April 28, 2012
Rice defensive end Scott Solomon had to wait until late Saturday afternoon, but the phone call he was hoping for finally came when the Tennessee Titans traded back into the NFL Draft to select the Owls defensive end with the fourth pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Solomon bounced back from a broken foot that held him out of all of the 2010 season to post career highs in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (13.5) while tying the school career record with 24 sacks and earning second team All C-USA honors.
He had at least one TFL in eight of his last nine games and closed the season ranked among the top five active players in sacks, solo sacks, tackles for loss and solo tackles for loss. He was one of 19 defensive ends who were named to the final Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. He also earned All C-USA Football Academic Honors after posting a 3.3 GPA in Political Science.
Rice head coach David Bailiff, who signed Solomon as a late addition to the Owls' 2007 recruiting class as one of his first moves after taking over as head coach, said Solomon's drafting was a direct result of this tireless work ethic.
"Scott realized his dream today, and he only was able to do so because of the dedication and perseverance he showed after he injured his foot in 2010. He never stopped working and never gave up on his dream of reaching the NFL. I am excited for him and know that the Titans have added a tremendous talent to their roster."
Solomon is the first Rice player to be drafted by the Titans. Prior to their move to Tennessee as the Houston Oilers, the franchise drafted a total four players from Rice, most recently taking Alan Pringle and Jody Medford in 1975.