The Scarlet Knights are Phil Steele’s pick to win the BIG EAST.
Individually, three Scarlet Knights were selected among the top 25 players at their position in the nation. Davis was rated as the fifth-best offensive tackle nationally while senior Ryan Blaszczyk (Medford Lakes, N.J.) was rated as the No. 22 center and junior Joe Lefeged (Germantown, Md.) was ranked the No. 15 strong safety in the country.
The Scarlet Knights closed out the 2008 season with seven consecutive victories, including a 29-23 win over NC State in the PapaJohns.com Bowl. The Scarlet Knights have appeared in four consecutive bowls and have won three straight bowl championships.
The seven-game win streak is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the nation.
Rutgers opens the 2009 season Monday, Sept. 7 vs. Cincinnati at the newly-expanded Rutgers Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN.