The Rice Owls recorded seven tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in their 49-24 loss to the UCLA Bruins. Despite losing in Week 1, the Owls could prove to be a tough team on defense against the Jayhawks.
Dayne Crist and Tony Pierson will need to be on their game if they want to win on Saturday. The Owls are a team on defense that can force fumbles and record interceptions. Crist will be the most important Jayhawk that the Owls’ defense will be targeting in Week 2.
Kyle Prater (#44, linebacker)
- Redshirt senior from Kerrville, Texas
- 6-foot-1, 230 pounds
Kyle Prater is a transfer student from the LSU Tigers. He spent three years at LSU because he was redshirted in 2008 as a freshman. He transferred to Rice in the summer of 2010. He was mainly used on special teams at first while at Rice, but soon developed into a dominate player. His biggest strength is his ability to pass rush and Rice calls it his specialty.
Last year, Prater played in twelve games for the Rice Owls. In these twelve games, he recorded 19 total tackles,one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hurry.
Cameron Nwosu (#57, linebacker)
- Junior from Houston, Texas
- 5-foot-10, 240 pounds
During his sophomore season at Rice, Cameron Nwosu made a name for himself. Nwosu was a third-team All C-USA pick by Phil Steele and a honorable mention All C-USA pick by league coaches. He also lead the team and is sixth in C-USA with 108 tackles this season, was the first Rice linebacker to top 100 tackles in a season since Brian Raines, and had two of the Owls national-leading four fumble returns for scores.
Nwosu played in twelve games for the Owls last year. He recorded 108 total tackles (lead team), 6 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one being a touchdown against Houston), and three quarterback hurries.
Bryce Callahan (#29, defensive back)
- Redshirted sophomore from Cypress, Texas
- 5-foot-10, 180 pounds
Las year as a freshman, Bryce Callahan made a huge statement at Rice. Callahan was named freshman All-American by Sporting News and Scout.com, second team all-conference by Rivals.com, and third team all-conference by Phil Steele. He also earned C-USA All Freshman team and honorable mention All-Conference USA selection by league coaches. He led C-USA in interceptions (6) and second in passes defended (15). All of his interceptions came in the last nine games after playing role expanded due an injury to Philip Gaines.
Callahan played in twelve games for the Owls last season. He recorded 34 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, half of a sack, six interceptions, and nice broken up passes.
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