2017 Training Camp
Rice picked up its first win of 2017 in El Paso on September 9
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
Rice defeated Prairie View 65-44
Commanding presence along the defensive front... Preseason All C-USA third team by Athlon and Phil Steele on defense and a first-time pick by Steele at deep snapper... C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2016 & 2017).
True sophomore who led the defensive line with 41 tackles and was second with 5.5 TFL... Also served as the deep snapper on punts and led team with six tackles on punt returns in addition to setting up the Owls’ second TD at Charlotte by recovering a fumbled punt... Shared his career first sack vs. North Texas and finished with two on the year.... Credited with a career-high seven tackles (six unassisted) at Army.... Made his second career start in the opener at WKU and was credited with five tackles.
True freshman who was pressed into immediate duty after injuries on the line and has contributed tackles in seven of eight games... Recorded 14 tackles including two TFL... Made his first career start vs. Southern Miss... Credited with a season-best three tackles vs. Army.
Hardin Jefferson High School
Defensive MVP and All-District 9-4A DII pick for coach Dwayne Dubois... Named to the Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Team... One of two Hawks to sign with the Owls, joining defensive tackle Roe Wilkins... Credited with 145 tackles as a senior, including 20 for loss (eight sacks)... Had 417 tackles, 24 sacks, blocked four punts and two PATs in his career... Four-year starter... District champion in shot and discus as a junior... National Honor Society member.
Full name: Blain Michael Padgett.. Born: January 27 at Beaumont... Parents: Mical and Wyndi Padgett (two sisters)... Father was a linebacker at Texas from 1987-91 and returned a fumbled punt for a touchdown vs. Oklahoma in 1989... Rice major: SportManagement... Rice College: Lovettt