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*James Casey heading into So season: 2008: Unanimous first-team All-Conference USA pick...Named league Offensive Player of the Week vs. Memphis, Texas-El Paso and Houston...Started all thirteen games at the "Y" receiver position, but also saw action at the other three receiver spots, in addition to playing quarterback and returning punts...Set the school single-season records as he caught 111 of 142 passes targeted to him (78.17 percent) for 1,329 yards (12.0 avg) and thirteen touchdowns...Led the conference and ranked second in the nation with an average of 8.54 receptions per game...Placed second in the league and seventh nationally with an average of 192.23 receiving yards per game...67 of his receptions (60.36 percent) produced first downs, as he converted 14 of 25 third-down throws (56 percent)...Proving to be the team's "money player," 32 of his receptions came inside the red zone, as he had big catches to set up 27 touchdown drives and three other series that ended with field goals...2007: Consensus C-USA All Freshman pick...second on the team with 46 catches and finished second on the team with 585 yards receiving...46 receptions matched the 10th best single-season total in school history... 55 of his 91 touches on offense resulted in either a first down or a touchown. (23 of 45 rushes; 32 of 46 receptions)...2006: Retired from pro baseball at the end of the 2006 baseball season...drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft by the Chicago White Sox...was cited by Baseball America as possessing the Best Fastball from the Sox 2003 draft class...Pitched in the White Sox system for three seasons at the Rookie League level before he was released...September 22, 1984...married, will be a 24/25 year old NFL rookie.
Vance McDonald heading into rSr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/55 -- Vance McDonald, TE, 6-4, 267, Rice...Many had Zach Ertz pegged to the 49ers, but McDonald has a lot of similar traits. He's able to play in the slot and the converted wide receiver is a matchup nightmare for both corners and linebackers. - The Sports Xchange
Kyle Martens heading into Sr season: 2010: Earned All-America and All-Conference USA honors after leading Conference USA and ranked third in the nation with a school-record 45.98 yard punting average ... placed 22 of 52 punts inside the 20 yard line while only allowing five touchbacks … forced 11 fair catches … kicked 14 punts of greater than 50 yards on the year. 2009: Ray Guy Award candidate … missed three games due to hip injury … named to Phil Steele’s Midseason All C-USA second team … fourth in C-USA and 16th nationally with a 43.4 average … had five boots of better than 50 yards vs. Tulsa and had 12 this season … forced 11 fair catches on 48 punts … placed nine inside the 20 yard line against four touchbacks. 2008: C-USA All-Freshman selection who averaged 38.3 yards on 51 punts for the Owls … Forced nine fair catches on the year … had three punts of at least 50 yards in the last five games … placed 14 of his 51 punts inside the 20 … had a career-best boot of 57 yards at UTEP.
Phillip Gaines heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/87 - Phillip Gaines, CB, 6-1, 185, Rice...A team in today's NFL can't have enough pass rushers or talented players in pass coverage. After getting their rusher in the first round, the Chiefs picked up a coverage guy in the third. He may be a reach given that in 52 games and 40 starts Gaines finished his college career with just four interceptions, all in his senior season. But he did set a school record for passes broken up (36) during a career with the Owls. - The Sports Xchange
*Christian Covington heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Texans' seven picks: Round 6/216 - Christian Covington, DE, 6-2, 289, Rice...A potential steal if his health improves. Covington is explosive and dangerous on the line. He's recovering from a knee injury. But the local product could shine with the Texans. - The Sports Xchange
Jarett Dillard heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 79-1057-13.4-14; 1 Sol-1 TT; Consensus all C-USA pick and honorable mention All America by Sports Illustrated after leading the Owls with 79 catches for 1,057 yards and 14 touchdowns .... His totals for yards and touchdowns are second only to his sophomore year totals, while his total for catches ranks third... Led C-USA receivers with his 14 TDs in addition to his average of 7.5 catches per conference game.... Pre-season All-American in several publications, and the pre-season Texas College Player of the Year in Dave Campbell's Texas Football. One of just four second-team Water Camp All-Americans (Colt Brennan of Hawaii, Ray Rice of Rutgers and Michael Hart of Michigan were the others) who were invited to attent the Camp Foundation's All-American weekend in January....2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 2-5-2.5-0; Rec: 91-1247-13.7-21; KR: 1-33-33-0; Re-wrote the Rice record book for wide receivers while sprinting past the field of more recognized candidates to become a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award....First Team All American by ESPN.com...Second-team All American by The Walter Camp Foundation, AP, The Sporting News and SI.com....First end at Rice to earn All American honors since Buddy Dial in 1958 and the first Owl overall to earn such honors since guard Charles Torello in 1997...Consensus All C-USA Pick after earned All Freshman honors...Rice's first finalist for a major individual post-season award since Trevor Cobb won the Doak Walker Award in 1991. Broke the NCAA record for consecutive games with a TD catch in a season when he caught a 1-yard toss from Joel Armstrong in the New Orleans Bowl. It gave him TD catches in all 13 games this year and 15 straight overall (second longest overall streak in NCAA history...Had shared the NCAA season mark of 12 straight games with Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald...Fitzgerald holds the overall record with an 18-game streak....had 21 touchdown catches this year to shatter the old Rice season mark of nine, while also setting a C-USA record as well...became the first Owl to top 1,000 yards in receiving (1,247) and also broke the school season mark for catches (91)....21 TDs also set a Rice record for touchdowns, as did his 120 points scored....ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 9.7 points a game...2005: 11 GP; 8 GS; Rush: 1-(-7)-(-7)-0; Rec: 35-524-15-5; Played in all 11 games with eight starts at wide receiver... Had 35 catches for 524 yards and five touchdowns to earn all-Conference USA freshman honors... The 35 catches were the most by any Owl during Ken Hatfield's 12 seasons as the Rice coach...2004: Redshirt.
Luke Willson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 5/158 - Luke Willson, TE, 6-5, 252, Rice...Ran a blistering 4.51-second 40-yard time at his pro day, and will be used to stretch the middle of the defense in the passing game. - The Sports Xchange
Scott Solomon heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 7/211 - Scott Solomon, DE, 6-3, 262, Rice...The Titans liked Solomon's high motor enough to trade back into round seven to grab him. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm going to be a ball of fire, full of p--- and vinegar, in there doing everything I can to help the team out." -- Seventh-round defensive end Scott Solomon of Rice who has a reputation for having a high motor and relentless effort guy. - The Sports Xchange
Cheta Ozougwu heading into Sr season: 2010: Ozougwu earned All C-USA First Team honors (coaches), finishing the year with 54 tackles, and ranking among the league leaders with three forced fumbles. He totaled three sacks on the season, but lost two others when fumbles he forced while stripping the ball from the quarterback were recovered without a loss of yardage. He was also credited with 11 quarterback hurries...2009: Earned honorable mention All C-USA honors from league coaches... Set career-highs for tackles (61), TFL (10.5) and sacks (4.5)...Ranked second among C-USA defensive linemen with 61 tackles... Had 39 tackles, including eight for loss in the last six games... Recorded his first multi-sack game with a pair vs. UTEP... 2008: Tied with fellow end Scott Solomon for the defensive line lead with 40 tackles ... second on the team with 3.5 sacks and tied for second with six tackles for loss (both career highs) ...2007: Earned honorable mention freshman All-American designation from The Sporting News and C-USA freshman honors from the conference media ... finished seventh on the team, and second among linemen, with 43 tackles, despite missing the first two games of the year with an injury.
Chase Clement heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; Rush: 144-535-3.7-8; Pass: 508-300-59.1-3377-29-16; 1 Sol-1 TT; Set a total of 18 school records -- as well as four conference marks and one NCAA record-- on his way to earning consensus second-team, All C-USA accolades... set school season marks for attempts (508), completions (300), yards (3,377), touchdown passes (29), total offense (3,912), total touchdowns (37) and total plays (652); single-game marks for attempts (66 vs. Tulsa), completions (40 vs. Tulsa), yards (541 vs. Tulsa), touchdown passes (6 vs. UTEP), total offense (601 vs. Tulsa), total touchdowns (8 vs. UTEP), and total plays (83 vs. Tulsa)... Heads into his senior year owning career marks for touchdown passes (55), total offense (6,714), and total touchdowns (68)... his single-game marks for total offense, total plays, touchdown passes and total touchdowns also set conference records... Set an NCAA record by throwing for 300 yards and rushing for 100 in consecutive games while leading the Owls to wins over UTEP and SMU...2006: 9 GP; 8 GS; Rush: 107-481-4.5-4; Pass: 265-153-57.7-1707-21-5; Led the Owls to six wins in his eight starts at quarterback when he was at the controls of the offensive attack... Rice averaged 34 points per game in his eight starts... Tied Rice records for touchdown passes (21) and total touchdowns produced (25), while throwing at least one TD pass in each of his eight games this season... Completed 57.7% of his passes (153 of 265) to just miss the school record of 57.8% by Bert Emanuel in 1993... His 1,707 yards passing was the fifth best total in school history and the most by a Rice QB since 1990... Threw just five interceptions in 265 attempts, including a streak of 120 straight without an interception before throwing one against ECU on his last play of the regular season... Totaled 2,188 yards of total offense, the fourth best total in school history...2005: 11 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 65-32-0.5-1; Pass: 124-53-42.7-582-5-6; Played in all 11 games with a single start against Navy... Led the Owls in passing with 582 yards and five TDs on 53 completions in 126 attempts... 2004: Redshirt.
Brian Raines heading into Sr season: 2007: 11 GP; 11 GS; 46 Sol-81 TT, 10.5 TFL, 3 SK, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF; Butkus Award candidate saw his season slowed by an left leg injury in the Southern Miss game. Tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles and led the conference with an average of .27 per game… Finished second on the team 10 tackles for loss and tied for second with three sacks despite missing one game…. Missed the Houston games with an injury, breaking a streak of 16 consecutive starts at linebacker…Second on the team with 81 tackles this year and has 199 in 31 career starts at linebacker…Topped double figures in tackles nine times in his last 26 games...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 85 Sol-118 TT, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 SK, 2 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FR, 5 FF; All-Conference USA selection by the media as well as the Houston Chronicle... Piled up 118 tackles to lead the team and finish second in the conference... Tackle total ranks 9th in school history and is the most by an Owl since Larry Izzo totaled 121 in 1995... Led C-USA with five forced fumbles, the most by an Owl since Brandon Green forced five in 2002... Averaged 6.54 primary stops per game, tied for seventh best in the nation, and 9.08 total tackles per game (25th best)... Finished 8th in the conference with 12.5 tackles for loss, which also ranked second on the team... 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 16 Sol-25 TT; Played in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams as a true freshman... Credited with 25 tackles (18 primary)... Had at least one tackle in 10 of 11 games.
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