Talented dual-threat quarterback who solidified his place atop the depth chart during the spring.
Battled nagging injuries through the season... Returned to action in the C-USA title game... Scored his first rushing TD of season and first since Marshall in 2012 with 4 yd run at New Mexico State... Came on in relief of Taylor McHargue and led Owls to 10 points in the fourth quarter to beat Kansas 23-14... Gained 19 yards rushing and completed one pass for 10 yards... Ran for 55 and threw for 23 yards in action vs. Texas A&M.
Backup to Taylor McHargue at quarterback as a redshirt freshman who contributed four touchdown passes and one on the ground in the regular season, then came off the bench to rally the Owls to a victory in the Armed Forces Bowl... Came in just before halftime after McHargue was injured and threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the second half... Finished the day 15-21 for 264 yards and two scores and rushed for 32 more... Passing and total offense (296 yards) where the third best efforts in Rice bowl history... Played in 10 of 12 regular season games, making one start... Completed 56.5 percent of his passes (39-69) for 672 yards and six touchdowns overall... Came in late vs. Marshall in relief of McHargue and scored his first career touchdown to send the game to a second overtime... Made his first career start the following week vs. Houston... Threw for 272 yards and a pair of scores... Tossed his first career TD pass to Sam McGuffie in the third quarter, then the pair combined on an 88-yard scoring play in the fourth to enter the Rice record book for the longest scoring pass in school history... Also threw a pair of touchdown passes vs. Southern Miss.
Cedar Hill High School
MVP of District 5-5A for coach Joey McGuire and a teammate of fellow 2011 signee Lovett Gibson... Earned a berth in the US Army All America All Star Game after being named the winner of "The Ride" a reality television show that selected the top "under the radar" prep quarterback... Threw for over 2,900 yards and 30 TDs as a senior and added over 600 yards on the ground... Three-year starter for the Longhorns... A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 and tabbed as one of the top 25 quarterbacks... Honorable mention Academic All-State selection.
Driphus Jackson... Born: Sept. 6, 1992 at Dallas... Parents: Marlo and Timothy Jackson, Cedar Hill (two brothers, two sisters)... Rice major: Sport Management... Rice College: Wiess.