Wayne Graham said --"Taylor is still evolving as a pitcher, and we've made some additions to his arsenal. We expect Taylor to play a strong role this year."
Rice -- 2012: Finished second on the staff with 29 appearances, all out of the bullpen... Unselfishly served a critical bullpen role for the team as the Owls' lone southpaw on the staff (as injuries held back Rice's other left-handed options)... Tied for third on the team in wins (6), was fourth in opponent's batting average (.227) and fifth in innings (61.1)... Averaged 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings and maintained a 2.1-to-1 K's-to-walks ratio... Pitched in 13 Conference USA games, holding league opponents to an austere .193 average... Came off the bench to pitch a season-long 5.0 innings against a New Mexico State team that went to play in the NCAA Tournament... Posted wins over New Mexico State, Texas A&M, Dallas Baptist, Tulane, Florida International and crosstown rival Houston... After earning a win in a Friday road game Tulane, he came back two days later and pitched 3.0 shutout innings for a save against the Green Wave... During one stretch of the season he recorded a total of 20.2 innings in 10 appearances over a 14-game span where he allowed just one earned run and struck out 18... Senior who closed-out his career with 19 collegiate wins and 205 strikeouts in 275.2 innings... 2011: Appeared in 14 games with five starts... Finished seventh on the team in innings (35.0)... Maintained a 1.76 ERA in five C-USA appearances... Pitched at least 2.0 innings in relief six different times... Team won all five games he started, with the bullpen opportunistically picking up four of the victories after he left the game... Left a 1-1 game against Conference USA foe Tulane after a season-long 5.1 innings of work, only to watch the Owls immediately rally for 11 unanswered runs... Allowed one run and struck out a season-high four in 3.2 innings on the road at Sam Houston State... Fired 3.0 scoreless innings on the road at NCAA Regional-bound East Carolina, and 3.0 innings of one-hit relief at UAB... 2010: All-Conference USA (second team); All-Silver Glove Series; Pitched in 17 games with a team-leading 15 starts, tied for the third-most starts in Conference USA... Led C-USA with the lowest opponents' batting average in the league (.233)... Finished among the C-USA's top ten with a 4.45 in ERA (8th) and 85.0 innings (9th)... Led the Owls in strikeouts (61)... Averaged 6.5 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per 9.0 innings... Tied a career-high with nine strikeouts (and no walks) in 7.0 innings against C-USA foe East Carolina, but left the game early with Rice holding a comfortable 20-3 lead... Fanned eight in 7.1 innings facing No. 3 Texas before a crowd of 10,706 downtown at Minute Maid Park... Surrendered just two runs on five hits in that solid start against the Longhorns, but was the Owls' pitcher of record in a 2-1 final score... Went 0-4 in his first five starts against a rugged list of opponents that included four teams that went on to play in NCAA Regionals (Texas, Stanford, California and San Diego)... Fifth start in that list was a no-decision in a Rice win against Nebraska where he allowed just three runs over 7.0 innings, but the Owls pushed across the go-ahead run late after had already left the game... Worked into the sixth inning of a start nine times... Fired a brilliant, one-hit complete game shutout with seven strikeouts against crosstown rival Houston in the opening game of the C-USA weekend series... First pitcher in the Owls' rotation for weekend series nine different times, including Opening Day at Stanford (and also the C-USA Tournament)... Went 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA in C-USA... Held league opponents to a .229 batting average... Maintained a 3.78 ERA when starting... Relief outings were at home against Texas and UAB... 2009: NCAA All-Regional Team (most outstanding player); Conference USA All-Tournament Team; All-Conference USA (freshman team); Solid inaugural season of Division I baseball... Worked his way into a regular spot in the weekend rotation and eventually led the pitching staff in starts (15), innings pitched (94.1) and strikeouts (77)... Posted wins over Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Memphis, Tulane and Marshall (twice)... Got the ball with Rice facing elimination in the NCAA Regional and fired a sensational, three-hit complete game shutout to defeat Kansas State and set up a one-game championship final... Scattered three singles, walked one and struck out four against KSU on the way to being named the regional's most outstanding player... Threw a three-hit complete game shutout against Marshall in the opening game of the C-USA Tournament, which was stopped after just seven innings and the Owls in front 13-0... Worked into the seventh inning of a game seven times... Pitched a total of 29.1 innings against teams ranked among the nation's Top 25, and held those elite opponents to a composite .214 batting average... Recorded the most innings on the staff against quality opponents that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament (45.0 ip)... Maintained a 2.05 ERA and a .167 opponents' average in four postseason appearances... Struck out a career-high nine batters in back-to-back outings against Tulane and East Carolina... Averaged 7.4 strikeouts and 3.5 walks per nine innings... Strikeouts-to-walks ratio (2.1-to-1) was the third-best on the staff... Consistently registered quality outings, but in his 15 starts the Owls: A) hit 25 points lower and supported him with an average of 2.1 fewer runs on offense, B) fielded at a .961 percentage on defense compared to a .974 pace in games he didn't start, and C) saw four decisions that were eventually attributed to the Rice bullpen after he already left the game... Entered out of the bullpen three times, Texas, Houston and LSU in the Super Regional... Earned first career save with two shutout innings at No. 4 Texas... Played summer ball in the the prestigious Cape Cod League for the Falmouth Commodores... Shared the team lead in wins (3) and maintained a 2.62 ERA in 34.1 innings over seven starts... Averaged 6.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Faced 135 opposing hitters in the famed wood-bat league and held those elite players to a composite .237 average.
High School -- A 2008 graduate of Westside High School in Houston... First team all-state selection as a senior by the Texas Sports Writers Association... Led the Wolves to the best season in the program's young history, a 30-5 record on the way to the Region III finals of the 5A state tournament... Named the All-Greater Houston pitcher of the year by the Houston Chronicle after posting a 14-1 record with an 0.64 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 86.2 innings... Threw three shutouts, including a no-hitter, in the team's run through the 2008 state tournament... Shared the District 20-5A most valuable player award with Lamar High School's Anthony Rendon, a Rice teammate for three seasons... The Wolves went 111-24 in Wall's four years as a varsity letterman under coach Emrick Jagneaux.
Personal -- Full Name: Douglas Taylor Wall (prefers middle name). Born: January 8, 1990 in Houston. Parents: J.N. and Carrie Wall of Houston (one brother, one sister). College: Brown.