13 Owls Honored by C-USA Coaches
Junior defensive end Brian Nordstrom, who leads Conference USA in tackles for loss leads a group of 13 Rice Owls who were honored by league coaches on the 2014 All C-USA Football Team which was announced on Tuesday.
Nordstrom was named to the first team, while senior , Nico Carlson, Bryce Callahan and Jordan Taylor were named to the second team. In addition, nine players received honorable mention recognition: Jowan Davis, Ian Gray, Mario Hull, Alex Lyons, Zach Patt, James Radcliffe, Andrew Reue, Matt Simonette and Julius White.
Defensive end Graysen Schantz was honored by league coaches as a member of the 2014 C-USA All Freshman team.
In his first year as a starter, Nordstrom became a dominant force, compiling 18.5 tackles for loss heading into the Hawai’i Bowl. His total is tied for seventh nationally and ranks second in school history while his 7.5 sacks are fifth-best in C-USA and tied for sixth at Rice. He was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America second team and was named to the 2014 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List which is created at midseason and based on current season performance.
Carlson put together his most consistent performance in his third year as a starter at guard for the Owls. He has made 37 career starts.
Callahan has been credited with a career-high 38 tackles this year and is tied for the team lead with seven pass breakups. He tied his career-high with three tackles for loss and picked off the 12th pass of his career to take over sole possession of fourth on the Owls career list.
Taylor stormed to the top of the conference receiving lists after missing most of the first four games of the season. In his final eight games, he caught 48 passes for 780 yards and six touchdowns and his average of 86.8 yards per game leads the league. He has a career-high four games with better than 100 yards receiving this year, and tied the school record with an 88-yard touchdown reception against North Texas.
Schantz stepped into the starting role opposite Nordstrom when senior Zach Patt was sidelined and he responded with 21 tackles, including seven for loss, three of them sacks. He picked up two of his three sacks in the Owls 28-14 win over Hawai’i
Owls Place Three on C-USA Football Academic Squad
Rice Football led the way with three honorees on the 15-man 2014 C-USA All-Academic Football Team which was announced by the conference office on Thursday.
Rice juniors James Farrimond and Brian Nordstrom and graduate student James Hairston were selected in voting conducted by the league’s sports information directors. The three selections were the most for the Owls since they placed three in both 2009 and 2010.
Farrimond, who has handled the Owls punting chores for the past two years and is ranked fifth in C-USA this year with a 42. 2 average carries a 3.64 GPA with a double major in Economics and Sport Management. He also took over as the Owls placekicker during the middle portion of the 2014 season, converting 8/11 field goals and converting all 25 PATs. He ranks second on the team in scoring with 49 points.
Nordstrom, who was named a member of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football team earlier on Thursday, carries a 3.63 GPA in Civil Engineering. He leads the Owls and is tied for 10th nationally with 18.5 tackles for loss, which ranks second in school history behind Brandon Green (21 in 2001). He has 7.5 sacks this season, which matches the sixth-best total in school history.
He has 43 tackles this year, with nearly half of them resulting in yardage lost. His top individual game came in a 17-7 Homecoming win over UTSA when he was credited with a career-high six tackles, including 2.5 sacks and forced fumble.
Hairston, who is pursuing a Masters in Statistics after transferring to Rice from LSU this summer, has posted a 4.0 GPA in his coursework. He has handled kickoff chores all season for the Owls in addition to converting 4/8 field goals and all 19 PATs.
Nordstrom Named Academic All-American
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Sunshine Kids Fundraiser – “Score For More”
Rice Student / Athletes Driphus Jackson, Connor Cella, Dani Spriggs (Soccer) are leading the efforts for “Score For More”
A fundraiser to help benefit The Sunshine Kids and their annual holiday party.
100% of the proceeds will go primarily toward the gift shop that is set up each year for the kids.
The goal is to donate a ($1) dollar per touchdown scored by the Rice University Football Team, but any donation is appreciated.
As of 10/23/2014 the Rice Owls now have 23 touchdowns on the season
For more information contact: Driphus Jackson – Dj4@rice.edu
RICE STRONG T-SHIRTS FOR SALE
Rice Strong T-shirts will be for sale home tailgates for $20. Sizes small -3XL -men’s and women’s cuts.
For other styles and sizes, they can still order from Bamboa Sports. Contact Brent Marquardt directly at brent@Bamboa.net or 405-573-3256 for special orders and reduced prices.