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The Sporting News' Chris Kouffman noted that Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor "flashed a unique ability to plant a leg and explode out of breaks" at Shrine Game practices.

"He cut his routes sharply and finished with fantastic catch radius," Kouffman wrote. "His body language and ability to complete challenging catches leave one wondering what he may do Saturday when he steps onto the artificial turf of Tropicana Field. Taylor is capable of highlight-reel plays, which is the primary reason he gets the nod over a player who clearly had a better practice week." The Owls' prospect has outstanding size at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, and is expected to run well in the forty. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he could be drafted in the middle rounds.
Jan 20 - 1:30 AM

Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor "has a tall, lanky frame and does a great job working back to the ball with quick hands and natural ballskills," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"A foot injury sidelined him for the start of 2014, but Taylor rebounded nicely with a team-best 54 catches for 842 yards and seven scores. He has a tall, lanky frame and does a great job working back to the ball with quick hands and natural ballskills," Brugler wrote. The Owls' prospect has ideal size for the next level at 6-foot-5, and weighing in at 210 pounds. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he could be drafted in the middle rounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 3:17 PM

Rice redshirt junior DT Christian Covington will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Covington first broke out in the opening game of the 2013 season against Texas A&M. We can't say he has duplicated that performance and Covington was lost for the season following knee surgery in mid-November. He's another prospect from Canada.
Jan 5 - 9:20 AM

Rice redshirt senior CB Bryce Callahan accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Callahan, who stepped out of Phillip Gaines' shadow this season, ranks fourth on the Rice career list with 12 interceptions. He recorded a career-high 38 tackles in 2013. Callahan "doesn't have ideal cornerback measureables," but his "relentless fight and toughness" are apparent on game film, notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. Callahan (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) could hear his name called on Day 3.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Taylor missed three games with a foot injury to begin the season, and he recorded only one catch in his return, but has since posted 48 catches for 780 yards and six touchdowns over the team's last eight games. The Owls' prospect has outstanding size at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, and is expected to run well in the forty. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he could be drafted in the middle rounds.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 05:04:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor has become more consistent this season.

Back in August, Pauline was writing about lapses in Taylor's concentration. The senior's made strides to improve this and Pauline has noticed improvements. Taylor was out with an injured foot for several games earlier this season. Pauline went so far as to say that the senior's been "impossible to stop" over the last three games, over which he's compiled 334 yards on 19 receptions. "Fast forty times as well as a clean bill of health on his foot could push Taylor into the middle rounds next April." This stands in stark contrast to Pauline's summer evaluation, which pegged Taylor as a fifth or sixth-rounder.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 06:56:00 PM
Zach Patt - DL - Owls

The play of Rice redshirt senior DE Zach Patt is generating a second look from at least one NFC scout.

"He caught my eye during the Notre Dame game, and I made a note to watch him again later. After last week, I am definitely going to take a closer look.," the scout said. The statement is noteworthy, as Patt made his first start of his career this season against Notre Dame. He has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 of which are sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:32:00 AM

Rice starting redshirt sophomore TE Connor Cella will miss 4-6 weeks due to a fractured rib.

The Owls open against Notre Dame and then face Texas A&M in their second contest after a week off. Cella, who stands at 6'3/240, caught 13 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in 14 games last year.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 09:59:00 AM

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.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 06:26:00 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.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:37:00 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
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 04:37:00 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
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 04:50:00 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.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 04:42:00 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.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:46:00 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.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:31:00 AM


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