June 5, 2014
Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced on Thursday that senior defensive tackle Stuart Mouchantaf has suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and will miss the 2014 season. Mouchantaf is eligible for a redshirt and will now work towards returning for the 2015 season.
Mouchantaf started the first eight games alongside junior Christian Covington on the interior of the Owls' defensive front wall before he was injured early in the game against UTEP and was lost for the remainder of the season. He reinjured his knee during recent rehabilitation work and required additional surgical repair.
"This is a tough blow because we were excited about having Christian and `Mooch' back together this season," Bailiff said. "Dylan Klare, Ross Winship and Cody Henessee all stepped up after he was hurt last season, so we will obviously depend on them heavily this year and I know Chris Thurmond and his defensive staff will look at some other options before we open camp in August."
In eight games last fall, Mouchantaf was credited with 33 tackles, including 25 over his final five games. He was credited with a career-high eight stops, including 1.5 for loss in the Owls' overtime win at Tulsa.
Rice will open training camp for the 2014 season on August 4 and open the 2014 season on August 30 at Notre Dame.