8:52 AM EDT, Thu September 03, 2015

Rice senior safety finally gets his chance to start

Hundreds of snaps? Check. Knowing the defense? Check. Ability to read the offense? Check. 39 games of experience? Check. Senior safety Zach Espinosa is Rice’s most veteran defensive player. On Saturday against Wagner, he will play his 40th game, but it will be his first start.  “Zach’s going to be a four-year letterman after this year,” Owls

Rice coach David Bailiff enters ninth season at helm

David Bailiff is entering his ninth season at the helm of the Rice football team. Year 1 doesn’t seem that long ago, though, to Bailiff. On Saturday, when the Owls host Wagner, the opposing sideline will hold a first-year coach in the Seahawks’ Jason Houghtaling. Bailiff reflected briefly on his first year and the start

Freshman starters on both sides of ball highlight Rice football depth chart

A freshman sits at the top of the depth chart on both sides of the ball for the Rice football team this season. Redshirt freshman Calvin Anderson will start at left tackle while redshirt freshman J.T. Ibe will start at free safety among a younger secondary. Jack Fox, also a true freshman, is listed as

Rice football camp report: Notes from Owls’ second scrimmage

– Left guard Andrew Reue, who is supposed to miss four weeks with a lower leg injury, is already off crutches. He wore a brace and a compression sleeve around his leg on Saturday. – Several other players did go down during Rice’s scrimmages. All of them had to be helped off the field and […]

No. 5 Texas A&M tops Rice women’s soccer in season opener

Rice freshman midfielder Dominique Mazero saw an early taste of what her future in college soccer could be on Friday. Mazero first entered the Owls’ opener against Texas A&M in the second minute after Rice standout and forward Lauren Hughes received a cut above her right eye. Mazero was subbed out when trainers finished bandaging […]

QB Driphus Jackson lands on another preseason watch list

Rice quarterback Driphus Jackson said on Saturday at the scrimmage that maybe he performs his best in front of a crowd. If that continues all season, he may be added to more than just watch lists. He could be winning them. On Wednesday, Jackson was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list, […]

Rice women’s soccer looking for fast start to 2015 season

The Rice women’s soccer team refuses to ease into the 2015 season. After a Conference-USA championship in 2014, they’re kicking off this season at 7 p.m. on Friday against No. 5 Texas A&M at home. The Aggies made the College Cup last season. The Aggies are more than just a national powerhouse in soccer, though. […]

Rice football camp report: Aston Walter moved from corner to receiver

The Rice wide receivers owned Monday’s practice. Rookies and veterans made big plays and had the entire offense running down the field in celebration.  Here are some notes from today’s practice. – Aston Walter moved back to receiver from corner. Owls coach David Bailiff said offense is where they wanted Walter all along, but they switched […]

Rice product Christian Covington experiences first NFL preseason action

On Saturday, former Rice defensive tackle Christian Covington stood at his locker postgame and admitted what few NFL players do. He was captured by the magnitude of the moment: his first preseason game — and he was having trouble containing his excitement. Covington said after the game that he was nearly hyperventilating. At Bill O’Brien’s news […]

Senior QB Driphus Jackson looks sharp during Owls’ first scrimmage

Driphus Jackson thought maybe the best way for him to perform was in front of a crowd. After a week of up-and-down practices in an empty Rice Stadium, the senior quarterback looked stellar during the Owls’ first football scrimmage Saturday in front of a host of fans, parents, classmates and a high school football team. […]

Rice football karaoke vines

Rice football karaokes: I Believe I Can Fly. They are all mesmerized right now. https://t.co/bBrHRL0BVz — Stephanie Kuzydym (@stephkuzy) August 11, 2015 A Rice football offensive line karaoke tradition – complete with choreography https://t.co/2KWySbjwkI — Stephanie Kuzydym (@stephkuzy) August 11, 2015 A sample of Rice football karaoke https://t.co/RcL8yOq42P — Stephanie Kuzydym (@stephkuzy) August 11, 2015

Rice Report: Day 7 of football training camp

And on the eighth practice of 2015 for the Rice football team, fluffy clouds shaded the stadium field for a majority of the morning, but a heavy rain before practice caused high humidity. Eight practices, including two on Wednesday, were starting to show for Rice in ways both good and bad. Here are some notes […]

Rice football camp report: Day 6

As temperatures rose on Wednesday, so did the number of players who made trips to the sideline at Rice’s football practice. Wednesday was scheduled as a two-a-day but if temperatures rise near the 100s in the afternoon, the Owls will not be on the field for a second time. Notes from the morning: – Senior […]

Rice Report: Day 5

The Rice football team spent its first day in full pads Tuesday. Here are some notes from practice: – Senior quarterback Driphus Jackson looked like he was back on the upswing after not having a good day Monday. Jackson seemed more comfortable and in sync. – While the quarterbacks looked solid, the wide receivers dropped […]

Rice Report: Day 4

Rice football spent Monday on its main field since the construction on the north end zone creates a lot of dust that blows right onto the practice field. Here are some quick hits from practice: -Coach David Bailiff remains extremely impressed with his defense. “I like the attitude that they’re practicing with right now,” Bailiff […]