April 5, 2013
Rice will honor the three players who became the Owls' first African-American football players as well as the player who served as their recruiting host in 1968 by having current Owls wear their numbers during the 2013 season.
Rodrigo Barnes, Mike Tyler and Stahle Vincent, along with their recruiting host, Bucky Allshouse, will be recognized tonight at halftime of the Blue-Gray Spring Game on Friday at Rice Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 for a free tailgate, while kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Barnes began his career wearing #82 but wore #90 during his stellar senior year as a defensive end in 1971. Senior defensive end Cody Bauer will honor him by wearing 90 this fall. Mike Tyler was a three-year standout at defensive back while wearing #24 and senior defensive back Paul Porras will honor him in the same number.
Vincent became the first African-American quarterback to play in the Southwest Conference in 1969 before switching to running back as a junior. Senior running back Charles Ross will change from 28 to 12 in his honor this year. Allshouse wore #40 during his three years as defensive back and junior safety Gabe Baker will change from 27 to 40 in his honor.
Rice head coach David Bailiff began the Honor Jersey tradition in 2012 when Turner Petersen and Cameron Nwosu changed their numbers to honor King Hill and OJ Brigance. Both players have elected to wear those honor numbers as seniors this year.
Allshouse was an All SWC selection as a defensive back and won the George Martin award as the Owls' MVP in 1970 before going into a career in law and serving on the Rice Board of Trustees.
Rodrigo Barnes earned All SWC and All America honors as a defensive end and linebacker at Rice who went on to play four seasons in the NFL, including a Super Bowl championship with Oakland in 1976.
Tyler and Barnes were rivals in high school while growing up in Waco, but they joined together to be defensive stalwarts at Rice. Mike was the first of our three honorees to sign with Rice and went on to earn All SWC honors and was drafted by the Detroit Lions.
Vincent completed 51% of his passes and threw for 556 yards while breaking the SWC color barrier at quarterback in 1969. He moved to running back in 1970 and ranks 14th on the Rice career chart with 1,675 yards while earning All SWC honors and being named Rice's MVP in 1971. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
All four players will be honored again this fall during a Rice home game.
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