Rice football returns to conference play against UTSA in Week 6. Recent results should play an impact in which players see the most of the field against the Roadrunners.
As of Monday, there were no official changes to the starters on either side of the ball. But, that doesn’t mean new faces won’t be involved against UTSA on Saturday. Prudy Calderon has seen an uptick in time with the first team and could push for a starting spot in the coming weeks.
Mike Bloomgren directly made mention of left guard Cole Garcia and fullback Gio Gentossi. Garcia is challenging Jack Greene along the interior of the offensive line whereas Gentossi. Gentossi is in the mix with several guys at fullback and tight end has seen some playing time this year. The injury to Jordan Meyers has opened up more opportunities for him, and he’s taken advantage of those. He’s another guy that will continue to see more snaps.
Outside of those areas, I don’t expect to see many wholesale changes against UTSA. Antonio Montero, Kebreyun Page and Jason White are a few guys to keep an eye on for down the road.
Bloomgren says the goal of opening up position battles during the season is to “make people the best version of themselves” and “get everyone else to play at the level of our leaders.” Competition makes everyone better, and this team still has plenty of room for improvement.
Senior linebacker Martin Nwakamma echoed the need for improvement and thinks the team is headed in the right direction. As one of the teams eldest members, Nwakamma would know as well as anyone what progress looks like. He said there was “no silver bullet”, but he could see things like turnovers and big plays begin to happen more frequently when the team studied and executed the gameplan more carefully.