Senior Day 2016
The Owls gained 303 yards of offense.
Southern Miss 44, Rice 28
Coach Bailiff held his first press conference of the year in advance of fall practice.
Football holds annual banquet.
Rice ended the 2016 season by taking on Stanford on November 26
Per tradition, the members of the senior class were carried from the field after their last practice at Rice Stadium.
Rice downed UTEP 44-24 on Senior Day 2016
Rice dropped a 14-13 decision to UTSA on October 15.
Rice faced Southern Miss in Hattiesburg on October 1.
Leader of the Owls cornerback corps.
Made a career-high five starts and established career-bests with 29 tackles and four pass breakups in nine games... Credited with a career-high six stops vs. Southern Miss in his return to action... Credited with four tackles in the opener vs. Wagner... Preseason All C-USA fourth team by Phil Steele.
Preseason All C-USA fourth team by Phil Steele... Picked off his first career pass in the Hawai'i Bowl in addition to setting a career high with four unassisted tackles and matching his career-high in tackles (5)... Returned to action as the starter at the Dime corner over the later half of the season after missing the start of the year with an injury.. Posted his first five-tackle game vs. UTEP.
Redshirted but was twice named Scout Team Player of the Week.
One of eight true freshmen to play for the Owls... Saw action in 12 of 13 games... Early action was primarily on special teams, but stepped into the cornerback rotation when injuries created playing opportunities and also chipped in on kickoff returns late in the year... Had a pair of tackles at corner and added a third on punt coverage... Picked up both his tackles at corner vs. SMU... In addition to a punt coverage tackle at Memphis, recovered a Tulane fumble on a kickoff return to set up a Rice touchdown... Gave the Owls an early spark vs. Southern Miss with a 40-yard return on opening kickoff and then answered a Golden Eagle field goal with a 46-yard return to give Rice a short field that resulted in a touchdown... Named a finalist in the Southern Region for a National High School Scholar Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation... Teammate Alex Lyons was the region's winner.
Mays High School
Two-time, All-Metro and All-Region 6 AAAA selection for coach Dominic Calloway at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta... Three-year starter for the Raiders... Credited with 174 tackles, eight interceptions and 35 pass breakups in his career... Team captain as a senior... Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution "Georgia's Top 125"... Elected "Mr. Mays" as part of Homecoming as a senior... Play it Smart Student-Athlete of the Month for September, 2011... Runs track and led his 4x100 relay to a 4th place finish at the state championship ... Member of 1500+ SAT Club at Mays... Also active in his community... Helped organize and ship textbooks for children in Africa; distributed items to the homeless at Christmas; donated supplies to after-school programs; volunteered at soup kitchens; conducted arts and crafts activities with the Atlanta Union Mission; and donated and wrapped gifts for children in transitional housing... Named a finalist in the South region for the National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete Award, along with fellow Owl Alex Lyons.
Full Name: John Thomas Blasingame IV ... Born: July 27, 1993 at Atlanta, Ga. ... Parents: Dr. John Thomas and Katrina Blasingame (one brother; two sisters)... Rice college: Brown... Rice major: Kinesiology.
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