Owls Open Spring Drills on March 11

David Bailiff welcomes back 43 lettermen on Tuesday

March 7, 2014

David Bailiff welcomes the squad for the start of Spring Practice.

First workout will start at 4 p.m. and is the first of 14 practices leading up to the annual Blue-Gray Spring Game, which will kick off at 7 p.m. on April 11.

Day Date Time
Tuesday March 11 4 p.m.
Thursday March 13 4 p.m
Saturday March 15 9 a.m.
Monday March 17 4 p.m
Wednesday March 19 4 p.m
Friday March 21 4 p.m
Saturday March 22 9 a.m
Monday March 24 4 p.m
Wednesday March 26 4 p.m
Friday March 28 4 p.m
Monday March 31 4 p.m
Tuesday April 1 4 p.m
Monday April 7 4 p.m
Wednesday April 9 4 p.m
Friday April 11 7 p.m.
Spring Practices are open to the public.
All dates and times subject to change
The Owls return 21 lettermen on offense, 20 on defense and a pair of specialists off a squad that won the school's first outright conference title in 56 years and tied the school record for wins, finishing at 10-4. Rice returns six starters on each side of the ball including All C-USA defensive tackle Christian Covington as well as senior wide receiver Jordan Taylor and senior cornerback Bryce Callahan, who both earned second team All C-USA honors last year.

The main focus of the spring will be replacing several offensive mainstays from the past three years: All C-USA running back Charles Ross, who rushed for 1,280 yards and scored 15 touchdowns on the ground; All C-USA center Nate Richards, who anchored the Owls offensive line for two seasons; quarterback Taylor McHargue, who compiled over 7,500 yards of total offense and wide receiver Donte Moore, who had 76 career receptions for 900 yards.

Defensively, Rice must find a replacement for two-time, All C-USA cornerback Phillip Gaines, leading tackler Michael Kutzler, safety Paul Porras, who finished his career ranked ninth on the Rice career tackle chart, and starting defensive ends Cody Bauer and Tanner Leland.

The Owls will also look to find the replacement for kicker Chris Boswell, who re-wrote the Rice record book, finishing with 359 career points and 62 career field goals.

Weekday practices will begin at 4 p.m., while Saturday workouts are schedule for 9 a.m.





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