Rice defeated Southern Miss 44-17 at Rice Stadium on October 27
Hard-hitting safety who stepped into an immediate role on special teams as a true freshman and continued to push for a larger role during spring drills. P>
One of eight true freshmen to play this season... Earned most of his playing time on special teams, picking up a pair of stops on kickoff returns... Also picked up one tackle and a forced fumble while at safety vs. Southern Miss.
Cedar Park High School
All-District 25-4A selection at safety as a junior and senior for coach Chris Ross at Cedar Park, while leading the Timberwolves to back-to-back appearances in the state quarterfinals... Credited with 59 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and broke up 11 passes while earning All-Centex first team honors as a senior... A member of the Hill Country News "Dazzling Dozen"... Ran track and was part of Cedar Park's 4x100 relay that reached the regional finals... Academic All State.
Full Name: Zachary R. Espinosa... Born: August 20, 1993 at Concord Calif. ... Parents: Art and Kelli Espinosa (one brother, one sister)... Brother (Dom) plays center at Texas.