DB Courtney Greene

2006 Statistics

Coach: Greg Schiano
30-41, 6 years
2006 Record: 11-2
at North Carolina WON 21-16
at South Florida WON 22-20
at Navy WON 34-0
at Pittsburgh WON 20-10
at Cincinnati LOST 11-30
at West Virginia LOST 39-41 (3OT)
Kansas State WON 37-10

2006 Final Rankings
AP-12, Coaches-12, BCS-16

2007 Outlook

Head coach Greg Schiano has built a juggernaut that still has yet to see its best seasons. Sure, going 11-2 and earning the school its first bowl win ever (0-2 prior in bowls) are impressive, as are the many institutions that deemed the New Jersey-native Coach of the Year (no less than seven). But this isn’t the first time notoriously struggling Rutgers has done well (nine straight winning years from 1972-80). They even went undefeated in 1961 (stacked with non-I-A foes) and 1976 (only beat one I-A school with winning record). But as Schiano said of winning big when he came on as their leader in 2000, “we’re going to do it the right way.” Also their defensive coordinator, the Knights have risen mainly due to defense, but also due to a no fills, shove-the-rock-down-your-throat mentality on offense. To remain in the top 15, the interior running game will have to be reestablished. That is do-able. As long as QB Mike Teel can keep his troops organized and level-headed, Rutgers will continue to chew clock as they modestly pile up points (No.22 scoring offense). The defense has to rebuild its linebacking corps for the Scarlet Knights to remain in the top 10 in most stopping categories. Otherwise, the secondary and line will again neutralize foe’s offensive plans. When Rutgers holds opponents to under 30 points, they will continue to win. Look for the “University of New Jersey” to again battle for the league’s top spot and remain a national powerhouse that can survive on a lack of respect and their us-against-the-world mentality.

Projected 2007 record: 10-2
RB Ray Rice
QB - 3.5 DL - 4
RB - 4.5 LB - 3
WR - 3.5 DB - 4.5
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Mike Teel, 164-296-13, 2135 yds., 12 TD

Rushing: Ray Rice, 335 att., 1794 yds., 20 TD

Receiving: Kenny Britt, 29 rec., 440 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Ray Rice, 20 TD, 120 pts.

Punting: None

Kicking: Jeremy Ito, 22-29 FG, 41-42 PAT, 107 pts.

Tackles: Courtney Greene, 82 tot., 51 solo

Sacks: Jamaal Westerman, 8 sacks

Interceptions: Courtney Greene, 4 for 26 yds.

Kickoff returns: James Townsend, 8 ret., 16.0 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: Glen Lee, 1 ret., 15.0 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Brian Leonard-FB, Shawn Tucker-WR, Willie Foster-PR/KR, Clark Harris-TE, Darnell Stapleton-C, Cameron Stephenson-OG
DEFENSE: William Beckford-DE, Ramel Meekins-DT, Devraun Thompson-LB, Quintero Frierson-LB, Derek Roberson-CB, Manny Collins-CB, Joe Radigan-P

This will continue to be a grinding offense that methodically moves the ball so as to keep opposing offenses off the field. With a QB like Mike Teel, big chunks classically come via the run setting up the pass. The junior has the physical tools and can heave the rock far, but is not the aerial technician who can win the game at will with his arm. What Teel does is manage the game and his team well for the eventual win. It is much easier with the likes of first-team all-Big East RB Ray Rice slicing through holes and demanding LBs attention. The nation’s third leading rusher in ’06, the preseason All-American’s continued production is critical for this team to remain a powerhouse. Many will point to the departure of fullback and team leader Brian Leonard as the reason Rutgers may fall back to mediocrity. Those people don’t know about sophomore Jack Corcoran. If anyone can replace the unsung impact of Leonard, it is Corcoran, a gritty former two-way player (LB-FB) who also was the prep state 215 lb. wrestling champ. The holes will be opened for Rice, but can Corcoran also prove he has the soft hands of the team’s now-departed captain and top snarler? Replacing the team’s second-leading catcher – TE Clark Harris – will be just as important for the stealth of the receivers. Spreading Teel’s efforts amongst all possible targets keeps any/all ball-carrying Knights isolated against chasing defenders, a key to Rutgers recent surge. Receivers Britt and Underwood use their size to overmatch often-distracted DBs, and Campbell embraces his roll underneath. All three, and their backups, block downfield well. All-conference senior tackles Jeremy Zuttah (first team) and Pedro Sosa (second team) are possibly the nation’s best outside pair and assure Rutgers again finishes near the top for sacks allowed (only eight allowed in ’06 to lead I-A). New faces inside will be led by senior guard Mike Fladell, and along with replacing Leonard, re-bolstering the line’s interior will be vital for keeping the Boys from New Brunswick in the top 25.


OT Jeremy Zuttah


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Mike Teel-Jr (6-4, 215) Jabu Lovelace-So (6-2, 200)
FB Jack Corcoran-So (6-1, 225) Jean Beljour-Sr (6-0, 225)
TB Ray Rice-Jr (5-9, 200) Kordell Young-So (5-9, 185)
WR Tiquan Underwood-Jr (6-2, 180) Tim Brown-So (5-8, 150)
WR Kenny Britt-So (6-4, 205) James Townsend-Sr (6-1, 195)
Dennis Campbell-So (5-9, 175)
TE Kevin Brock-Jr (6-5, 245) Chris Rudanovic-Sr (6-5, 255)
OT Pedro Sosa-Sr (6-5, 290) Kevin Haslam-So (6-7, 280)
OG Mike Fladell-Sr (6-8, 325) Dan Mazan-Sr (6-4, 290)
C Ryan Blaszczyk-So (6-4, 290) Dave McClain-So (6-4, 285)
OG Mike Gilmartin-Jr (6-6, 290) George Eshareturi-Sr (6-3, 300)
OT Jeremy Zuttah-Sr (6-4, 290) Mo Lange-Fr (6-7, 320)
K Jeremy Ito-Sr (5-11, 190) ..



This defense quietly finished as the nation’s No.4 total defense, and enough of the DL’s and secondary’s cores come back to think that they can again be a feared group. Senior Eric Foster led the team in both tackles-for-loss (14) and passes broken-up (four) from his tackle slot, and his all-conference prowess is vital as there is little experience inside besides his. Junior DE Jamaal Westerman tied for the team lead in sacks (eight), but is big and disciplined enough to secure the outside in running downs. The rest of the front seven is rather undetermined besides LB Brandon Renkart. This area will be where head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is measured most – this past year’s recruiting class is rather defensive laden and some of the newbies will surely have to chip in up front if Rutgers is to again measure up on this side of the ball. Deep, undeveloped pools of bigman talent exist there in north New Jersey, though speed exists more than size. Schiano has done a great job in the past of elevating unheralded recruits to unimaginable heights, and this 2006 Coach of the Year (Big East; national - Walter Camp, FWAA/Eddie Robinson, Home Depot, Liberty Mutual) is a great enough motivator that people in Morristown and Hoboken will soon make household names out of his choices. Safeties Ron Girault and Courtney Greene are equally good in both run support and deep coverage, while twins Jason (jr.) and Devin McCourty (soph.) should be integral in the mix – Jason as a starting corner and Devin as a nickel safety. Greene, Girault and the entire secondary will be another reason the Knights can hang with Louisville and West Virginia atop the conference standings.


DT Eric Foster


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE George Johnson-So (6-4, 250) Gary Watts-Jr (6-3, 240)
DT Pete Tverdov-Jr (6-4, 260) Charlie Noonan-Fr (6-2, 260)
DT Eric Foster-Sr (6-2, 265) Mike Ziarnowski-Jr (6-2, 255)
DE Jamaal Westerman-Jr (6-3, 250) Chenry Lewis-Jr (6-3, 235)
LB Brandon Renkart-Sr (6-3, 230) Damaso Munoz-So (6-0, 205)
LB Chris Quaye-So (6-0, 225) Ryan D'Imperio-So (6-2, 230)
LB Kevin Malast-Jr (6-2, 225) Blair Bines-So (6-2, 245)
CB Devin McCourty-So (5-11, 185) Leslie Jackman-So (5-11, 180)
CB Jason McCourty-Jr (5-11, 185) Anthony Miller-So (6-0, 170)
SS Courtney Greene-Jr (6-1, 205) Glen Lee-Jr (6-2, 190)
FS Ron Girault-Sr (5-11, 200) Ziare Kitchen-So (6-1, 210)
P Kyle Cinzio-Fr (6-3, 200) Matt Voliva-So (5-11, 190)




After going 4-for-6 from 40+, senior Jeremy Ito will assuredly be on the Groza watch list. A new face at punter will be critical in those close battles upon which Rutgers seems to thrive, though Ito can carry the load here if needed. Also critical will be securing a returner at both spots with Willie Foster now gone.