Rice 44, Southern Miss 17
More photos from the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
The Rice football seniors were carried from the field by their teammates after their final practice at Rice Stadium on Friday.
Rice defeated Kansas 23-14 at Rice Stadium on September 14.
Rice opened the 2013 season against Texas A&M in College Station
The Owls held their second scrimmage of 2013 training camp on Saturday, August 17
Stepped into a major role when called upon last season and delivered with solid play down the stretch of the Owls' drive to the Armed Forces Bowl.
Veteran who completed his recovery from an injury in 2010 by excelling in an expanded role at corner during the season... Finished with a career-high 20 tackles (15 solo), including 2.5 for loss and sharing a sack... Had tackles in 10-of-12 games... Led the team with five special teams... Top tackle game was four vs. SMU (one for loss) when called upon for expanded duty due to injuries.
Has seen action in 11 games on special teams and is tied for sixth on the squad with four special teams tackles (two each vs. Memphis and UTEP).
Moved into the cornerback rotation after a redshirt season and was establishing a role as a kick returning before a season-ending injury in the fourth week... Saw his season cut short when he suffered a season-ending injury against Baylor... Returned a pair of kickoffs for 40 yards vs. the Bears before his injury.. Racked up 66 yards on three kickoff returns vs. Northwestern... Saw action as a reserve in the first two games.
Hightower High School
All-District 24-5A selection for Coach Shane Hallmark while leading the Hurricanes to the championship game of Division 1 5A ... had an interception and forced a fumble in the championship game ... Named second- team All-Greater Houston ... Finished his senior year with 70 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions ... Three-year letterman during which the Hurricanes posted a 32-9 record ... Ran on Hightower's state champion 4x200 and runner-up 4x100 relays as a sophomore as the Hurricanes captured the 5A team title.
Full Name: Alex Francis... Born: January 3, 1991 at Houston, Texas... Parents: Alex and Andrea Francis, Missouri City... (one sister)...Four uncles played in the NFL (James Francis, Bengals, 90-98; Ron Francis, Cowboys, 87-90; Heath Sherman, Eagles, 89-93; and Lamar Lathon, Oilers & Panthers, 90-98) ... Rice major: Economics/Sport Management.