Southern Miss 44, Rice 28
Chris Thurmond previews the Owls defense
Bailiff held his press conference prior to Friday night's game at UTEP.
More than 2,500 Conference USA athletes honored
Rice defeated Prairie View 65-44
Rice opened the 2016 home schedule by dropping a 38-10 decision to Baylor.
The Owls defeat the Wagner Seahawks 56-16 in the 2015 season opener.
Rice held its second practice of the Owls' 2015 training camp on August 7
Rice defeated Army 41-12 on October 11.
Most experienced of the Owls corners heading into spring with 20 career starts... 2016 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Started 11 of 12 games and was credited with a career-high 37 tackles... Graded 100% vs. UTEP... Picked off his second career pass on a deflection at Southern Miss and added a TFL, a forced fumble and a PBU vs. the Golden Eagles... Returned to the starting lineup at corner in the opener at WKU and was credited with a career-high six tackles
Credited with a career-best five tackles at Baylor and matched that at UTEP... Tied for team lead with four tackles vs. Texas... Made his first career start vs. Wagner and was credited with one tackle.
Shook off an injury in fall camp to move into the cornerback rotation as a true freshman...Played in the last 10 games and was credited with three tackles, a pair of pass breakups and one interception... Also returned a pair of kickoffs for 33 yards... Made his debut at Southern Miss and then picked off his first career pass the following week vs. Hawai'i... Credited with two tackles at FIU... Broke up passes at Army and Marshall.
Travis Bryan High School
First team All-District 14-5A as a senior for coach Ross Rogers and also named district return specialist MVP... Second-team All Brazos Valley... Finished senior year with 50 tackles (two for loss), broke up six passes and intercepted another... Hauled in five career interceptions on defense while catching 45 passes for 731 yards and five scores on offense... All-district selection in basketball and regional qualifier in high jump... Academic All-State in basketball as a freshman and in football as a senior.
Full name: Vernon James Banks... Born: May 2, 1995 in Baton Rouge, La. ... Parents: Vernon and Mary Banks (one sister)... Rice major: Kinesiology.