Shoulder pads & Shorts
Days to Kickoff: 15
Current Owls Birthdays: Aston and Austin Walter (20)
Former Owls Birthdays: Bruce Gadd, three-year letterman quarterback (1970-72) and Jason Hebert, four-year letterman (1999-02) and a three-time All WAC defensive back who still ranks seventh at Rice in career tackles (300) and interceptions (10).
In Brief: Weather delayed the start of Wednesday's practice by approximately 45 minutes as the new sod both inside the stadium and outside the Patterson Center continues to get a good soaking.
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Quote of the Day:
Offensive Tackle Sam Pierce: "The biggest difference for me in this camp has been mentally. I try to come prepared for each practice and I'm thinking about it 24 hours a day. Last year in camp it was great being behind Caleb (Williams) who was an awesome player and kind of a mentor to me and Calvin (Anderson). Going into game weeks as a two (second team) last year was kind of a funny feeling because you know that you are one play away from going in. It was a big difference mentally when I was going to start those games at the end when Caleb was banged up. I feel more confident knowing that I am the starter, knowing that I am the guy, knowing that you are going to go in ready to do what you have to do and what you are here to do. Stepping into a starting role, you definitely feel a little more pressure, but it's a good type of pressure. It forces you to focus in on things more. It's really a role reversal for me. I'm stepping into the role that Caleb had last year and Matt (Terrill) is in the spot I was in. He is having an awesome camp and I am just trying to remind him that you never know what is going to happen. He's been having a great camp getting ready to be the guy if that time comes."
Up Next: The second scrimmage of camp is set for Thursday morning.