Faced with a tight schedule due to the annual O-Week Rally at Rice Stadium on Wednesday night, the Rice Owls were slated for a 4:30 practice on the grass field north of Rice Stadium......except no one got final clearance from Mother Nature.
A thunderstorm, complete with lightening bolts, pulled the Owls off the grass shortly after completing their stretching routines. After waiting out the requisite time for the electrical show to move on down the road, they made their way down to the turf at Rice Stadium (it rained just enough to make the grass field unsuitable), for a compressed practice session.
One roster development on the day. Junior Brian Stacey, who had made the move over to offensive line after lettering last year as a defensive reserve, returned to the defensive side of the ball.
"After Alex Lowry decided to leave the team, we knew this was something we probably were going to have to do," Rice head coach David Bailiff said. "We needed to get another veteran in the mix. We've got some good looking young linemen, but this gives us more experience," Bailiff added.
A short practice produces a smaller photo gallery, but here you go:
And as noted earlier on Twitter, Sam McGuffie has caught the fever for Mowhawks.....