Rice faced Texas A&M at Minute Maid Park on March 2
Wayne Graham said -"Connor showed great improvement late in the fall. Right now he is backing us up at all four infield positions. I think he'll play a lot."
At Rice - 2013: Conference USA Hitter of the Week (March 18); Appeared in 41 games with 29 starts as a true freshman... Was thrust into the starting lineup in the third week of the season when when veteran third baseman Shane Hoelscher was sidelined for more than a month with a hand injury... Ended up making a total of 23 starts at the hot corner where he jump-started the offense in the early going... Went 16-for-36 in his first 10 games as the starting third baseman for an eye-opening .444 average that was a full 84 points higher than the next-closest hitter over that same stretch... Highest in-season batting average reached .383 through the team's first 20 games... Moved across the diamond to first base when Hoelscher returned and promptly went 3-for-3 with an RBI, a double and a walk in a start against longtime rival Texas Tech... Starting assignments were 23 times at third base, five at first base, and once as the designated hitter... The Owls went 17-6 in his starts at third base... Batted as high as fourth in the lineup three times and was the No. 5 hitter six times... Collected two or more hits in a game seven times, including a career-best 4-for-4 day at home against future Conference USA foe La Tech... Batted .308 (16-for-52) with a steady .397 on-base average in 20 home games at Reckling Park... Something of a "Night Owl" who batted .286 in all evening games, the third-highest average on the team... Longest hitting streak of the year was four games... Reached base safely in eight-straight contests during one stretch... Proved to be the toughest Owl to get to end an inning, maintaining a team-best .414 average in 29 at bats where there were already two outs recorded... Posted a career-best two RBI in a game three different times... Fielding percentage was .927 for the full season and .886 at third base... Recorded a career-high seven defensive assists at third base in a C-USA win over Tulane, and only one Owl had more assists in any game all year (Ford Stainback had eight in a game, twice)... Involved in a total of 16 double plays from his spots on the infield corners, including 10 at first base and six times at third.
High School - A 2012 graduate of Fort Bend Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, just southwest of Houston... Helped lead the Cougars to a 30-7 record and to the 5A Region III finals before falling to the eventual state champion... Two-time first team all-district shortstop who batted .402 with 41 runs scored, 32 RBI and 23 stolen bases as senior... Went 4-1 on the mound with a 1.65 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 29.2 innings... Earned honorable mention all-state accolades after a sensational junior season where he batted .467 with six home runs and 32 RBI... Posted a 3-1 pitching record with a 1.80 ERA in 2011... Four-year starter for head coach Marc Jones... Versatile athlete who was also a varsity basketball letterman as a freshman.
Personal - Full name: Connor Harris Teykl... Born: October 20, 1993, in Sugar Land... Parents: Brian and Tibby Teykl of Sugar Land (one brother)... Father was a football letterman at the University of Houston in 1983-84... Older brother, Trevor, has joined him on the Owls the season... College: Baker