WR Deontray Clay 6-0 226 Sr Cooper (Cooper TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target]
Clay is the star of the group. One of the most accomplished (if not the most) WR in CFBHC history, Biletnikoff winner, Burlsworth winner, 1st team All-American, only player to lead CFBHC in receiving twice. Still amazed he returned for his senior year. He was everything I hoped for when I got him as a 2.5/5.0 croot, an instant top-flight WR for McLean. He has averaged over 7 recs, 100 yards, and a TD per game during his time here.
WR Darius Watkins 5-11 168 (Sr) Denison (Denison TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed]
Watkins has been Clay's vice-president during their 4 year tenure. Clay/Watkins has been the tandem since they were freshman. A stud in the slot, Watkins had 30 TDs in his first two seasons before dropping off a cliff last season, seeing his production halved despite the offense and his role being the same. He has to prove this season that his early production was not just a product of McLean.
OT A'Shawn McNair 6-5 262 (Sr) DeLeon (DeLeon TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking]
McNair has been the four year starter at left tackle. The blind-side protector. Hard to tell if how much NFLHC talent he has but I know C-USA DEs haven't fared well against him. He will be hard to replace.
OG Marcelo Moon 6-2 285 Sr Kilgore College (Kilgore TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking]
Moon came in as a JUCO last season, knowing that I would need to replace 1st round pick Raphael Brannon this season. Not much to say other than A'Shawn McNair and Marcelo Moon are cool names.
ATH Brandon Dawkins 6-7 268 (Sr) Floydada (Floydada TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]
If Dawkins was a 5.0, he'd be a top prospect. He's been a stud. In his 27 career games, he's made 23 statsheets, 24 TFLs, and 27.5 sacks. He's very consistent and almost every box score in the past two seasons, I see him with a TFL and a sack. He lives in the backfield. With him being a 6-7, 268 lb blitzing athlete, he certainly turns heads. (For draft scouts, he's been playing as a 4-3 DE).
OLB Austin Talbert 6-3 222 Sr Central Carolina Community College (Pittsboro NC) 4.5 of 5.0 [Blitz]
This is actually Talbert's first season at Rice, played JUCO last season. Wanted to redshirt him but my 4.0/4.0 blitz OLB declared early so Talbert has to fill the gap now.
P Raymond Land 6-1 182 (Sr) Houston Lutheran North (Houston TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power]
A three year starter at punter, Land hopefully doesn't see the field much.
WR Curtis Crump 5-11 195 (Sr) Floydada (Floydada TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed]
C Thomas Amato 6-3 265 (Sr) Hazel Green (Hazel Green AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
FS Abdul Starks 6-1 185 (Sr) Huntsville (Huntsville TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
LS Alec Lowry 6-0 260 Sr Flatonia (Flatonia TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Specialized]
RB Kaden Porter 5-9 203 (Sr) Cooper (Cooper TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed]
RB Dylan Gardner 5-7 187 Sr Albany (Albany LA) 2.0 of 2.0 [Speed]
TE Chance Barber 6-6 194 Sr W.B. Travis (Austin TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]
TE Mateo Walters 6-4 201 Sr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Receiving]
OG Bronson Alexander 6-6 305 (Sr) Kaufer (Riviera TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
OT Alex Reedy 6-3 321 Sr Woodsboro (Woodsboro TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]
OT Hunter Curran 6-6 268 Sr Greenhill (Dallas TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking]
OT Frederick Higgins 6-7 294 Sr Pineville (Pineville LA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking]
DT Xavier Ransom 6-2 300 (Sr) New Deal (New Deal TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap]
DT Giovanni Jenkins 6-2 311 Sr Greenhill (Dallas TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [1-Gap]
OLB Liam Whitt 5-11 240 Sr Lordsburg (Lordsburg NM) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz]
OLB Mark Bynum 5-11 237 Sr Cooper (Cooper TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz]
OLB Solomon Rizzo 5-11 230 Sr Pasadena (Pasadena TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Coverage]
CB Bruce Blackwell 6-2 165 Sr Iraan (Iraan TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
CB Mario Posey 5-11 173 Sr Fort Stockton (Fort Stockton TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage]
SS Joel Nunn 5-11 171 Sr Frankston (Frankston TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
Overall, there is a lot on the line this season as I think we have a legit title shot. But I still have to figure out QB Benjamin Yates or else I'm not winning the C-USA. Also, there's a lot of players I'm excited to see at the next level. Despite most people thinking Rice has been this super-talented team beating the shit out of the C-USA, Rice has only had 6 players drafted in its 10 year history. Southern Miss has had 7 players drafted in its 6 year history. But now it's time (hopefully) for Rice to become a talent factory as I'm expecting to double the amount of Rice players in the NFLHC with this class. Going to be tough to replace the holes left behind.