Rice and Houston played for the Bayou Bucket on September 29, 2012
Solid starter at safety who has 187 tackles over the last two years
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.