Owls Kick off FanFest with Saturday Scrimmage

Aug. 12, 2017

by Chuck Pool (cpool@rice.edu) -

As the kickoff to the third annual Fan Fest at Rice Stadium, the Rice Owls held their second scrimmage of their 2017 training camp on a steamy Saturday in Houston.

In the nearly two hours of activity, the Owls offense and defense battled in a number of scenarios, including goal line and two-minute drills, with the offense converting on a total of eight opportunities for touchdowns while the defense forced five turnovers and turned one into a score when true freshman safety George Nyakwol scooped up a fumble and returned it 60 yards for the longest play of the day.

Emmanuel Esukpa and Sam Stewart each scored twice while Nahshon Ellerbe and Austin Walter added a single score on the ground.

V'.J. Banks picked off one pass, broke up another and recovered a fumble to lead the defense. Cole Thomas added a second interception while Blain Padgett joined Banks and Nyakwol with a fumble recovery.

The schedule for the remaining week of training camp will shift slightly this week with the start of O Week on campus, leading up to their departure for Sydney, Australia on August. 20.





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