Rutgers junior All-America wide receiver Kenny Britt decided to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. 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. “It has always been a dream to me to go to the NFL and this is a gateway and an opening to leave this year,” Britt said. “I have an opportunity to go and I want to take my chances and go.”
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 is 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 leaves 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.