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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wasn't impressed with Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor's game tape.

"At arms length I was impressed by Rice receiver Jordan Taylor in 2013," Pauline wrote. "But when it was time to break down the film I witnessed a big bodied receiver who had lapses in concentration and was a poor blocker. Bottom line; right now a late round pick." In fact, the analyst pegs Taylor as a Rds. 5-6 prospect at the moment.
Aug 13 - 6:26 PM

Former LSU K James Hairston has transferred to Rice.

Hairston was with LSU for the least three seasons as primarily a kick off specialist. He will be eligible to help the Owls immediately after graduating from LSU.
Jul 22 - 10:37 AM

Rice redshirt senior CB Bryce Callahan "doesn't have ideal cornerback measureables," but his "relentless fight and toughness" are apparent on game film, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Callahan (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) and Phillip Gaines formed Conference USA's best CB duo last year. Now that Gained has moved onto the NFL (Round 3, Chiefs), Callahan, who led the Owls last season with 10 pass break-ups, will step into the spotlight. "Callahan doesn't have the same stout size as Gaines or his track-like speed, but he does exude the same toughness, strength and competitive nature and plays much bigger than he looks," wrote Brugler. "He has a smooth pedal with good quickness out of his breaks to attack in any direction, arriving at the ballcarrier with deceiving power"
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 4:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Bugler notes that Rice senior DT Christian Covington "compared very favorably to Timmy Jernigan" on tape.

"The British Columbia native lined up mostly as a one-technique defensive tackle for the Owls last season and on tape he compared very favorably to Timmy Jernigan, who was a second round pick this past May, Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-3, 295 pound Covington led the Owls in tackles for loss (11.5) in 2013 and earned First Team All-CUSA honors in his sophomore campaign. If Covington can refine his game as a junior, Brugler "wouldn't be a surprise if Covington earns top-40 grades from NFL scouts."
Source: CBB Sports
Jul 16 - 4:50 PM

Rice Senior DT Stuart Mouchantaf "suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and will miss the 2014 season" according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman

Mouchantaf was a solid performer for the Owls' defensive front last season, playing in eight games before suffering a knee injury. Mouchantaf was fifth on team with 33 tackles, and had 25 in his last five games that he played. Unfortunately for the Rice prospect, he reinjured his knee during rehab and will now be required to undergo additional surgery. Mouchantaf will be able to redshirt this season and plan for a return in 2015.
Jun 5 - 4:42 PM

Chiefs selected Rice CB Phillip Gaines with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Gaines (6-foot 3/8, 193) was a 40-game starter for the Owls, tallying a school-record 38 career pass breakups with 13 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He was a first-team All C-USA pick as both a junior and senior by the conference's coaches. In 2013, Gaines was targeted 40 times in the passing game, allowing just 13 receptions (32.5% completion rate). Gaines' stock soared when he ran 4.38 at the Combine with a 10-foot-2 broad jump and 36 1/2-inch vertical. Based on sheer athleticism and size, Gaines has upside to grow into a borderline No. 1 NFL cornerback. There have been rumors the Chiefs are looking to move on from Brandon Flowers, so Gaines could see some playing time early.
May 9 - 10:46 PM

Rice CB Phillip Gaines is visiting the Steelers on Thursday.

Gaines is a super athletic corner with great length. He flashed best when able to press and mirror receivers along the sideline. Expect Gaines to draw a second day pick, potentially event he second-round.
Apr 17 - 11:31 AM

Rice CB Phillip Gaines has upcoming visits scheduled with the Giants, Cardinals, Dolphins and Bills.

He's a favorite of both NFL.com's Charles Davis, who calls Gaines a top CB sleeper, and NFL Films' guru Greg Cosell. Gaines posted an official 4.38 forty at the NFL Combine, tying TCU's Jason Verrett for the second fastest CB time behind Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert. The 6-foot 1/4 and 193 pounder allowed only 13 completions on 40 targets in 2013.
Apr 11 - 4:29 PM

Rice's Phillip Gaines ranks as Charles Davis' top CB sleeper.

"Gaines was a star of the combine, putting up numbers comparable to those of Oklahoma State Justin Gilbert, who is considered the top corner in the draft," wrote Davis. "Gaines has good length, and has some strong believers. His defensive coordinator at Rice told me if he played at Alabama, we'd be talking about him as a first-round pick." Gaines (6-foot 1/4 and 193 pounds) tied TCU's Jason Verrett for the second fastest CB time (4.38) behind Gilbert. He also posted a 10-foot-2 broad jump, a 36 1/2-inch vertical, and 11 bench reps. A back-to-back first-team, All C-USA performer, Gaines allowed only 13 completions on 40 targets in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 9:42 PM

Rice CB Phillip Gaines posted an official 4.38 forty at the NFL Combine.

He tied TCU's Jason Verrett for the second fastest CB time behind Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert. Gaines (6-foot 1/4 and 193 pounds) also posted a 10-foot-2 broad jump, 36 1/2-inch vertical, and 11 bench reps. A back-to-back first-team, All C-USA performer, Gaines allowed only 13 completions on 40 targets in 2013.
Feb 25 - 7:30 PM

Rice signed coach David Bailiff to a new five-year contract.

Bailiff is fresh off his second 10-win season in Houston, leading Rice to its first conference football title in 56 years. Bailiff is 40-48 in seven seasons coaching the Owls. His new contract runs through 2018. Bailiff is "exactly the right leader for our football program," according to athletic director Joe Karlgaard.
Feb 16 - 1:18 PM

Rice sophomore QB Nate German, along with 13 BCS starters, will work with QB guru George Whitfield in March.

German only started for two seasons in high school and dealt with injuries during his final year. Whitfield has helped the career of so many quarterbacks, and it now seems that every passer works with the coach at some point during the process.
Feb 11 - 9:47 AM

Rice senior CB Phillip Gaines accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Gaines was suspended for the opener against Texas A&M for violating unspecified team rules, but he came back to have a spectacular season. He earned first-team, All C-USA honors for the second consecutive year. Gaines allowed only 13 completions on 40 targets in 2013. He's likely to go on the draft's third day.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Rice K Chris Boswell has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Boswell has made 62 of 82 career attempts, and has acted as Rice's kicker for the better part of two years. He has only attempted five field goals of over 50 yards this season, making two of them.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Rice senior CB Phillip Gaines and LB Cameron Nwosu will not play in the season opener against Texas A&M.

Gaines has been suspended for the contest for violating unspecified team rules. Nwosu is sidelined with a knee injury which took place during summer activities. Gaines' suspension is significant, as he was named Conference USA's defensive player of the year prior to the season. He finished with 18 pass breakups last season, good for second in the nation.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 12:11:00 PM


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