Ellerbee and Womac named First Team All-Conference USA
Kickoff set for 6 p.m.
Joins Trey Martin on C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team
January 17, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida
Seventh pick in the last six years
Rice defeated Marshall 41-24 to win the C-USA Championship on December 7.
The Rice football seniors were carried from the field by their teammates after their final practice at Rice Stadium on Friday.
Rice defeated New Mexico State 45-19
Rice defeated Tulsa 30-27
Rice became bowl-eligible for the second time in as many years in the Owls' 45-7 victory over UTEP. Oct. 26, 2013
Two-Time, All-CUSA selection who set a school career record by breaking up 38 passes in his career... Closed his career by recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown and breaking up two passes in the Liberty Bowl.
Earned first-team, All C-USA honors from league coaches for second consecutive year... Last Owl to earn consecutive first-team honors was Jarett Dillard, who was a three-time choice from 2006-09... Playing in the 2014 East-West Shrine game... Played in 52 career games and started in 40, including the final 35 consecutive... Targeted 40 times in the regular season and allowed just 13 receptions while defending 13 others (4 interceptions, 9 PBUs)... Led team with four interceptions, tied for team lead with 13 passes defended and was second with nine PBUs... 38 career pass breakups are a school record... Picked off his fourth pass of season vs. La Tech to take over the team lead... Picked of first career pass vs. Houston and added his second at New Mexico State and third at UNT... Had a career-high 4 TFL (loss of 14)... Only junior to be selected a captain for the 2012 team and the preseason choice by conference coaches as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. On Watch Lists for both Jim Thorpe Award and Walter Camp All-America.
Returned to his role as the Owls' leader in the defensive backfield after missing most of 2011 with an injury... Consensus All-Conference USA selection and a member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football's postseason All-Texas College team who led CUSA and was second nationally with 18 pass breakups... Total does not include the most important breakup of the year, his stripping of a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt by Tulane with less than a minute in the game... PBUs saved 38 points from scoring (6 TD passes plus the two-point attempt)... Led the conference and was tied for eighth nationally with 1.50 passes defended per game... Gaines' PBU total is seven more than his career total coming into the season and are the most in school history... They also are tied for the 10th most in NCAA history since the statistic was first tracked in 2003... Broke up four passes in back-to-back games vs. Marshall and Houston... Matched his career-best with a pair of tackles for loss... Top tackle game was seven at Kansas... Returned a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown vs. Memphis, his second career defensive touchdown (recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone vs. SMU in 2010).
Made three starts before sustaining an injury at Southern Miss... Credited with a pair of tackles, including one for a loss and broke up a pass in the home opener vs. Purdue... Picked up his second career sack, as well as five tackles and a pass breakup in the opener at Texas.
Won the Jess Neely Defensive Award for defensive backs after placing third on the team with 64 tackles... Broke up six passes, including one in each of the last four games... Returned to the starting lineup at Tulsa and was credited with eight tackles and also blocked a PAT... Matched his career high with a pair of pass breakups vs. UTEP... Scored his first career touchdown, recovering a fumbled punt return in the end zone vs. SMU... Credited with nine tackles as well as his first sack and forced fumble against Northwestern... Returned to the starting lineup for the season-opener against Texas and was credited with a career-best seven tackles... Added six stops against North Texas.
True freshman who became a solid starter before his season was cut short by injury... Earned freshman All C-USA recognition from Rivals.com... Returned to the starting lineup vs. SMU and credited with three tackles, before suffering an injury that ended his season... Had not started the last two games due a broken wrist suffered vs. Navy, but has played with a cast... Had started four straight games and chalked up 18 tackles over that stretch before his injury, including back-to-back, career-high games with five tackles (Tulsa and Navy)... Broke up a pair of passes against Vanderbilt... Made his first career start at Oklahoma State... Earned a start after picking up four tackles at Texas Tech... Made his debut in the opener at UAB.
Converse Judson High School
Two-year letterman for Coach Jim Rackley at Converse Judson ... Totaled 110 tackles and four interceptions during his two seasons ... Blocked five kicks as a senior ... Played in the Region III final at Rice Stadium as a junior as Judson advanced to the state title game ... Ranked as one of the top 110 hurdlers in the state as a senior ... Ran a leg on Judson's 4x100m relay that finished third at the state track meet as a junior ... A member of the National Honor Society.
Full Name: Phillip Gaines.. Born: April 4, 1991 at Concord, Mass. .... Parents: Susan McFarland and Bill Gaines , San Antonio... (one brother). ...Rice major: Economics.