Southern Miss 44, Rice 28
Coach Bailiff held his first press conference of the year in advance of fall practice.
Football holds annual banquet.
Chris Thurmond previews the Owls defense
Eight Owls honored on preseason list
Rice dropped a 14-13 decision to UTSA on October 15.
Rice faced Southern Miss in Hattiesburg on October 1.
Rice opened the 2016 home schedule by dropping a 38-10 decision to Baylor.
Rice fell to 4-7 with the loss to the Roadrunenrs
Rice defeated Fresno State 30-6 in the 2014 Hawai'i Bowl
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.
Furious Finish Falls Short
10/15/2016 - Looking to break into the win column for the first time in 2016, the Rice Owls seemed poised to write their own miraculous addition to a college...
David Bailiff UTSA Press Conference quotes
10/10/2016 - After an open week, David Bailiff gave the media an update on injuries and also looked ahead to Saturday's home game with UTSA at Rice Stadium.
Big Plays Doom Owls
10/02/2016 - Sam Stewart rushed for a career-high 132 yards and scored three touchdowns, but Rice could not hold off the big play proficiency of Southern Miss...
Dillard Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist
09/28/2016 - Rice senior running back Darik Dillard is one of 156 college football players to be named a semifinalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy...
David Bailiff Press Conference Quotes
09/26/2016 - Coach Baillif held his weekly press conference to begin Southern Miss week.
Owls Rally Falls Short in Second Overtime
09/24/2016 - Tyler Stehling threw for 232 yards and added 92 on the ground, but the Rice Owls saw their hopes for a comeback win thwarted on a fourth down stop ...
PHOTO GALLERY: Brian Patterson Sports...
09/23/2016 - Rice officially dedicated the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center on September 23rd.
CUSA TV Makes Rice Stadium Debut on Saturday
09/23/2016 - Live video coverage of Rice Football will enter a new phase on Saturday when the Owls game against North Texas is streamed live on CUSA TV by...
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