The Rice football seniors were carried from the field by their teammates after their final practice at Rice Stadium on Friday.
Former walk-on who stepped into a starting role as a senior and earned second team All C-USA honors... Four-time member of C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2013 Leads team with 86 stops after coming into year with just 20 career tackles... Caused a fumble at goal line to stop a UTEP threat with Rice leading 17-7. Owls recovered and drove 99 yards in last four minutes to take 24-7 lead... Nominated for the 2013 Wuerffel Trophy for his work in the classroom and community... Named by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the Most Improved Defender in Texas College Football in their midseason awards report... Matched his career-high with 11 tackles at Tulsa...also had 11 in the opener vs. Texas A&M...Scored the Owls' first points at Rice Stadium in 2013 with 52-yard interception return vs. Kansas and also picked up a sack for the second consecutive game... Credited with the first of the Owls' two sacks of Johnny Manziel, good for a loss of 5 yards. 2012
Productive member of the Owls' special teams who also chipped in valuable time at linebacker... Tied for special teams lead with five tackles as part of a career-best 16 tackles on the season... Tied for the team lead with a pair of fumble recoveries... Set up the Owls' first TD vs. Houston by recovering a fumbled punt return... Matched his previous career total of four tackles in a pair of games (Louisiana Tech and Houston)... Credited with his first career sack vs. UCLA and added a second at Memphis... Active in the community and was honored as Rice's Fall Spirit of Service Award winner.
Missed the final three games with an injury... Returned a fumble kickoff return 17 yards for a touchdown at Southern Miss... Return was one of four by the Owls on the year to lead the nation... Was his first career fumble recovery and touchdown... Saw action both on special teams and at linebacker in the opener at Texas... Credited with his first career tackle at Baylor... Picked up his second tackle vs. Memphis, his third vs. Tulsa and his fourth at Houston.
Saw action in the last six games on the kickoff return team... Made his debut against Houston.
Trinity Valley High School
Two-time SPC (Southwest Preparatory Conference) Defensive Player of the Year (selected by the Ft. Worth Star Telegram)at Trinity Valley School in Ft. Worth for coach Aaron Mattox... SPC Most Valuable Player as a senior... Credited with 356 tackles in his career, including 56 for loss, 31 hurries, 24 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries... Tojans were the SPC Division II runner-up in both his junior and senior years.... Also competed in track... A member of the National Honor Society and president of the senior class as a senior.
Full Name: Michael Andrew Kutzler.. Born: February 12, 1991 at Houston, Texas. .... Parents: Dan and Bea
Kutlzer, Ft. Worth... (one brother, one sister)... cousin (Eric Gadzinski) played football at Army from 1999-2000... Rice major: Political Science.