Seven teams garner Sport Academic Awards
More than 2,500 Conference USA athletes honored
Farrimond, Hairston and Nordstrom
Owls clinch third consecutive bowl berth
March 25, 2015 The Owls held their annual Pro Day at Rice Stadium on Wednesday.
Rice defeated Fresno State 30-6 in the 2014 Hawai'i Bowl
Rice closed out the 2014 regular season at Louisiana Tech
Owls and Aggies met on September 13
In advance of their final game at Rice Stadium on Friday, we salute our 19 seniors.
Graduate transfer who joined the Owls in the fall with one year of eligibility remaining... Will pursue a Masters of Statistics degree.
Will play in his fourth bowl game (played in three at LSU)...Academic All-Conference USA selection...Ran off a streak of 15 consecutive touchbacks vs. ODU and Southern Miss, including matching his carer-high with eight at USM Has 40 in his last 59 kickoffs...... Made his debut as the Owls' kicker at Notre Dame converting his first career field goal and a pair of PATs while averaging 64.5 yards on five kickoffs.
Completed his final season for the Tigers by appearing in all 13 games to raise his career total to 37... Served as the kickoff specialist for the third straight season... Posted a career-high 45 touchbacks... Finished 4-of-4 on extra point attempts after taking over for an injured Colby Delahoussaye against Furman... Earned a career high with 650 kickoff yards at Mississippi State... Set a career high with eight touchbacks vs. UAB.
Played in all 13 games for the Tigers... Handled all 79 of LSU's kickoffs... LSU ranked No. 4 in the SEC in kickoff coverage with an average of 61.3 yards (8-yard line)... Had 27 kicks go for touchbacks and was only whistled for one out-of-bounds kickoff, which came on a squib kick against Ole Miss... Had career best game vs. Idaho with 10 kickoffs for an average of 64.2 yards, which meant return started at 5-yard line.
Played in 11 games and handled the kickoff duties in those 11 contests... Produced 16 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs with an average of 65.7 yards a kick... His 16 touchbacks were the most in a single season for LSU since Chris Jackson had 24 in 2006 when kickoffs came from the 35-yard line instead of the 30... Had one of his best games as a Tiger with a career-high five touchbacks on eight kickoffs against Arkansas... His five touchbacks against Arkansas were the most in a game for an LSU kicker since Chris Jackson boomed five touchbacks on eight kickoffs against Arizona on Sept. 9, 2006... Earned the kickoff duties for the Tigers prior to the game at West Virginia and never relinquished that role.
Jesuit College Prep
MVP of District 9-5A as a punter and kicker for coach Bob Wunderlick at Jesuit College Prep School after connecting on 11-of-16 field goals and 31 of his 33 extra points... Also had 32 touchbacks and averaged 64.2 yards on kickoffs his senior season... Made an impression as a punter with 22 punts for a 44.8-yard average and a long of 68 yards as a senior... Rated the sixth-best kicker in the country in the Class of 2011 by kicking guru Chris Sailer... A finalist in the Top 12 national kicking event hosted by Sailer, earning top honors in the kickoff competition... Connected on 6-of-6 field goals with a 46-yard long his junior season and had 22 touchbacks, averaging 60.4 yards on deep kickoffs... Member of the 2010 Dallas Morning News Top 100 Area Recruits.
Full name: James Christopher Hairston Jr. ... Born March 4, 1993 at Dallas... Parents: Jim Hairston and the late Cheryl Wilson Hairston... Step-mother is Amanda Turner Hairston... Comes from an athletic family with deep ties to Rice - uncle, Mike Wilson, lettered three times as a deep snapper in football (1993-95) and four times in baseball (92-95) for the Owls; his grandfather, Don Wilson, was a three-year letterman in football (1953-55) and played on the `54 Cotton Bowl squad that defeated Alabama; He also lettered once in track (1954); his dad played golf at St. Edward's and SMU; one sister played soccer at Houston and another at SMU; mother played golf at SMU on the 1980 AIAW National Championship team for the Mustangs.