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ESPN's Ivan Maisel reports that North Carolina Central HC Jerry Mack has been hired to serve as Rice's offensive coordinator.

In the FBS ranks, Mack has previously acted as wide receivers coach for Memphis (2011) and South Alabama (2012-13). He's put up a 31-15 record with North Carolina Central since taking over as head coach prior to the 2014 season. He is well-acquainted with Rice HC Mike Bloomgren, having worked with him at Delta State in the mid-2000's.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 8 - 10:40 PM

ESPN's Ivan Maisel reports that Rice has hired Michigan DB coach Brian Smith to serve as defensive coordinator.

Smith initially joined HC Jim Harbaugh's staff in the winter of 2016 after spending the previous eight seasons working on the staffs of the Philadelphia Eagles (2015) and Jets (2007-14). Under his watchful eye, Michigan's pass defense has been among the best in the country over the past two seasons. His defensive-coordinating gig on new Rice HC Mike Bloomgren's staff will be the highest-profile job he's received at the collegiate level.
Dec 8 - 10:01 PM

Rice will hire Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren as head coach.

The 40-year-old Bloomgren has served as the Cardinal’s offensive coordinator for the past five seasons and its OL coach the two seasons before that, coaching Andrew Luck and Christian McCaffrey along the way. Before that, he spent four years with the New York Jets. Bloomgren replaces David Bailiff, who went 5-7, 3-9 and 1-11 over the last three years after winning the Conference USA title in 2013.
Source: Yahoo
Dec 5 - 1:20 PM

Rice and head coach David Bailiff have parted ways and the team will make a new hire ahead of the 2018 season.

Bailiff's 10-year tenure at Rice is uncommon at the college level. The program during that time produced highs and lows, including a 10-3 season in 2008 and a 10-4 season in 2013. The program went downhill after that, however, as Rice finished 1-11 this year.
Nov 27 - 10:25 AM

Rice junior RB Samuel Stewart was carted off the field with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter of Saturday's game against North Texas.

Stewart was done for several minutes before being assisted off the field via backboard and cart. Unless this injury concern is less serious than initially thought, the junior will likely not return to Saturday's contest. Austin Walter figures to see the bulk of carries for the remainder of the game.
Nov 25 - 2:31 PM

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


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