Billy Lynch previews the Owls offense
Bauer, Gaines, Kutzler, McHargue and Petersen named captains
All-Texas College Owls
MSU downs Rice 44-7 in 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Gaines named for second consecutive year
Rice and UTEP meet for the 20th time on Saturday.
A second gallery of photos from the 2013 C-USA Football Championship
Rice defeated Marshall 41-24 to win the C-USA Championship on December 7.
More photos from the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Rice clinched the C-USA West title with a 17-13 win over Tulane on November 30, 2013
Powerful runner who turned in a dominant performance as a senior.
First-team All Conference USA selection... C-USA's leading rusher (113.8/gm) and scoring (8.2/gm)... First Owl to lead the league in rushing since Michael Perry led the WAC in 1997... Has rushed for a career-high 1,252 yards this year, fourth-best in school history... Scored twice vs. Marshall to become sixth Owl to score more than 200 points.... Tied with Robbie Beck for fifth... Has 14 rushing touchdowns, which are tied for second... Has run for 2,052 yards in his last two seasons, best mark since Trevor Cobb ran for 3,078 in 1991-92(1,692/1,386)... Averaging 6.2 per carry, best mark by a leading rushing since Quinton Smith averaged 6.4 in 2005... Tied the C-USA record with five rushing touchdowns vs. La Tech... rushed for a career-best 215 yards, 8th best total in school history... C-USA Offensive Player of the Week and one of the College Football Performance Award Players of the Week for his efforts vs. La Tech... Now has 2,661 career yards, second all-time at Rice... Has seven 100-yard games in nine starts this year and 11 games in his career. .. Seven 100-yard games ranks third at Rice... Has run for 874 in last seven games.
Led the Owls in rushing, with a career-best 800 yards and topped 100 yards three times, closing the regular season with a career-best 154 yards on 23 carries at UTEP... Added 98 yards receiving to lead the team with 898 all-purpose yards... Topped 100 for the first time with a 116-yard effort at Louisiana Tech, highlighted by a career-long 64-yard run... Ran for 117 yards on 16 carries vs. UTSA... Owls' active leader with 1,409 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns and needs just 97 yards to crack the Rice career top 20... Switching to No. 12 as a senior as part of the Owls Honor Jersey initiative, saluting Stahle Vincent who was one three players who became the first African-American players at Rice, in addition to become the first African-American quarterback in the SWC in 1969
Missed the remainder of the season after suffering an injury at Southern Miss... Moved into eighth on the Owls career KO return list one return for 12 yards at Baylor and needs 15 yards to move into 7th... Rushed four times for 20 yards and returned five kicks for 125 yards in the opener at Texas... Named to the College Football Performance Awards Watch List for kick returners prior to the season.
Became a force on kickoff returns over the final three games of the season to move into the national rankings. Ranked third in C-USA and ninth in the country with a 29.06 yard average on 17 kickoff returns... Shattered the school record by totaling 261 yards on seven kickoff returns at Tulane in his first duty of the season... C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts... Fell nine yards shy of the conference single-game record... Total allowed the Owls to set a C-USA record with 344 total kickoff returns in the game... Opened the second half of the game with a 64-yard return, the longest by an Owl since Clint Hatfield returned on 78 yards in 2001... Finished the day with 264 all-purpose yards, the fifth-best total in school history, just one yard shy of Dicky Maegle's famous Cotton Bowl effort against Alabama in 1954 (TrevorCobb holds the record with 295)... Scored the winning touchdown for the Owls at North Texas with a two-yard run with 6:22 to go... Also scored the Owls' final points against Texas, a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Earned All C-USA Freshman honors (coaches and Rivals.com) after leading the Owls in rushing and scoring... first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since Trevor Cobb in 1989... Topped 100 yards for the first time in his career, rushing for 105 yards on 10 carries and a pair of touchdowns vs. Houston.... Joined with Tyler Smith to give the Owls a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time bsince 2005... Finished with 11 rushing touchdowns this season, the most in C-USA by a freshman running back and fourth among all freshmen at the conclusion of the regular season... 11 rushing touchdowns were the most by an Owl since Ed Bailey ran for 12 in 2004... Ran for three short TDs vs. UTEP, his second, three-touchdown effort this year... The first Owl to have a pair of three-rushing TD games since Greg Henderson in 2004... Posted a career-best 146 all purpose yards vs. the Miners, including a career-best, 36-yard KO return... Rushed for a career-best 90 yards on 17 carries vs. Tulane... Ripped off a career-best run of 54 yards vs. UCF, longest by an Owl running back since Justin Hill scored on a 54-yard run vs. Southern Miss in 2007... Had a 48-yard TD run against Vanderbilt, and is the first Rice RB to have two rushes of 48 yards or more since Quinton Smith had three in 2006... Became the first Owl in three years to rush for three scores in a game when he scored on three short runs at Oklahoma State taking a direct snap from center... Earned his first career start vs. Navy... Carried the ball a career-best 13 times vs. Tulsa... Made his debut at UAB and rushed for 37 yards on five carries and returned one kickoff for 15 yards.
Clemens High School
Two-time, All-District 26-4A and All-San Antonio for Coach Greg Ferrera at Clemens ... Ran for 1,413 yards and 11 touchdowns ... caught 22 passes for 455 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Hot 300 and ranked as one of the top 20 running backs in 2008 ... Ran for 1,259 yards and 14 TDs as well as caught 20 passes for 424 yards and seven scores as a junior ... Honorable mention All-State as a junior ... Two-time regional qualifier in the 200 meters, long jump, triple jump and as members of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Full Name: Charles Anthony Ross... Born: June 12, 1991 at San Antonio, Texas. .... Parents: Phillip and Norma Ross, San Antonio. ...(one brother, one sister)... Rice major: Economics.
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