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BTN's Mount Rushmore of Rutgers Football: Details edition, Part 2

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Our last four candidates are all from the 1990's through today. Be sure to vote - the link is below

No, Ito's not on the list, but it does bring back good memories...and it's time appropriate.
No, Ito's not on the list, but it does bring back good memories...and it's time appropriate.

In yesterday's piece, we introduced the first six candidates.  Today we bring it into the "modern" (for many of you) era of Rutgers football.  The teams weren't always great, but the players were and we remember their heroics for Rutgers.

Here are the last four from BTN's list of potential faces to put on Rutgers' "Mount Rushmore".  They're from our modern era, beginning with a guy who currently works in athletic fund raising at RU.

Be sure to cast your votes using BTN's survey link or vote at the bottom of this story.  And if you know more about a player or want to do some politicking for your favorite, let's meet in the comments section.

Marco Battaglia (1992-95)

Comments: An All American on teams that went 20-22-1; he had to be good!

  • Rutgers Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 2007
  • Consensus All-American, 1995
  • Finished his career with school record 171 receptions for 2,221 yards
  • His 10 TD catches in 1995 remains tied for single-season school record
Ray Ransom: Marco's impact has been immense both on and off the field. He's at every Rutgers team event, is a superb model for our student athletes, and provides a valuable connection to the recent history of the program.

Eric Foster (2004-07)

Comments: He was the epitome of the "chop" mentality; hard nosed and take-no-prisoner approach to defense. Joined teammate Gary Brackett on Colts.

  • FWAA First-Team All-American Defensive Tackle, 2006
  • Two-time First-Team All-Big East, 2006-07
  • Defensive leader of 2006 team that finished 11-2, including win over #3 Louisville
  • Started in first bowl victory in school history, 2006 Texas Bowl vs Kansas State
  • 2006 team finished 4th in FBS total defense
Ray Ransom: Put on the old Big East tape and watch his first step confound and terrify Centers and Quarterbacks. Foster was lightning quick through the line and brought a nasty streak when making contact.

Eric LeGrand (2008-10)

rvc73's comments: Wow, what do I say?  Well, I say I chose to put a picture of him in uniform, because I think he'd want that.

  • Only player in school history to have number retired (#52)
  • Rutgers honorary captain vs Penn State, 2014
  • Appeared in 31 games in three seasons
  • Became paralyzed while making a tackle in 2010against Army
  • Addressed graduating class at May, 2014 commencement
Ray Ransom: Arguably the most important figure in Rutgers Football History. The national perception of Rutgers football is guided by Eric's incredible charisma, energy and optimism. He is an exceptional ambassador to our program and an important part of its future.

Brian Leonard (2003-06)

Comments:  The star behind the star.  Did everything asked of him: run, block, catch -- and did them all well. And eight years later still making a living as an NFL player.

rvc73's comment: This was the guy who helped us turn the corner in the era of relevancy for Rutgers.  Was he the greatest RU player?  Not sure, but he made a difference and maybe that's the key.

Ray Ransom: It wasn't #27 that started the Rutgers revolution, it was #23. Exceptional in all aspects of the game, Leonard became the archetype for the modern Rutgers player. Hard working, unselfish, high character. A true Rutgers man.

  • Rutgers' #2 Player of the Decade by Newark Star Ledger, 2009
  • Three-time All-Big East selection, 2004-06
  • Finished career with school records for receptions (207), total TD's (45) and points scored (272)
  • His streak of 47 consecutive games with a reception is a Big East record
  • 2006 Draddy Trophy winner (now known as Campbell Trophy, recognizing college football's "Academic Heisman")