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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.
Nov 10 - 6:56 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.
Nov 6 - 9:32 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.
Aug 25 - 9:59 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.
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'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.
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

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