Owls blast UTEP 44-24 on Senior Day
Downs Rice 42-25
Throws for 407 yards and five toucdowns
Met with the media on Monday
Coach Bailiff held his first press conference of the year in advance of fall practice.
Rice ended the 2016 season by taking on Stanford on November 26
Rice downed UTEP 44-24 on Senior Day 2016
Rice rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat Charlotte 22-21 on November 12.
Rice hosted FAU at Rice Stadium on November 5.
Rice faced Louisiana Tech on October 29
Explosive threat who enjoyed a productive sophomore season.
Only running back to see action in all 12 games... Tied for team lead with six touchdowns, led with 327 yards in kick returns and with 721 all-purpose yards and third with 343 yards rushing. .. Sixth on the Rice career list with 47 kickoff returns and seventh with 979 return yards... James Sykes (52) is fifth on the return chart, while Shane Turner (1,021) is next on the yardage list... Posted season highs with 74 yards rushing and 180 all-purposes yards at LA Tech... Scored a career-high three touchdowns against Prairie View, catching his first two career TD passes and adding a third on the ground... Scored a career-long, 37-yard TD run at Army... Returned three kicks for 65 yards vs. Baylor and has 205 career returns vs. the Bears in two games.
Earned Conference USA All-Freshman honors in his initial campaign... Led Owls with 1,097 all-purpose yards , 652 kickoff return yards, 5.8 rushing yards per carry and was second with 437 yards rushing... Recorded 241 all-purpose yards vs. Southern Miss, including 176 KO return yards (seventh best in school history)... Returned nine kickoffs (tied for second at Rice)... Eighth in C-USA in kickoff returns with a 21.4 average... Ranks fifth on the Rice season chart with 622 KO return yards... Averaged 35 yards on 4 returns vs. Baylor including a long of 74, the longest return by an Owl since Jeremy Eddington took one back 97 yards at UTEP in 2013... Topped 100 yards rushing and compiled 189 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut vs. Wagner.
Crosby High School
Joins his twin brother Aston at Rice after dominating District 19-4A over the last three years... District 19-4A Player of the Year and a member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football's All Texas High School Team... Two-time, All-State selection... Ran for 2,704 yards on just 201 carries and scored 34 touchdowns as a senior and completed his career with 6,062 yards rushing (on 613 carries) and 71 touchdowns in addition to catching 66 passes for 860 yards and seven scores... A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football's Texas Top 300 and on the Houston Chronicle Top 100 as a running back.
Full name: Austin Rashad Walter... Born: Aug. 17, 1996 at Houston... Parents: Anthony and Dian Walter (one brother)... Rice College: Lovett.
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