Joins Martens, Boswell, Solomon, Willson, Nwosu and Hicks on All C-USA team
Callahan, Carroll and Hull named to C-USA All Freshman squad
SMU 27, Rice 24
Concluded his career Rice's single-season and career punting record holder... Invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February of 2012.
First team All C-USA by league coaches for the second consecutive year... Also a first-team pick by Phil Steele and College Football News, and a second-team selection by Rivals.com... First-team postseason All Texas College pick by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Third consecutive year as a Ray Guy Award candidate... Averaged 43.6 on a career-high 78 punts to rank second in C-USA and 18th nationally... Season average matched his 2009 mark as sixth-best total in school history...has three of the top six season marks (see chart)... 3403 yards punting rank second, just missing the school mark of 3,452 set by Dan Walters in 1983... Had punts of 60 yards or better in four games, and of 50 yards or better in 10 of 12 and in those other two games, his long was 48 and 49 yards... Placed at least two inside the 20 in 10 of 12 games, including three games with three. Has put 14 of 78 this year inside the opponents' 10 and 25 of 78 inside the 20... Finished with 9,890 career punting yards which also ranks second all-time.... Averaged 50.1 on seven punts vs. Purdue, the third-best, single game mark in school history... Finished his career with three of the top five punting games in school history... Averaged 48.6 on five punts in the opener at Texas... Placed a pair of his five punts inside the Horns' 10, including one a the one-yard line... Consensus preseason All C-USA pick.. First-team preseason All Texas College pick by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Combined with kicker Chris Boswell to form the seventh best special teams unit in the country according to Phil Steele.
Earned All America and All C-USA honors during a spectacular junior season... Earned All America honors by the American Football Coaches Association and All C-USA honors from league coaches and Phil Steele... Second team Walter Camp All American and selected to participate in the Walter Camp Foundation's All American Weekend... One of 10 punters named as semifinalists for the 2010 Ray Guy Award by the Augusta Sports Council... Named to both SportsIllustrated.com and College Football News.com's midseason All-America teams... Led C-USA and third in the nation with a with a school-record 45.98 average on 52 punts... Just edged Steve Kidd, who averaged 45.94 in 1985... Career average of 42.7 is 1.3 yards better than previous school mark of 41.4 by Jared Scruggs... Placed 42% inside the 20 this year (22/52), 50% (11 of 22) of those have been downed at or inside the 10 and 64% of those (7 of 11) have been placed at or inside the 3.... Averaged 51 yards per punt on five kicks from inside the Rice 18... His total inside the 20 betters his previous career best of 14 in 2008 (52 punts)... Six of his 22 punts inside the 20 have led to Rice scores on the following possession after the Owls defense forced a punt or a turnover (five touchdowns, one field goal)...Recognized for the third time this year by the College Football Performance Awards for his punting, after averaging 49.8 on four kicks vs. Houston... Averaged 50 yards on six punts vs. Northwestern... Dominated in the Owls 32-31 win over North Texas, averaging 49.3 on six punts, including 50.2 on three in the second half... Had two of three in the fourth quarter downed inside the 20, including one at the two to pin UNT back and set up the Owls' winning touchdown... Averaged 45 yards in the opener against Texas, including a career-best 71 yard effort...Second-team All C-USA preseason pick by Phil Steele and a second-team selection on Dave Campbell's Texas Football All Texas College preseason squad.
Named by Augusta Sports Council as a candidate for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top punter... Named to Phil Steele's Midseason All C-USA second team..Fourth in C-USA and 16th nationally with a 43.4 average... Rice season record is 45.94 by Steve Kidd in 1985... Averaged 50 yards per punt on nine kicks vs. Tulsa, the third best effort in school history... Had five boots of better than 50 yards vs. Tulsa and had 12 all year, compared with six in all of 2008 and no more than one in any game... Did not connect for better than 50 yards until the sixth game of his freshman season...Averaged 43.5 on four punts at UAB in the opener, including a 51-yarder on his first effort of the year.
C-USA All-Freshman selection who averaged 38.3 yards on 51 punts for the Owls ... averaged 41.4 yards on 16 punts over his last four regular season games (663 yards) ... had three punts of at least 50 yards in the last five games and placed eight of his last 20 punts inside the 20 compared with six of his first 31 punts ... had a career-best boot of 57 yards at UTEP ... placed two of three punts vs. Army inside the 20 ... made his debut against SMU and saw his first career punt downed at the SMU two-yard line.
Spearfish High School
All-around athlete who was a first-team 11A All-State selection by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association as a senior for coach Chuck Syverson ... ranked as the No. 6 punter after attending the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp in Las Vegas ... named his team's most improved player as well as the special teams MVP ... averaged 42.6 as a punter, including a career-best, 82-yard kick ... averaged 82 percent touchbacks on his kickoffs ... also played wide receiver ... three-year letterman in basketball and track who finished fifth as a junior in the high jump at the state meet ... active in FCA and Young Life in high school.
Full Name: Kyle Dean Martens ... Born: March 4, 1990 at Spearfish, S.D. ... Parents: Jim Martens, Belle Fouche, S.D. and Cindy Martens-Lieving, Spearfish ... (four brothers) ... Rice major: Kinesiology
Blue Defeats Gray, 30-17, in Annual Spring Game
04/08/2016 - The Blue squad used big plays to down the Gray team, 30-17, in the annual Spring Game, Friday afternoon at Rice Stadium.
Opener Moves to September 1
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Owls Announce 2016 Honor Jerseys
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Okam Named Defensive Line Coach
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Football Holds Second Scrimmage of the Spring
03/24/2016 - The Rice football team completed its second scrimmage of spring camp Thursday afternoon.
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.
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