March 8, 2012
Rice head football coach David Bailiff will open his sixth year of Spring Football drills on Friday afternoon when the Owls take to the turf at Rice Stadium for the first time. Practices are scheduled to begin each day at approximately 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the schedule below.
2012 SPRING FOOTBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10 (10 am)
Monday, March 12 (first day in pads) Tuesday, March 13
Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16 (Scrimmage)
Monday, March 19
Tuesday, March 20
Wednesday, March 21 (Scrimmage)
Monday, March 26
Tuesday, March 27
Thursday, March 29
Friday, March 30 (Spring Game 7 pm)
Monday, April 2
Wednesday, April 4
The Owls hold will three scrimmages during the spring, the final one being the annual Spring Game on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS
Bailiff will welcome a total of 44 lettermen to the start of spring drills, including 19 on offense, 25 on defense and one specialist. Officially, the Owls are counting five returning starters on both offense and defense, based upon their status in 2012. Offensive starters back include: OG Drew Carroll, WR Vance McDonald, QB Taylor McHargue, WR Donte Moore and TE Luke Willson. Defensive starters back include: CB Bryce Callahan, SAF Corey Frazier, LB Cameron Nwosu, SAF Paul Porras, and DE Jared Williams. The starter count does not include CB Phillip Gaines, who was injured in the fourth game of 2011 or LB Trey Briggs and DE Corey Bauer, who were fulltime starters in 2010 but missed last season while recovering from surgery.
Chris Thurmond opens the spring as the Owls new Defensive Coordinator and is joined on the defensive side of the ball by Darrell Patterson (Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers) and newcomers Larry Hoefer (safeties) and Michael Slater (defensive line). John Reagan returns for his second season as the Owls Offensive Coordinator and has taken over coaching the Owls running backs this year. He is joined by Larry Edmondson (Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Billy Lynch (receivers), Ronnie Vinklarek (offensive line) and David Sloan, who takes over as the tight end coach after serving in a quality control role last season. Lynch has also assumed the role as the Owls Recruiting Coordinator this year.
Rice University is the midst of a year-long Centennial Celebration, commemorating its founding in 1912. The Celebration will culminate with a week of activities leading up the 2012 Homecoming game between Rice and UTSA on October 13. The Owls will open their portion of the Rice Centennial Celebration when they kick off the 2012 season by hosting the UCLA Bruins at Rice Stadium on September 1.