In advance of their final game at Rice Stadium on Friday, we salute our 19 seniors.
Enjoying a dominant senior season.
Leads the team with 8.5 sacks which are tied for second with Scott Solomon (2011) on the Rice season chart. Brandon Greene holds the school record with 12 in 2001. ...Ranks second in C-USA and ninth in the nation with an average of .94 sacks per game...Set a school record with five sacks and added three forced fumbles vs. FIU...Named the Bronko Nagurski Award National Defensive Player of the Week, C-USA Defensive Player of the Week, earned a helmet sticker from ESPN College Football Final, as well as national defensive honors from College Football Madness and the College Football Performance Awards...Became the first FBS player to record five sacks in a game since Quanterus Smith of WKU, who also did it vs. FIU (10/27/12) before those schools were members of C-USA...Five sacks also rank as the second-most in C-USA history...Made an immediate impact on his return to action vs. NT after being out since Texas A&M, with a pair of tackles, both for loss, including sharing a crucial sack with Christian Covington late in the first half...Tied for team lead with a career-high six tackles in his first career start vs. Notre Dame in opener...Picked up Owls first sack of the year vs. ND.
Credited with a career-high 18 tackles, including three for loss... Top game was three tackles vs. Houston.
Backup performer at defensive end who was credited with a career-best eight tackles... Credited with a career-best two in the opener vs. UCLA and matched that vs. Marshall... Credited with a tackle and recovered a fumble on a kickoff return in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Made his debut against Texas in the opener and also saw action as a reserve against Purdue both at defensive end and on special teams...Credited with his first career tackle at Baylor and also forced a fumble on a kickoff return... Repeated those numbers the following week at Southern Miss, with his forced fumble returned for a touchdown by Michael Kutzler... Picked up a solo stop vs. Memphis.
Honey Grove High School
Four-time All District 11-2A selection for coach James Fuller at Honey Grove...Led the Warriors in rushing for three consecutive seasons... Team reached the area championship in both his freshman and sophomore seasons... Also played basketball and earned All Red River Valley honorable mention as a sophomore... Academic All District... Member of the Beta Club.
Full Name: Zachary Patt... Born: Feb. 6, 1992 at Paris... Parents: Roy Gene and Delores Patt (one brother)... Rice major: Political Science... Rice College: Jones.