UTSA hands on to defeat Rice 14-13
Coach Bailiff held his first press conference of the year in advance of fall practice.
Top collegiate tight end
Named to second team
Billy Lynch previews the Owls offense
Rice dropped a 14-13 decision to UTSA on October 15.
Rice faced North Texas at Rice Stadium on September 24
The Owls fall to Army on September 10, 2016.
Rice faced Army at West Point, NY on September 10
Shots from Training Camp 2016
Named Preseason All-Conference USA by Athlon Sports and to the Preseason Mackey Award Watch List.
Set a career-high with 209 yards receiving and tied his career best with 13 catches... Added to the Mackey Award midseason Watch List... Missed the Army game with an injury... Had a career-long 60 yarder that set up the Rice's first TD in the fourth quarter comeback at FAU... Finished with a career-high 76 yards on three catches, averaged 25.3 per catch (also a career best)... Caught a career-high five at North Texas.
Missed the opening weeks of the season after suffering an injury in the Owls' final scrimmage of training camp but returned to action vs. ODU in a reserve role... Made his first start vs. USM and caught his second career TD pass... Suffered an injury on the Owls' first series at Army and missed the remainder of the season... Credited with an eight-yard rush on a throw from Tyler Stehling vs. ODU that was ruled a lateral.
Found the end zone for the first time in his career in the C-USA Championship game, catching an 8-yard jump pass from Luke Turner... Grabbed a pair of passes at UAB, the second coming on 1st down in overtime... Caught four passes for 52 yards in his first collegiate action at Texas A&M... Started the game and caught a 26-yarder from Taylor McHargue on the Owls' first play of the year.
Katy Taylor High School
All District 19-5A selection at defensive end for coach Flint Risien at Taylor HS... Also saw action at tight end and was tabbed by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the 6th best tight end recruit in their 2011 postseason edition... Three-year starter in both football and basketball at Katy Taylor and earned all district honors as well in basketball. Named Katy Taylor's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior ... All-Academic first team.
Full Name: Connor Matthew Cella... Born: Oct. 8, 1993 at Lafayette, La. ... Parents: Gene and Lea Cella... Rice college: Duncan... Rice major: Sport Management.
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...
David Bailiff Press Conference Quotes
09/19/2016 - Rice head coach David Bailiff held his weekly press conference prior to the North Texas game.
Second Half Surge Stems Owls
09/17/2016 - Rice Stadium opened a new era with a familiar old foe as 19th ranked Baylor withstood a strong challenge from the Owls in the first half to...
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