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Rice sophomore RB Nahshon Ellerbe will function as the starter on Saturday against Florida International with Sam Stewart sidelined.

Ellerbe (5'9/205) is Stewart's backup and the Owls' kick and punt returner. He's averaging six yards a carry with 98 yards and a touchdown through two games this year.
Sep 23 - 11:29 AM

Rice junior RB Samuel Stewart is doubtful for Saturday's game against FIU due to bruised ribs.

Stewart bruised up his ribs midway through Saturday's loss to Houston. In two-plus games prior to going down injured, he had rushed for 156 yards while working to a 4.7 YPC clip. Nahshon Ellerbe and Emmanuel Esukpa are expected to see the bulk of work in his place against FIU on Saturday.
Sep 19 - 7:48 PM

Rice redshirt sophomore QB Jackson Tyner will start against FIU on Saturday.

Tyner draws the start in place of Sam Glaesmann, who is working through an injury to his non-throwing shoulder sustained against Houston on Saturday. After Glaesmann was knocked out, Tyner took over and finished up having completed 6-of-16 passes for 84 yards.
Sep 19 - 7:00 PM

Rice redshirt freshman QB Sam Glaesmann has been ruled out for Saturday's game against FIU due to an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

Glaesmann (6'3/210) suffered the injury in this past Saturday's loss to Houston. While he will sit against FIU on Saturday, the hope here is that the redshirt freshman will only miss that one contest. Said HC David Bailiff, "You hate that this happened to Sam but the good news is he will be back, possibly this week." Starting in his place on Saturday will be redshirt sophomore Jackson Tyner.
Sep 19 - 6:47 PM

Rice redshirt freshman QB Sam Glaesmann went 7-for-18 for 69 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 62-7 loss to Stanford in Sydney, Australia.

He also fumbled twice, but neither were lost. Glaesmann (6'3/210) won the starting job in mid-August over redshirt sophomore QB Jackson Tyner. Tyner got a cup of coffee in this one, but was no more effective in his limited action, going 3-for-6 for 26 yards.
Aug 27 - 2:05 PM

Rice junior RB Samuel Stewart had 15 carries for 71 yards in Saturday's 62-7 loss to Stanford in Sydney, Australia.

Stewart added three catches for 41 yards. He basically functioned as the Owls' only source of offense. That'll likely be the case going forward. The going will get easier once Rice gets into Conference USA play. Stewart led the Owls in rushing (479 yds) and touchdown receptions (three) last year despite missing nearly seven games with injuries.
Aug 27 - 1:20 PM

Rice named redshirt freshman QB Sam Glaesmann the starter for the coming season.

Glaesmann (6'3/210) entered August sitting behind redshirt sophomore QB Jackson Tyner on the depth chart, but a strong couple of weeks in preseason camp has propelled him into the starting spotlight. The dual-threat gunslinger was a two-star recruit for the 2016 cycle. He will make his collegiate debut against Stanford down in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, August 26.
Aug 15 - 1:36 PM

Rice junior RB Samuel Stewart led the team with 14 carries for 57 yards in the spring game.

"I thought [Stewart] made elite runs all spring," coach David Bailiff said. "I’m pleased with all of our running backs." Stewart returns as Rice's leading running back after leading the squad in rushing (479 yds) and touchdown receptions (3) last year despite missing nearly seven complete games with injuries. He also tied for the team lead with six total touchdowns and was second in all-pupose yards (721).
Jul 13 - 6:00 PM

Rice hired Nebraska defensive backs coach Brian Stewart as DC.

Prior to his stint in Lincoln, Stewart was the defensive coordinator at Houston from 2010-2011 and at Maryland for the three years after that. He was also the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator from 2007-2008, and an assistant with the Texans, Chargers and Eagles. His mentors are NFL defensive gurus Dom Capers and Wade Phillips, who taught him the 3-4 defense. Rice went 3-9 last year and allowed 37.3 points per game, so Stewart has his work cut out for him.
Jan 12 - 4:01 PM

Rice HC David Bailiff will return for the 2017 season.

Rice opened the season on a six-game losing streak, making their 3-3 finish look positively radiant. Bailiff met with AD Joe Karlgaard on Monday to discuss his future. In a statement, Karlgaard said, "Our ambitions remain very high. We expect to be competitive in every game and to compete for conference championships." Bailiff oversaw a Conference USA title in 2013 but Rice has failed to achieve bowl eligibility in either of the past two seasons.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Rice redshirt senior RB Darik Dillard rushed for 124 yards on 14 carries in Friday's 38-10 loss to Baylor.

Entering action on Friday, Dillard had rushed for 71 yards on 17 carries. He almost doubled that production against Baylor. 59 of his 124 yards came on a long, non-touchdown resultant run. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder averaged a smooth 8.9 YPC in the defeat. He will try for similar results against North Texas next Saturday.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:51:00 PM

Bears signed Rice CB Bryce Callahan.

Callahan (5'10/184) started all four years for the Owls, piling up 13 interceptions, 14 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. Although Callahan is undersized and overaged for a rookie -- he'll turn 24 in October -- he is a highly explosive athlete with a 4.32 forty time, 43 1/2-inch vertical, and 11-foot broad jump. Callahan is a bit of a tweener, as he lacks the bulk to handle big perimeter wideouts and is short on physicality, hurting Callahan's chances of flourishing in the slot. Callahan must add weight to become a meaningful NFL contributor.
Mon, May 4, 2015 06:44:00 PM

Broncos signed Rice WR Jordan Taylor.

Taylor (6'4/209) was a three-year starter for the Owls, piling up 175 career receptions for 2,585 yards (14.8 YPR) and 20 TDs. He made second-team All-Conference USA as both a junior and senior. Taylor showed well at the Rice Pro Day, running 4.52 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Although Taylor needs to get stronger, he's something of a sleeper with outside and slot experience, plus size, and sneaky vertical ability.
Sun, May 3, 2015 09:35:00 PM

Texans selected Rice DT Christian Covington with the No. 216 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Covington (6'2/289) earned first-team All-Conference USA as a sophomore before missing all but seven games in 2014 due to a dislocated kneecap. He still went pro after racking up 13 career sacks and 28 TFLs. Covington was healthy enough to perform at the Owls' Pro Day, where he shined with forty times of 4.89/4.91, adding an impressive 9-foot-3 broad jump and 30 1/2-inch vertical. When healthy, Covington flashed power and penetration skills at Rice, with the ability to both two gap and rush the quarterback. Not yet 22 years old, Covington offers sneaky-high upside as an interior disruptor.
Sat, May 2, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Rice DT Christian Covington "has a quick burst off the ball and is functionally strong enough to compete for early playing time despite his lack of ideal size," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Covington was coming on as a prospect before dislocating his kneecap in 2014, throwing a wrench into his NFL evaluation. "The question with Covington isn't talent or effort, only health. If his knee is OK'd by doctors, Covington could prove quite a Day Three steal," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Covington has a 4.90 40-yard dash, a 30.5" vertical jump and a 9-3" broad jump.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 09:44:00 AM

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