2004-06) - Jacksonville *
Mike Teel (2004-08) – Seattle *
Tiquan Underwood (2005-08) – Jacksonville *
Jeremy Zuttah (2004-07) – Tampa Bay *
*Coached at Rutgers by Greg Schiano