Photos from the Rice Owls' 17-7 C-USA victory over UTSA on Nov. 8, 2014.
Honored at Rice's 101st Commencement exercises with a Rice Outstanding Senior Award, which are given to seniors who have demonstrated service, dedication and character...Nominee for both the Senior Class Award and Wuerffel Trophy
Completed his career by playing in a school-record 56th game in the Hawai'i Bowl...Named by teammates as one of two captains for the season (Matt Simonette)...Nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy...Credited with a season-high eight tackles at Army...Broke up a pair of passes to match his career high...Served as a Rice Ambassador as well as the host of "Inside Rice University" a show produced by Rice Public Affairs...Active career leader with 53 career games...Was honored at Spring Commencement exercises with a Rice Outstanding Senior Award, which are given to seniors who have demonstrated service, dedication and character.
Credited with a career-high 2.5 TFL... Missed career-best tackle effort by one, finishing with eight vs. Texas A&M... Wore No. 40 to honor former Owl Bucky Allshouse... Served on the search committee for Rice's new Director of Athletics.
Reached new career bests while starting five games... Sixth on the team with 30 unassisted tackles and tied for 10th with 40 total stops... Set up the Owls' first touchdown in the Armed Forces Bowl with a fumble recovery... Moved into starting spot at strong safety vs. Tulsa due to injuries and was credited with seven stops at Tulsa, including the Owls' first fourth down stop of the season... Established career bests for unassisted (8) and total tackles (9) the following week vs. Southern Miss... Picked off his first career pass at Tulane and returned it 55 yards for his first collegiate score... Named "Mr. Rice" while representing Brown in the annual competition between residential colleges.
Saw his streak of appearing in the first 16 games of his college career end when he was held out of the Memphis game with an injury... Saw action on special teams and at safety in the first four games.
Led the team with nine tackles on kickoff coverage... Credited with a season-high eight tackles against UTEP... Picked up a pair of tackles, including sharing his first tackle for loss, vs. Northwestern... Credited with his first career tackle at North Texas... Saw action as a reserve against Texas in the opener.
San Antonio MacArthur High School
All Greater San Antonio by the San Antonio Express News and a unanimous All District 26-5A selection... Had 89 tackles (3 TFL) and one interception as a senior... Member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300... Second team Academic All-State selection... Served as an officer in MacArthur's NHS chapter.
Full Name: Gabriel Leo Baker... Born: Oct. 29, 1991 at Dallas... Parents Monzell and Ria Baker, San Antonio (one brother, one sister)... Plays the cello and performed at the 2011 Night of the Owl Awards Night... Rice major: Civil & Environmental Engineering... Rice College: Brown.