January 28 in Orlando
Coach Bailiff held his first press conference of the year in advance of fall practice.
First rookie kicker with four field goals in playoffs
Scored 51 points for Steelers down the stretch
Scores 13 of 25 points in win
A second gallery of photos from the 2013 C-USA Football Championship
More photos from the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
The Rice football seniors were carried from the field by their teammates after their final practice at Rice Stadium on Friday.
The Rice Owls claimed a convincing 52-14 Conference USA victory over visiting LA Tech on Nov. 16, 2013.
Rice defeated Tulsa 30-27
The top long distance kicker in the country who will participate in the 2014 Senior Bowl... Named to Dave Campbell s Texas Football's All Texas College preseason team.
Will participate in the 2014 Senior Bowl... Three-time C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week this year... Second player in Rice history to top 300 career points... Just two points shy of the Rice career scoring record....Jarett Dillard holds record with 360... Drilled a 50-yd FG at NMSU, his 13th career kick of better than 50 yards vs. Kansas... No other active kicker has more than five from that range... Has kicked at least 11 field goals each season... 56-yarder to retake the lead vs. Kansas was his third from 55 yards or longer... Has at least one FG from 50 yards or more in each season... Tied for third on the C-USA career FG chart with 65. Holding opponents to starting at their 24 after his kickoffs, thanks to 54 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs... Held UTEP to a starting average of the 20... Preseason All-America pick by CBSSports.com and Groza Award Watch List for a third consecutive year.
One of the top kickers in the country who lead the nation in long distance field goals while re-writing the Rice kicking record book... Set school season records for field goals (23) and kick scoring (114) in addition to career records for field goals (51) and field goal attempts (67) and kick scoring (270)... Led C-USA in kick scoring and field goals and finished fourth overall in scoring... Tied for sixth nationally with 23 field goals and ranked 13th among active kickers with 51 field goals, second among underclassmen... 51 three-pointers also ranks 11th in C-USA history (Stephen Gostkowski of Memphis set the record with 70 from 2002-05) ... Lead the nation with six field goals from 50 yards or more and was 6x8 from that distance... His 11 career field goals from 50 yards or longer are nearly triple the total of the next highest returning kicker (Aaron Jones of Baylor has four)... Tied the NCAA record vs. SMU becoming the sixth kicker in history to hit three field goals of 50 yards or longer in a game...Three long kicks were part of a school-record five on the day... Had kicks from 57 (vs. Louisiana Tech to tie the school record) and 56 (vs. SMU) this year, making him the first kicker in conference history to have two kicks from 55 yards or better in a season (UTEP's Jose Martinez had a 64 yarder in 2008 and a 57 yarder in 2007)... Hit 9x12 field goals from 45 yards or longer ... First Rice kicker to have three season seasons with at least 10 field goals... Held opponents to only 27 kickoff returns, thanks to 49 touchbacks on 80 kickoffs... Only saw one go out of bounds while averaging 63.8 yards per kick... Finished 10th in C-USA punting, averaging 40.5 on 14 punts with a of 53 vs. Houston...Top punting effort was vs. Tulsa where he placed four of six punts inside the 20... Placed five of 14 punts on the year inside the 20...Named the Groza Award Watch List, Dave Campbell's Texas Football All Texas College preseason team, Phil Steele's All C-USA preseason first team and to the by College Football Performance Award Placekicker Trophy Watch List.
Groza Award Semifinalist who tied the Owls season record with a career-high 17 field goals in 2011... Now has 28 career field goals, which is tied for third (see charts). First team All C-USA by Rivals.com, second team by Phil Steele and Honorable Mention selection by C-USA coaches...Converted 17 of 21 field goals on the season (.810) Only misses came from 60, 54, 45 and 38 (slipping on rain soaked field)... His .810 percentage ranks third on the Rice season chart... Has converted 28 of 38 in his career and his .737 percentage would rank second in school history... In addition to his field goal success, led the team with 82 points this season (9th best in school history) and has 156 point in his career, which is tied with Froggy Williams for seventh on the Owls career list... Averaged 63.1 yds on 59 kickoffs and doubled the Owls' touchbacks from 2010 (14)... Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. Tulane...Converted twice from more than 50 yards vs. the Green Wave, including a career-long, 54-yarder into the wind in the second quarter... Tied for the national lead with three field goals of better than 50 and has five in his career, both totals matching James Hamrick for the most in school history... Also averaged 69.8 on five kickoffs against Tulane and was honored by the College Football Performance Awards as one of their Kickoff Specialists of the Week... Converted all three PATs at SMU, raising his career total to 72, six shy of Froggy Williams for 4th on the Rice career list... Tabbed a midseason All C-USA selection by Phil Steele... Opened the season by converting on all three FG attempts vs. Texas while adding kickoff duties... Had two touchbacks in four kickoff attempts and held Texas to an average starting position of their own 21.
Took over the Owls placekicking duties after redshirting in 2009 and earned All Freshman honors from league coaches... Set a Rice freshman kick-scoring record, finishing with 74 points... Tied for seventh in C-USA, tied for 73rd in the nation with 11 field goals in 12 games... 11 FG's tied for 7th on the Rice season field goal list and one shy of the school record for a freshman (Matt Huelsman, 1994)... Converted a field goal in six consecutive games, the longest streak by an Owl since Sammy Hartman did it in 1989... Hamrick holds the school mark by connecting in eight consecutive games in 1985... Converted 41 of 44 PATs this season, third-best by an Owl in a season... Named one of the Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week for his performance against North Texas... Tied the school record by kicking four field goals in the Owls' 32-31 win over North Texas... Tied the mark first set by Joel Baxter vs. TCU in 1981 and matched by Matt Huelsman, also against TCU, in 1994... First field goal was a 50-yarder, the longest field goal for the Owls since Luke Juist kicked a 53-yarder in 2004... Added a second 50-yard kick in the first quarter, becoming the first Rice kicker to have two field goals of 50-yards or more in the same game... (James Hamrick)... Converted his first career field goal attempt, a 42-yarder vs. Texas to give the Owls a 3-0 lead. Also converted his first two PATs against the Horns.
Keller Fossil Ridger High School
Fifth-ranked kicker by Rivals.com ... four-time, All-District 5-5A for Coach Tony Baccarini at Keller Fossil Ridge ... converted on 39 of 43 field goals in his career and was perfect on 172 career PAT attempts ... named to the Associated Press All-State first team and to the Texas Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State second team as a senior ... selected to play in the 2009 US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... kicked a field goal and had two extra points in the game ... also selected to play in the THSCA All Star Game in Austin in July... played baseball and soccer at Fossil Ridge.
Christopher Lynn Boswell ... born March 16, 1991 in Fort Worth ... son of Rick and Dawn Boswell, Keller ... one brother, one sister ... Rice major: Kinesiology