Chris Thurmond takes a look at the Owls defense
Gaines named for second consecutive year
11 players honored
Rice vs. Louisiana Tech 6 p.m.
A second gallery of photos from the 2013 C-USA Football Championship
Rice defeated Marshall 41-24 to win the C-USA Championship on December 7.
More photos from the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Rice clinched the C-USA West title with a 17-13 win over Tulane on November 30, 2013
Dec. 31, 2013 Rice vs. Mississippi State
Three-year starter at the KAT positition who moved into the Rice career top ten in tackles and has made 38 consecutive starts.
Continued his trademark consistent play as a senior, ranking second on the squad with 76 tackles and third with six PBUs as Rice's defense held opponents to 92 fewer points... Will play in his 51st career game in the Liberty Bowl and will make his 39th career start... Leads the team with 38 consecutive starts... Moved into 10th on the Rice careeer tackles list with six stops vs. Marshall in the C-USA title game... Has 290, Joe Davis is 9th with 293 and Jason Hebert eight wiht 300... Academic All C-USA and CoSIDA Academic All District VII with a 3.39 GPA in Sports Management and Religious Studies... Led team with season high 10 tackles vs. UTEP, including one for a loss and forced a fumble... Tied his career high with three PBU vs. Kansas... Has five career interceptions to rank second among active Owls (Bryce Callahan has 11).
Led the team with a career-best 93 tackles... Ranked 19th in Conference USA in tackles per game with 7.2... Posted a pair of double-digit tackles games, with 15 vs. Marshall and 13 at Louisiana Tech... Broke open the Southern Miss game with a 75-yard interception return for his first career touchdown and added his second interception vs. Air Force in the Armed Force Bowl... Has five career interceptions to rank second among active Owls (Bryce Callahan has eight)...Named Male College Athlete of the Year by Athletes International Ministry, which is based in Phoenix.
Led the team with 64 unassisted tackles and tied for the team lead with eight pass breakups... Led the team with 13 tackles at Northwestern... Led the team with six tackles vs. UTEP... Also had a pass breakup vs. the Miners... Credited with a career-high 15 tackles vs. Tulsa and also forced a fumble at the goal line to thwart a scoring attempt... Picked off his first pass of the season at Marshall... Picked up his first career sack and cause an pick six in the Owls 28-6 win over Memphis... Broke up a pass on a blitz that was intercepted by Jared Williams and returned for a touchdown to move the Owls' lead to 21-3 in the third quarter.... Matched his career-best with a pair of tackles for loss as well as breaking up the first three passes of his career in the win over Purdue... Finished the game with eight tackles... Credited with three tackles in the opener at Texas.
Quickly adapted after the move from receiver in the spring and became a solid backup to Travis Bradshaw, including making one start when Bradshaw was injured... Tied for second on the team lead with eight tackles on kickoff coverage... Credited with a pair of turnovers against ECU... Recovered a fumble and picked off his first career pass (17-yard return)... Chalked up his first two career tackles for loss (total of six yards) at Tulsa... Made his first career start at UTEP and led the team with 13 tackles... Credited with his first two career tackles at North Texas... Saw action as a reserve against Texas in the opener at Reliant Stadium.
Saguaro High School
All-State selection as a senior and a two-time All-City and All-Region performer for Coach John Sanders at Saguaro ... Played on three consecutive Arizona 4A-1 state championship teams that went 41-1 over that stretch ... Named Scottsdale Player of the Year after catching 32 passes for 629 yards and eight TDs on offense and compiling 72 tackles and seven interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) ... Also played basketball and ran track ... Finished second in the state meet in the triple jump as a junior ... Nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Homecoming King ... Eagle Scout
Full Name: Full Name: Paul Allen Porras... Born: February 20, 1991 at Scottsdale, Ariz. .... Parents: Tom and Bunny, Scottsdale, Ariz. ...(one brother, Tyler, who played football at Stanford)... Rice major: Sport Management.