Kansas Football: Preview of Rice

The second game of the season for Kansas takes place on Sept. 14th. The Jayhawks will travel to face Rice at 6:30 p.m. central time. Last season, Rice finished 7-6 overall, with wins over Kansas on Sept. 8th, 25-24 in Lawrence and a victory over Air Force in Armed Forces Bowl, 33-14.

Rice begins the 2013-14 season vs Texas A&M on August 31st. After taking one week off, the Owls host Kansas in the team’s home opener. The Owls are led by quarterback Taylor McHargue on offense and the duo of Cameron Nwosu and Philip Gaines on defense.

McHargue can lead by passing or running. The team also has a strong backup in Driphus Jackson who keyed the team’s bowl win over Air Force with a 15-21 passing performance and 261 yards. McHargue can run the ball well as shown by his 667 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Jackson has more of the arm.

Charles Ross and Turner Peterson are both very viable running backs. Ross rushed for 800 yards and Peterson picked up 591 yards. Rice is weak at the wide receiver spot, bringing in some freshmen

Nwosu racked up 92 tackles and two interceptions last year. Christian Covington and Hosam Shanin are both strong lineman. Covington made 43 tackles to go with five sacks, while Shanin added 45 tackles and five sacks. Gaines added 33 tackles and was named a nominee for the Thorpe award for top defensive back in the nation.

Rice has been picked by many to be right around where they were last year as a .500 team and a contender in the conference USA.

Aug 3, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Rice Owls quarterback Taylor McHargue (16) is a big threat on the ground for the team’s offense. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 

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