Rice became bowl-eligible for the second time in as many years in the Owls' 45-7 victory over UTEP.
Oct. 26, 2013
Solid performer in the defensive backfield... Two-time member of C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Credited with a career-high 2.5 TFL... Came up with key early stop vs. UAB, stopping a 4th-and-1 effort... Missed career-best tackle effort by one, finishing with eight vs. Texas A&M... Switched to No. 40 this season to honor former Owl Bucky Allshouse... One of two Rice student-athletes to serve on the search committee for Rice's new Director of Athletics, joining All-America tennis player Natalie Beazant.
2012 Returned to action after an injury redshirt in 2011 and reached new career bests while starting the last five games.... Sixth on the team with 30 unassisted tackles and tied for 10th with 40 total stops... Set up the Owls' first touchdown in the Armed Forces Bowl with his first fumble recovery... Moved into starting spot at strong safety vs. Tulsa when Malcolm Hill returned to corner after Bryce Callahan was injured... Credited with seven stops at Tulsa, including the Owls' first fourth down stop of the season... Established career bests for unassisted (8) and total tackles (9) the following week vs. Southern Miss... Picked off his first career pass at Tulane and returned it 55 yards for his first collegiate touchdown... Named "Mr. Rice" while representing Brown College in the annual competition between residential colleges.
Saw his streak of appearing in the first 16 games of his college career end when he was held out of the Memphis game with an injury... Saw action on special teams and at safety in the first four games... Credited with his first tackle of the year at Baylor.
Led the team with nine tackles on kickoff coverage... Credited with a season-high eight tackles against UTEP... Picked up a pair of tackles, including sharing his first tackle for loss, vs. Northwestern... Credited with his first career tackle at North Texas... Saw action as a reserve against Texas in the opener at Reliant Stadium.
San Antonio MacArthur High School
All Greater San Antonio by the San Antonio Express News and a unanimous All District 26-5A selection for coach Van Fuschak at San Antonio MacArthur... Had 89 tackles (three for loss) and one interception as a senior... Member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300... Second team Academic All State selection... Served as an officer in MacArthur's chapter of the National Honor Society.
Full Name: Gabriel Leo Baker... Born: Oct. 29, 1991 at Dallas, Texas... Parents Monzell and Ria Baker, San Antonio (one brother, one sister)... Plays the cello and performed at the 2011 Night of the Owl Awards Night... Rice major: Rice major: Civil & Environmental Engineering.