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.
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 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.
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.
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.