Walk-on sophomore Paul James missed more than a month of action in 2013, and still earned a first-team spot on the American Athletic Conference postseason award list. James was second in the conference with nine rushing touchdowns and third in rushing with 833 yards.
James missed four games via injury, and still made the first team alongside UCF’s Storm Johnson.
Rutgers placed sophomore tight end Tyler Kroft on the first team as well, with freshman return man Janarion Grant and junior center Betim Bujari also on the list.
Kroft is tied for 10th national in receptions (40) and receiving yards (530). He led Rutgers in both categories, and caught four touchdowns during the regular season.
Second-team center Betim Bujari missed three games because of injuries, but was key in the rushing success for James and true freshman Justin Goodwin. Rutgers gave up 31 sacks after surrendering just 11 last season.
Grant made a name for himself early when he took his first career touch back for a 100-yard touchdown against Fresno State. Grant returned 18 kicks for 21.7 yards per return and 17 punts for 9.2 yards per return and a touchdown.