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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

49ers selected Rice TE Vance McDonald with the No. 55 overall pick.

A late-riser in the pre-draft process, McDonald drew some comparison's to a poor man's Jason Witten. At 6-foot-4 1/8 and 267 pounds, he caught 107 passes for 1,386 yards (12.9 YPR) and 15 touchdowns over his final three college seasons, playing slot receiver in Rice's spread offense. McDonald showed physical blocking prowess, but is inexperienced as an in-line tight end. He is a very good athlete with a 4.69 forty time and 33.5-inch vertical. McDonald's biggest issue at Rice was dropped passes; he doesn't appear to have smooth, natural hands. He'll try to fill the Delanie Walker shoes.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah lists Rice TE Vance McDonald as his boom-or-bust prospect at the position.

"McDonald doesn't carry the off-field risk that most do on this list," Jeremiah writes. "His biggest issue is that he isn't a natural pass catcher... That is his only issue because he is an outstanding athlete and could emerge as the top tight end in this draft class." We've noticed the same issue, as McDonald tends to fight the football into his possession.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:16:00 AM

NFL network's Daniel Jeremiah is hearing Rice TE Vance McDonald could be an early to mid second-round selection.

If only he could catch. McDonald is a very intriguing mover and has plenty of experience working from the slot and blocking at the second level. However, his hands are very unreliable and teams will likely have him play some snaps inline. He reminds us a bit of Jermichael Finley.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 08:52:00 AM

NFL Network's Brian Billick compared Rice TE Vance McDonald to Dustin Keller.

"Similar build (and) athlete but inconsistent hands catcher," Billick tweeted. McDonald certainly does drop on target throws at times, but perhaps his biggest projection is the move to an inline alignment. He was a physical presence as a big slot receiver, but blocking longer and stronger defensive linemen might be more of a challenge.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 01:08:00 PM

The Eagles worked out Rice TE Vance McDonald on Monday.

NFL insider Adam Caplan notes that McDonald is expected to be drafted in the second-round. He has issues, namely inconsistent hands and a projection to any inline snaps, but McDonald shows athleticism in the open field as a receiver and a willingness to drive block on the edge.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 08:29:00 AM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt writes that Rice TE Vance McDonald could go in the Top 70 picks after his impressive pro day.

"McDonald stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He did, however, participate in the positional workout, in which he started slowly," Brandt writes. "He had a couple of drops, but then caught everything. McDonald — who is explosive in the hips — also looked good in the blocking drills. It was a good show for the fast-rising tight end prospect, who has risen from virtual obscurity to likely being selected somewhere between picks No. 50-70 in the 2013 NFL Draft. This player could be very good in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 04:22:00 PM


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