|31 Brian Raines
Rice -- All-conference candidate again as a senior... Named the
Elite Owl in 2007 for his efforts in the weight room.
2008: Came back from surgery just six weeks earlier to return to action against Houston and was credited with six tackles (1.5 for loss) and his first career interception... Has twice been advised his season and career had come to close due to an injury... First injured at Memphis (knee) but was able to return to the field vs. Tulsa in a back-up role and was credited with a season-high seven tackles... Returned to the starting lineup vs. Southern Miss and was credited with one tackle before breaking both bones in his left forearm on the first series of the game. Underwent surgery to to have a pair of metal plates and 12 screws inserted to aid the recovery process. Was cleared by doctors to practice prior to the Marshall game for action against Houston. .. Ranked 15th among active NCAA defenders with 155 career unassisted tackles before his last injury... Credited with six stops in the opener against SMU... Came into the season within striking distance of the Rice career tackle record.... Fellow Fort Bend Willowridge product O.J. Brigance holds the Rice career mark with 367 tackles... Has been elected team captain as both a sophomore and junior at the conclusion of the season, and served as a game captain for the opener against SMU.
2007: Butkus Award candidate saw his season slowed by an injury in the Southern Miss game... Tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles and led the
conference with an average of .27 per-game... Finished second on the team 10 tackles for loss and tied
for second with three sacks despite missing one game.... Missed the Houston game with an injury, breaking a streak of 16 consecutive starts at linebacker...
Second on the team with 81 tackles this year and has
199 in 31 career starts at linebacker... Returned
to action against Memphis and was credited with a
season-high 12 tackles, including his fifth tackle for loss... Topped double figures in tackles nine times in his last 26 games.
Rice Single-season Total Tackles|
|196|| Robert Williamson,1980|
|136|| Wayne Harpold, 1982|
| 131|| Randy Piel, 1974 |
|128|| O.J. Brigance, 1988 |
| 127|| Rodney Norton, 1974 |
|127 || Richard Gray, 1982 |
| 127 || Tony Barker, 1991|
| 121|| Larry Izzo, 1995|
|118||Brian Raines, 2006 |
| 113 || Joe Davis, 1994/td>|
2006: All-Conference USA selection by the media as well as the Houston Chronicle... Piled up 118 tackles to lead the team and finish second in the conference... Tackle total ranks 9th in school history and is the most by an Owl since Larry Izzo totaled 121 in 1995... Led C-USA with five forced fumbles, the most by an Owl since Brandon Green forced five in 2002... Averaged 6.54 primary stops per game, tied for seventh best in the nation, and 9.08 total tackles per game (25th best)... Finished 8th in the conference with 12.5 tackles for loss, which also ranked second on the team... Earned C-USA defensive player of the week accolades after his effort against SMU to help the Owls clinch a bowl berth... Had an outstanding game against SMU - made 11 tackles, forced a pair of fumbles (recovering one himself) and stopped DeMyron Martin of SMU after a 64-yard gain at the Rice 1-yard line... The Owls' defense then held SMU to force a field goal and set up Jarett Dillard's eventual game winning score... Opened the year with a bang, totaling 17 tackles against Houston in his first career start... Topped double figures in tackles six times on the season... Named one of fourcaptains in a vote of his teammates at the conclusion of the season, joining Andray Downs, Jarett Dillard and Chase Clement.
2005: Played in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams as a true freshman... Credited with 25 tackles (18 primary)... Had at least one tackle in 10 of 11 games, topped by season-highs of five at East Carolina and SMU.
High School -- 2005 graduate of Willowridge High in southwest Houston... Two-time all-District 20-5A selection for coach Darrell Scurlock... Played in the 2005 Bayou Bowl against an all-star team from Louisiana in June... Recieved a Texas flag from the THSCA as the state's player of the week... Named to the preseason top 300 list in Dave Campbell's Texas Football... All-greater Houston... Team captain as both junior and senior... Shared sophomore of the year honors in 2002... Also competed in track for the Eagles... National Honor Society member... Senior class president... Scholar-Athlete Award winner from the Touchdown Club of Houston... Named to honor roll throughout his Willowridge career... Graduated in the top six percent of his class... Participated in the Peer Leadership program.
Personal -- Full Name: Brian J. Raines... Born: April 14, 1987, at Houston.. Parents: Cornelius and Angela Raines, Houston (one brother)... Rice major: economics/mangerial studies.