Selected by the Houston Texans in the compensatory phase of the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Chose to enter NFL Draft after an injury shortened 2014 campaign... First Owl to leave early for the NFL Draft since
James Casey in 2009 (also drafted by the Texans)... Looking to become the first Rice interior defensive lineman drafted since Clenzie Pierson was taken by the Giants in the 11th round of the 1983 draft.
All C-USA (Phil Steele, Athlon)
All-America (Phil Steele, third team)
Outland Trophy Watch List
Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List
Bronko Nagurski Watch List
Consensus preseason honors candidate and watch list
selection who switched from No. 56 to No. 1 to honor ND
Kalu as part of the Owls' Honor Jersey program before his
season was cut short by an injury... Saw his season come
to an end after an injury at FIU resulted in knee surgery...
Missed two earlier games after an injury at Texas A&M...
Credited with 1.5 sacks and broke up a pass to go with
five tackles vs. North Texas... Credited with seven stops,
one for loss and recovered a fumble vs. Army as Owls
held the Cadets 69 yards under their season rushing average...
Credited with his first sack of the year vs. Hawai'i...
First-team All C-USA pick by league coaches as well as Dave Campbell's Texas Football's All-Texas College second team... Member of 2013 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll... First sophomore DT from Rice to be honored as first-team, all-conference since the return of two-platoon football... Lead team with career-high 11.5 tackles for loss among his 59 stops, including four sacks... Had 4.5 TFL in last five games despite playing with heavy cast on right hand after suffering thumb injury at NT...Credited with a career-best six unassisted tackles vs. UAB... Made first contact with the ball in each of the Owls first two defensive TDs last season ... Partially deflected pass that Michael Kutzler caught and ran back for a TD vs. Kansas and blocked the field goal vs. Houston that Alex Lyons returned for a score. Credited with a career-best 2.5 TFL vs. Kansas.
Credited with a career-best 2.5 TFL vs. Kansas.
Closed out a rock-solid redshirt freshman by being named to USA Today's All-Bowl team for his efforts vs. Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl... Solidified on of the two interior defensive line questions for the Owls heading into the season, with 20 hurries and finishing with 43 tackles (25 solo), eight tackles for loss, five sacks, forcing one fumble and breaking up a pass... Led all C-USA freshmen and was tied for second nationally among first year players with five sacks... Closed strongly with a TFL in each of the last five, including sacks in four of the last five... Top tackle effort was seven vs. Marshall.
Vancouver College Prep
Provincial Defensive MVP while leading the Fighting Irish to the Provincial Championship... Ranked as the top defensive lineman in Canada... Credited with 83 tackles, including 15 sacks as a senior... Had 276 tackles and 38 sacks in his career... Credited with four tackles in the 2010 National Underclassmen Combine All World Gridiron Classic in Charleston, S.C.
Full name: Christian Coral Cleveland Covington... Born: Oct. 16, 1993 at Vancouver, British Columbia... Parents: Grover and Natasha Covington, Vancouver (two sisters)... Father is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame after a standout career with the Hamilton Ti-Cats from 1981-91... Rice major: Kinesiology... Rice College: Duncan.