Rice -- Talented veteran who was a major contributor at cornerback...Student Owl Club member.
2006: Made the 19th and final start of his career in the New Orleans Bowl, and was credited with a pair of tackles along with his third career interception.....Second on the team with 13 career pass breakups, including a pair this year at Tulane.... Biggest game of the year came in a start at Tulsa for the injured Ja'Corey Shepherd...credited with six tackles in the Owls double overtime victory....Lead the team with six career forced fumbles...Made his first start of the year vs. UAB and his second at Tulsa...credited with a season-high ffive tackles at Tulsa.....Has broked up three passes, tied for second on the team....Credited with a pair of ttackles against UAB.....Saw action against Army and was credited with one tackle. Broke up a pair of passes against Tulane.
2005: Played in all 11 games with four starts, including the last two games of the season... Credited with 24 tackles (20 primary), including one for a two-yard loss against Tulsa... Had a season-best five tackles at Texas, and also forced a fumble against the Longhorns... Had four pass deflections on the year, including two in the opener at UCLA... Also returned two punts for five yards, including a four-yard runback against SMU.
2004: Played in 10 games (nine starts) at cornerback... Had 18 tackles (15 primary) on the season, including one for a two-yard loss against Houston... Had his only interception of the season at San Jose State, returning the pick two yards, and had a pair of pass deflections against Fresno State... Had a season-high four tackles in the double-overtime loss at UTEP... Forced and recovered a fumble in the win over Houston, then forced another in the loss to Fresno State.
2003: Played in all 12 games and started the final three contests of the season to earn his first letter... Had 30 tackles (25 primary) on the season, including one for an eight-yard loss in the win over SMU... Had a 28-yard interception return in the win over UTEP... Had a top game in the victory at Louisiana Tech: 10 tackles (eight primary), two forced fumbles, one recovery and two pass deflections... On the season, forced three fumbles and had four pass deflections.
High School -- 2002 graduate of Madisonville Senior High... All-District 23-3A cornerback for coach Greg Morgan... All-Brazos Valley pick by the Bryan Eagle... Also the district MVP at quarterback as a senior... Honorable mention Class 3A all-state as a defensive back... Helped team to back-to-back bi-district playoff appearances in 2000 and 2001 with a combined 17-5 record... Made 34 tackles and intercepted two passes as a junior... Second-team all-district selection in basketball... District champion and regional qualifier in the triple jump.
Personal -- Full Name: William Lance Byrd... Born: July 11, 1984, at Madisonville... Parents: Richard and Sheila Byrd, Madisonville (one brother)... Rice Major: sports management/managerial studies... College: Hanszen.