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Rice sophomore RB Nahshon Ellerbe rushed 19 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss at Old Dominion.

It wasn't quite 153 yards and four touchdowns like Ellerbe hung on Southern Miss last weekend, but it was still a pretty solid performance. He has managed to find the end zone six times this season, with five scores coming over the past two weekends. He'll try and finish up strong in the regular season finale next Saturday against North Texas.
Nov 18 - 5:22 PM

Rice sophomore RB Nahshon Ellerbe exploded for 22 runs, 153 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 43-34 loss against Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles defense had no answers for Ellerbe, who racked up an impressive 7.0 yards per carry. Not many saw this big game coming, as Ellerbe entered with just 44 attempts, 185 yards and one touchdowns in parts of 10 previous college games in his career. After this big performance the Owls should feed him against frequently in their trip to Old Dominion next Saturday.
Nov 11 - 7:26 PM

Rice freshman QB Miklo Smalls completed 14 of his 22 pass attempts for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's loss at UAB, and he also added 10 runs for a team-high 99 yards and a score.

The freshman burned his redshirt in his first game action on Oct. 7, but he had played sparingly to this point. Smalls showed his versatility with nice touches on mid-range passes, as well as his ability to run the ball and make defenders miss. While this season has been ugly for Rice, Smalls gives the offense a rather bright future if he can continue to progress.
Nov 4 - 7:03 PM

Rice redshirt freshman QB Sam Glaesmann completed just 7-of-16 passes for 187 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, and ran for 68 yards and two scores in a 42-28 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

We'll call this a mixed game for the redshirt freshman. Accuracy was not his thing on Saturday, and he threw a costly interception that was returned for a score and effectively eliminated the Owls at 42-28 with 36 seconds left. He did make some big plays through the air, and he showed his mobility on the aforementioned rushing touchdowns and yardage. It's another down year for Rice, but Glaesmann does offer some hope for the future.
Oct 28 - 6:36 PM

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


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