Player of the Week honors
Seventh conseutive Homecoming win
Senior leader among the Owls' wide receivers who closed out his career with 16 catches for 177 yards.
Scored the clinching touchdown in the Owls' Homecoming win over UTEP, grabbing a 23-yarder from Nick Fanuzzi... Finished the day with three catches for 34 yards... Returned to action vs. Tulsa after missing three games with an injury sustained at Baylor... Caught a season-long 42 yarder at Baylor to set up the Owls first score... Had four career catches of better than 35 yards... Grabbed a career-best four passes in the opener at Texas and followed that up with three for 42 yards in the home opener vs. Purdue.
Produced some long distance plays in his first full year at wide receiver before an injury in the Houston game ended his season... Had started two of the last three games before his injury... Tied for second on the team with a pair of plays from scrimmage of 40-yard or longer (Sam McGuffie 3, Kitchens and Vance McDonald 2 each). Recorded a career-best 64 yards receiving vs. Houston, including a career-long 59-yard TD pass from Nick Fanuzzi... Made his first career start vs. SMU and grabbed a career-best three passes... Caught his first career touchdown pass against Texas, plucking a deflected ball out of the air and dragging a Horn defender to the goal line to complete a 47-yard scoring play.
Opened the year on defense, but moved to wide receiver at midseason... Picked up his first two career receptions at ECU... Returned to the field for time since 2007 in the opener at UAB. Saw action in three games on special teams and defense, then made the move to wide receiver prior to the Vanderbilt game.
Redshirted his second year in the program.
Stepped into a playing role at the start of conference play when injuries forced him out of a redshirt season ... credited with a season-best seven tackles against Houston, including his first career tackle for loss (three yards) ... made his debut by playing on special teams at Southern Miss ... had eight tackles including two assists for lost yardage during the year.
Robinson High School
2007 graduate of Robinson High School near Waco ... quarterbacked the Rockets to the finals of the state 3A Division II playoffs for coach Brian Lewis ... MVP of District 17-3A and an honorable mention all-state selection ... rushed for 1,418 yards and scored 23 touchdowns ... threw for 2,200 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 143 of 283 passes as a senior ... rushed for 2,990 yards and 49 touchdowns during his prep his career, and threw for 5,747 yards and 48 scores ... earned four letters in basketball and three in baseball ... member of the National Honor Society and the academic all-state second team.
Full Name: Joseph Randall Kitchens ... Born: August 23, 1988 at Hattiesburg, Miss. ... Parents: Joey Kitchens and Tammy Kitchens Martinez (two sisters) ... Rice major: Economics with a Business minor ... Wiess College.
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Football Holds Second Scrimmage of the Spring
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Rice and Houston Add Football Games in 2020 & 2021
03/21/2016 - The Rice Owls and Houston Cougars, who will resume their cross-town series in 2017 and 2018, have agreed to continue the series with games in 2020 ...
Football Holds First Scrimmage of the Spring
03/18/2016 - The Rice football team completed its first scrimmage of spring camp Friday afternoon.
Spring Practice Update: The Quarterbacks
03/18/2016 - With one week of practice in the books, RiceOwls.com visited with all three quarterbacks for the Owls for an update.
2016 Spring Game Features New Fan Experience...
03/17/2016 - Rice Football fans have a chance to join in the fun as the Owls wrap up their spring drills with the annual Blue-Gray Game by registering for one...
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