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Rutgers Athletics: Catching up on awards and honors

We've been remiss in not getting around to these honors, so let's get back on track.


Junior Ali Schroeter was the recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Rutgers.

Women's Basketball

Big Ten Women's Basketball Player of the Week

Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, F, Sr.

  • Averaged 18.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the Scarlet Knights' split against No. 6/6 North Carolina and No. 25/rv Arkansas
  • Scored 24 points and set the single-game rebounding record at the Rutgers Athletic Center with 24 caroms against the Tar Heels
  • Recorded her eighth consecutive double-double this season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Razorbacks
  • Collects the first Player of the Week Award of her career; first for women's basketball

Through December 3, when the B1G put out its most recent WBB release, Rutgers' Betnijah Laney led the nation with six consecutive double-doubles. Big Ten women's basketball players combine for 59 double-doubles on the year, with Iowa's Samantha Logic recording a triple-double against Dayton on Nov. 22.   Laney is the Big Ten's leading rebounder with 13.8 rebounds per game. Six players are averaging 10 or more rebounds per game, and 30 players have recorded 10-rebound games, with Laney pulling down double-digit rebounds on six occasions.

Women's Soccer

Junior back Brianne Reed was named to the 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/ Continental Tire All-America Third Team.  Reed, who was also named First Team All-Big Ten, earns the first All-America recognition of her career and becomes the first RU back to receive the accolade since Jennifer Anzivino (Second Team) in 2009.


On December 2, the Rutgers wrestling team cracked the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 23 for the team's first dual ranking since the 2012-13 season. The Scarlet Knights (7-0, 0-0 Big Ten) upset No. 19 Oklahoma, 20-18, at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals to break into the top 25.  Along with the coaches poll, Rutgers also broke into the Intermat and WIN Magazine dual rankings. Intermat placed RU in the No. 24 spot following its upset win, while WIN tabbed the Scarlet Knights No. 19 in the nation.  In Intermat's Tournament Rankings, Rutgers maintained a top-25 ranking at No. 23 with 20.5 points.

Individual Rankings

Five members of the Rutgers wrestling team remain ranked last week by IntermatThe Open Mat or WIN Magazine.  Redshirt junior 285-pounder Billy Smith has the highest individual ranking among RU grapplers at No. 8/7/10. The two-time NCAA qualifier is 3-0 this season.  Redshirt junior Anthony Perrotti is No. 8/11/11, respectively, at 157 pounds. Perrotti dropped his first match of the season against Oklahoma's then-No. 13/11/12 Justin DeAngelis, 6-3. He is 6-1 to begin the year. Redshirt freshman 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault was ranked No. 16/12/15 this week, moving up in The Open Mat andWIN Magazine rankings. He went 3-0 over the weekend to improve to 7-0 on the season.  Junior Ken Theobold maintained his No. 18 ranking by Intermat and No. 17 ranking by WIN Magazine after a 3-0 weekend in Troy, N.Y. He is 9-1 overall this season.  Sophomore 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio moved up one spot in The Open Mat poll to No. 19 after a 2-1 weekend, losing only to No. 3/2/3 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) by an 11-5 decision.

Field Hockey

The Big Ten Conference released its field hockey 2014 all-conference teams, and Rutgers had two players recognized. Sophomore back Sofia Walia led the way for the Scarlet Knights as a Second Team All-Big Ten selection. Senior midfielder Jenn Staab was also recognized as the Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Walia was also named to the 2014 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association . Walia is the first Rutgers player to be named First Team All-Region since Amy Lewis in 2007.

"This award recognizes the contribution that Sofia made to the team this season," head coach Meredith Long said. "She was a key player in our defensive unit as well as a consistent contributor on offense where she scored crucial goals. It is an award that is well deserved."

The recognition is the second straight All-Region recognition for the sophomore. Walia, along with Sophie Wright was named to the Second Team All-Region Team last year.


Academic All-American

Rutgers football fifth-year senior defensive lineman David Milewski has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football team in a release by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Milewski is one of just 24 student-athletes nationally to earn First Team Academic All-America status.

The all-academic teams have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Click here for the listing.

"David is everything that is right about college athletics and the personification of our motto, ‘The Class of College Football,'" said head coach Kyle Flood. "Rutgers University is stronger today with David Milewski as an alumnus."

"We are extremely proud of David's accomplishments as a student-athlete and member of the Rutgers and New Jersey community," said Jenna Beverly, director of football academic support. "This exceptional honor is well-deserved, as David is a focused, bright and well-rounded young man."

Milewski becomes the second Scarlet Knight football player to earn First Team Academic All-America, joining Nathan Jones (2003). Rutgers Athletics now has 22 Academic All-American selections overall. Click here for the full list.

Milewski was previously named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy earlier this year and was inducted into Rutgers' New Jersey Delta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, The National College Athlete Honor Society.  Milewski is one of four Big Ten student-athletes to earn First Team Academic All-America, joining Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, Indiana defensive back Mark Murphy and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.

All Big Ten

2014 All-Big Ten Teams as voted on by the league's head coaches along with conference media members.

The media All-Big Ten Team featured Rutgers junior wide receiver Leonte Carroo as he earned All-Big Ten First Team honors while junior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton, redshirt freshman defensive end Kemoko Turay and senior offensive guard Kaleb Johnson earned honorable mention all-conference accolades from the conference media.

Carroo and Johnson were named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the league's head coaches.

Hamilton has started all 12 games at defensive tackle for Rutgers. The junior leads the defense with 9.5 tackles-for-loss, including a career-best five sacks which rank 19th in the Big Ten. Overall, he has 43 tackles from the interior of the defensive line with a career-high-tying eight stops in the recent win at Maryland.

Carroo ranks 17th nationally and second in the Big Ten in receiving yards (1,043) and 11th nationally and second in the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns (10). Carroo has tied the Rutgers single-season record with 10 touchdown receptions.  He leads the nation in yards per reception (19.7) for players with at least 40 receptions and is seventh nationally with 13 receptions of 25+ yards.

Johnson earns postseason honors for the fourth consecutive season on the offensive line. Following multiple Freshman All-America honors, he was named second team all-conference in both the Big East and the American as a sophomore and junior, respectively. In 2014, Johnson has started every game at left guard to extend his starting streak to 49, the most by an offensive lineman in program history.

Turay emerged as a pass rushing specialist in his redshirt freshman season for the Scarlet Knights. He picked up a team-high 7.5 sacks during the regular season, ranking tied for seventh among Big Ten players and third amid freshmen nationally.