Rutgers has landed two players on the prestigious Football Writers Association of America 2009 Freshman All-America Team. True freshman quarterback Tom Savage (Springfield, Pa.) and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) were named to the team.
Rutgers is one of just two schools to have two players named to the team, along with Oregon. Of the 28 players honored, the team was exactly split between true freshmen and redshirt freshmen.
Savage and Vallone are the first Scarlet Knights named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team since Anthony Davis in 2007. Courtney Greene was also selected as a FWAA Freshman All-America in 2005.
Savage joins an impressive list of quarterbacks who have been named the quarterback of the FWAA Freshman All-America squad. Some of the past FWAA Freshman All-America quarterbacks include Sam Bradford in 2007, Colt McCoy in 2006, Chad Henne in 2004 and Ben Roethlisberger in 2001.
Savage finished the season with 2,211 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes. He finished sixth in Rutgers single-season history with 2,211 passing yards.
Savage threw for the most yards by a true freshman in Big East single-season history in 2009. He finished the season second nationally among all true freshman quarterbacks in passing yards and touchdowns.
Vallone was a major force on Rutgers' defensive line in his first year as a starter. The New York native started all 13 games and finished 2009 with 41 tackles, including nine behind the line of scrimmage.
Vallone was a key cog in a Rutgers defense that is first nationally in fumbles recovered and tackles for loss and ranks second in turnover margin.
Rutgers led the Big East in total defense, scoring defense, turnover margin and sacks.
The 2009 Aon Insurance FWAA Freshman All-America Team is selected by an 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team.
SOURCE: RUTGERS ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS