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Britt Selected in First Round of 2009 NFL Draft
First-Ever Rutgers Player to be Selected in First Round
  • Posted on April 25, 2009 7:24:24 PM
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  • Kenny Britt
    (Courtesy Tennessee Titans)
    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rutgers All-America wide receiver Kenny Britt (Bayonne, N.J.) was selected with the 30th pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans Saturday. Britt is the first player in Rutgers history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

    Britt becomes the sixth Scarlet Knight drafted in the last three years. It also marked the third consecutive year that a Scarlet Knight has been taken on the draft’s first day after Brian Leonard (2007) and Ray Rice (2008) were both second round draft selections.

    “The Tennessee Titans are getting a tremendous person and player in Kenny Britt,” said Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano. “Kenny proved to be one of the nation’s best college receivers and I’m sure he will have continued success as he makes the transition to the NFL. We are all very excited for Kenny and his family.”

    The nation’s second-leading receiver in yards per game in 2008, Britt finished his career as the BIG EAST’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,043) in 34 games.

    “We knew as our program grew, this day would come,” added Schiano. “Having Kenny drafted in the first round is an exciting honor for both him and our entire program.”

    Britt ended the season with school records in single-season receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,371) to help guide Rutgers to its third consecutive bowl victory.

    Britt was the second player in the Greg Schiano era at Rutgers to leave school early and enter the NFL Draft. Ray Rice left Rutgers following his junior season and was a second round draft selection of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 NFL Draft. During Britt’s three-year career in Piscataway, the Scarlet Knights won 27 games, including three bowl victories.

    During his three-year career “On the Banks”, Britt became one of the nation’s elite wide receivers. A Third Team Associated Press All-America selection in 2008, Britt was also a First Team All-BIG EAST selection after leading the league in both receptions and receiving yards. He finished second in the nation in receiving yards per game (114.2) and eighth in receptions per game (7.4).

    Britt left Rutgers as the school’s most decorated wide receiver. The career receiving yards leader in BIG EAST history, Britt also tied the conference record with former Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for career 100-yard games with his 14th 100-yard game in the PapaJohns.com Bowl victory vs. NC State.

    Britt is Rutgers’ all-time leader in career receiving yards (3,043), career touchdown receptions (17, tied with Chris Brantley), consecutive 100-yard receiving games (5 in 2008), career 100-yard receiving games (14), single-season receiving yards (1,371 in 2008) and single-season receptions (87 in 2008).
    Britt’s 178 career receptions rank third in Rutgers history and fourth in BIG EAST history. He ended his career with a reception in 31 consecutive games – the seventh-longest streak in BIG EAST history.

    Britt’s Career Statistics

    RECEIVING
             G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G
    2006 9 29 440 2 67 3.2 15.2 48.9
    2007 13 62 1,232 8 53 4.8 19.9 94.8
    2008 12 87 1,371 7 93 7.2 15.8 114.2
    TOTAL 34 178 3,043 17 93 5.2 17.1 89.5

    RUSHING
             G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G
    2006 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
    2007 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
    2008 12 7 75 1 31 10.7 6.2
    TOTAL 34 7 75 1 31 10.7 2.2

    SCORING
             G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G
    2006 9 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 1.3
    2007 13 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 48 3.7
    2008 12 8 1 7 0 0 0 0 48 4.0
    TOTAL 34 18 1 17 0 0 0 0 108 3.2

    ALL PURPOSE
             G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G
    2006 9 0 440 0 0 0 440 48.9
    2007 13 0 1,232 0 0 0 1,232 94.8
    2008 12 75 1,371 0 0 0 1,446 120.5
    TOTAL 34 75 3,043 0 0 0 3,118 91.7
     

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