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Rutgers' 'All-Century' team: Best lineup since 2000

Quarterback Mike Teel holds the Rutgers record for career passing yards with 9,398. Marvin Gentry/US Presswire

With a couple more weeks left until we talk about the upcoming season -- Big Ten media days -- we’re scrambling for some actual football discussion. So, to borrow an idea from our pals at the Pac-12 blog, we’re putting together the “All-Century” teams for every Big Ten school.

These are the top lineups each team could field consisting of players who have played since 2000. Next up is Rutgers.

OFFENSE

QB Mike Teel: He holds the school record for career passing yards (9,398) and is the only Rutgers signal-caller to win three bowls.

RB Ray Rice: The three-time Pro Bowler was a 2007 All-American and owns just about every school rushing record. He’s arguably the best Rutgers player of all-time.

RB/FB Brian Leonard: An unselfish player, Leonard primarily blocked for Rice as a senior. Still, he’s fifth all-time in rushing and second in career receptions.

WR Leonte Carroo: He was a big play waiting to happen, and his career record of 29 touchdown catches should stand for quite some time.

WR Kenny Britt: A tremendous deep threat, Britt went on to become a first-round NFL draft pick and currently plays for the Los Angeles Rams.

WR Mohamed Sanu: He was a lock to make a circus catch most every week and holds Rutgers’ all-time receptions record (210).

OL Anthony Davis: The 2009 All-American was drafted No. 11 overall and went on to start in 71 career NFL games.

OL Jeremy Zuttah: He was one of Rutgers’ most versatile offensive linemen and could play virtually anywhere. He was a two-time All-Big East selection.

OL Pedro Sosa: A three-year starter, Sosa was part of the 2006 squad that allowed just eight sacks -- a national best.

OL Kaleb Johnson: He started in 50 straight games and earned recognition virtually year.

OL John Glass: A Division II transfer, Glass went on to become a two-time all-conference selection.

DEFENSE

DL Eric Foster: He’s the lone Rutgers defensive lineman to earn first-team All-America honors this century, as he finished the 2006 season with 51 tackles and 14 tackles-for-loss.

DL Jamaal Westerman: Since 2000, no Scarlet Knight has surpassed his 26 career sacks.

DL Ryan Neill: A two-time first-team all-conference selection, Neill finished his career with 41 tackles-for-loss in 41 games.

DL Raheem Orr: He was named the team MVP in 2003 after leading all Big East defensive linemen with 82 tackles and 19.5 tackles-for-loss.

LB Khaseem Greene: He was twice named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

LB Gary Brackett: A former walk-on, Brackett was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame last year.

LB Devraun Thompson: He was a key cog in the Knights’ 2006 run, and he was outstanding when it came to stopping ball-carriers in short-yardage situations.

DB Devin McCourty: The 2009 team MVP went on to become a first-round NFL draft pick, a Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion.

DB Courtney Greene: A three-time all-conference selection, he’s fifth all-time in tackles (386).

DB Ron Girault: Since 2000, no Scarlet Knight has recorded more interceptions than Girault (10).

DB Joe Lefeged: He was the team MVP in 2010, making him one of just two DBs to earn that recognition since 2000.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Jeremy Ito: He is Rutgers’ career leader in field goals (80), and no one’s been more accurate since 2000.

P Teddy Dellaganna: He owns the best punting average (41.8) in school history and also boasts two of the school’s four best punting seasons.

KR/PR Janarion Grant: The returning senior is already the Knights’ all-time kickoff return yardage leader. He has six total return touchdowns, including four just from last season.