by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org) -
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren announced on Monday the addition of two graduate transfers and one player from junior college who will join the Owls for the 2018 football season.
Offensive linemen Andrew Mike (6-6, 301) who saw action for three seasons at Florida and fullback Giovanni Gentosi (6-2, 250), who played in all 13 games and started six for UCLA in 2017 along with Los Angeles Pierce College linebacker Blaze Alldredge (6-2, 210) will join the Owls for summer activities in advance of the opening of training camp on July 26.
Mike saw action in all 11 games for Florida in 2017 and played in 27 games for the Gators in his career. Originally from Tucson, Arizona where he earned Division III All-State honors on both offense and defense, Mike chose Florida over offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Nebraska and Washington.
Gentosi originally came to UCLA as an offensive lineman after a standout prep career at Corona del Mar High School, but switched to fullback during his redshirt season while also working at tight end. He made seven career starts for the Bruins, including six last year (Hawai'i, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Kansas State). He caught six passes for 51 yards and added 10 rushing yards on three carries.
Alldredge, who has three years of eligibility remaining, was the third leading tackler at Los Angeles Pierce College as a freshman. He was credited with 88 tackles in 10 games, including nine tackles for loss (two sacks), broke up four passes, intercepted two others and blocked a pair of kicks. He was a two-year starter at Celebration (FL) High School, finishing with 170 tackles on defense and 610 all-purpose yards on offense.
Rice opens the Mike Bloomgren era on August 25 when the Owls host Prairie View A&M at Rice Stadium.
Season tickets for the 2018 campaign featuring six home games start at $100 and are available online or by calling the Rice Athletics Ticket Office at (713) 348-OWLS. For additional ticket and game day information for the 2018 football season, please visit the football ticket page.