Senior Day 2016
UTSA hangs 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
Rice ended the 2016 season by taking on Stanford on November 26
Per tradition, the members of the senior class were carried from the field after their last practice at Rice Stadium.
Rice downed UTEP 44-24 on Senior Day 2016
Rice faced Louisiana Tech on October 29
Rice defeated Prairie View 65-44
Solid perform enjoyed a career year as a senior.
Caught a career-best 31 passes this season, including 24 in the last seven games... Catch total more than doubled his career total (27) heading into his senior year... Has at least one catch in 11 consecutive games, tops on the team... Caught a career-high six vs. UTSA. Hauled in a career-best, 64-yard TD pass from Tyler Stehling in the opening minute at Army, the first TD toss of more than 60 to a Rice tight end since Chase Clement connected with James Case from 61 yards out vs. Tulane in 2007... Named to the Preseason Mackey Award Watch List and Preseason All-Conference USA by Athlon Sports.
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.
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