Rice opened the 2014 season on the road at Notre Dame.
Former walk-on whose hard work has translated into a scholarship, a starting spot at center and the honor of being selected one of two captains by his teammates at the start of the year... Missed the spring while continuing his recuperation from an in-season injury but was cleared for camp and is listed as the starter at center... Three-time member of C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Made his first career start in the opener at Notre Dame and named to Phil Steele's All C-USA midseason second team... Candidate for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented to the top walk-on in the the country.
Saw considerable action in the first three games before suffering an arm injury that ended his season.
Walk-on who worked his way into a role on special teams and saw action in nine games during the year.
Redshirted in his first year.
Bellaire High School
All-District 20-5A selection at Bellaire High for coach Trey Herrmann... Three-year starter for the Cardinal... Named the BHS Outstanding Offensive/Defensive Lineman as a senior... Set a school record with a 385 pound bench press as a senior... Also competed in power lifting and track.
Matthew Edward Simonette... Born: Nov. 30, 1991 in Santa Clara, Calif. ... Son of Rebecca Simonette... brother Nate graduated from Rice in 2011 with a degree in History ... Sport Management major... Rice College: Lovett.