National Football Foundation honors college football's top scholar-athletes
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 rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat Charlotte 22-21 on November 12.
Rice hosted FAU at Rice Stadium on November 5.
Rice faced Louisiana Tech on October 29
Closed out a productive career ranked in the Rice career top ten in rushing and scoring, while also combining with older brother Jarett to set an NCAA record for combined touchdowns.
Closed out his career by averaging 9.0 per carry at Stanford (4/39) and caught a pair of passes for 28 yards... Finished in sixth on the Rice career list with 26 touchdowns, seventh in carries (446) and rushing (2,196) and tied for 10th with 156 career points... Combined with older brother Jarett for 86 career touchdowns, which ranks as the NCAA record for career touchdowns by siblings, four more than Jacquizz and James Rodgers of Oregon State... Jarett holds the NCAA career mark with 60 touchdown receptions. In a twist of fate, Clement (with whom Darik tied for sixth on the Rice TD list) and Jarett Dillard combined for 51 of those 60 touchdowns... 11 of his 26 career TDs came in the 4th quarter or overtime, five of them gave Rice the lead in the final 2 minutes or later and two tied the game... Semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, named to the preseason Wuerffel Trophy Watch List and a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Led Owls with 698 rushing yards and is the active Owls with 1,746 career yards which stands 13th on the Rice career list... Dickie Maegle is 12th (1,773), Spencer George is 11th (1,790) and Kosse Johnson 10th (1,917)... Three-yard TD vs. UTSA allowed he and brother Jarett to eclipse Jacquizz and James Rodgers of Oregon State for the most combined career touchdowns (82)... Jarett holds the NCAA career mark with 60 touchdown receptions... Sparked the Owls' 4th quarter comeback at FAU, rushing for 50 of his 104 yards and adding 39 yards... Finished with 106 on the ground and 44 through the air, his second career 100-yard day and becoming fourth Owls RB to top 100 last year... Scored winning TD on a 14-yard pass from Driphus Jackson with 2:07 left... Nine of his 22 career TDs have come in the 4th quarter, 3 of them gave Rice the lead in the final 2 minutes and a fourth tied the game.
Led the Owls in scoring with 72 points on 12 touchdowns (11 on the ground, 1 receiving). .. Joined his brother Jarett in leading the Owls in scoring... Jarett did it three consecutive years on his way to a school record 360 points (thanks to an NCAA record 60 TD receptions)... Has 16 career scores and the combined 76 TDs by the Dillard brothers moved them to within five of the best mark in NCAA history by Jacquizz and James Rodgers of Oregon State (81)... Also led the team with an average of 4.9 yards per carry... Topped 100 yards for the first time in his career, rushing for 141 yards on 23 carries vs. Hawai'i. Scored a career-best three touchdowns on the ground vs. ODU. Tied for the team lead with a career-best three receptions vs. Notre Dame (30 yards).
Member of 2013 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...Fourth on team with 396 yards on the ground, and tied for third with three rushing touchdowns... Ran for 52 yards and a score in the C-USA title game... San Antonio native scored Rice's first touchdown in that city in Rice's 27-21 win... Delivered his second-straight winning touchdown with a 25-yard TD reception in overtime at Tulsa (first career catch)... Scored his first career touchdown to win the game vs. FAU... Ran for 41 yards on nine carries in his college debut at Texas A&M.
McArthur High School
Offensive MVP for coach Ben Cook at McArthur HS... Younger brother of former Owls All-America wide receiver Jarett Dillard...Earned second team All-State honors and first team All-San Antonio honors as a junior and second team All-San Antonio as a senior... Led McArthur to the 5-A DII state quarterfinals as a junior... Rushed for 4,100 yards and added another 900 yards receiving in his career... Played basketball and led McArthur to the regional finals as a junior... Academic All State as a senior... Wendy's High School Heisman regional finalist... Ranked third in a class of 557... Served as treasurer for both the National Honor Society and his senior class... Participated in Peer Assistant Leadership Program (PALS) and set a world record for high fives by slapping 2,215 hands in 20 minutes as part of an anti-bullying campaign sponsored by the McArthur PALS chapter... Tutored English to elementary students and to others through the English Second Language program... First place winner in the Teachers' Choice Night Gallery Art Show... First place in TSA State Architecture competition... Junior Financial Chairman of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Full Name: Darik David Dillard... Born: Nov. 11, 1993 at San Antonio... Parents: Porter and Robin Dillard (one brother, one sister)... Brother, Jarett, played for four seasons in the NFL and was a two-time, All-America wide receiver for the Owls who holds the NCAA career record for touchdown receptions (60) and most consecutive games with a touchdown reception in a season (13)... Sister, Tai, played basketball at Texas from 1999-2003 and for three seasons in the WNBA... She is now an assistant basketball coach at Houston... Rice College: Jones... Rice major: Mechanical Engineering.