Wide receiver Bo Melton (media & coaches), offensive lineman Raiqwon O’Neal (media) and offensive lineman Reggie Sutton (coaches) were each recognized honorable mention All-Big Ten on offense following a vote of the leagues’ coaches and media.

Rutgers football is the most improved offensive team in the Big Ten in scoring offense (+14.1) and total offense (+76.9). The Scarlet Knights are one of just 10 teams nationally that have scored more points than in 2019, and the only team in the group to have played less than 10 games. In addition, RU is averaging 27.4 points and 350 yards of total offense per game, which is on pace for the best production in league play since joining the Big Ten.


Melton leads RU with nine total touchdowns (six receiving, two rushing, one punt return), which ranks second in the Big Ten, on three multiple-score games. Previously recognized nationally as member of the Biletnikoff Award watch list and the Hornung Award honor roll, he has posted career highs with 42 receptions for 557 yards, highlighted by back-to-back 100-yard games versus Illinois (150) and Michigan (109). The Mays Landing, New Jersey, native rushed for two touchdowns in the recent win at Maryland, both giving RU the lead, and collected a career-high 170 all-purpose yards at No. 3 Ohio State. He has eight receptions of at least 20 yards and two over 60 yards this year.


O’Neal has started seven games at left tackle for the Scarlet Knights this season. A native of Conway, South Carolina, he scored a four-yard rushing touchdown on a throwback pass at No. 3 Ohio State a week after being involved in an overhead toss to keep the ball alive on a lateral play versus No. 17 Indiana. The Rutgers offensive line returned only one starter from 2019 and has come together to help the offense post 1,303 more yards of total offense compared to the same point, eight Big Ten games, last season. The Scarlet Knights recorded a season-high 235 rushing yards most recently in the win at Maryland.


Sutton has started all eight games on the offensive line, the first seven at right tackle before moving inside to right guard in last week’s victory at Maryland. The Scarlet Knights tallied a season-high 235 rushing yards against the Terrapins. Sutton, from Towson, Maryland, entered the season with only one collegiate start, which came as a blocking tight end, and has been part of a unit that has scored eight more offensive touchdowns that last season in three fewer games.

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