Rice football returned to the practice field with a few new faces in the mix on Monday. Here’s the latest from Mike Bloomgren and the Owls.
Quarterback depth chart
Juma Otoviano and the wildcat package were effective against North Texas. He’ll be in the mix for some reps, but barring an injury, it doesn’t appear that Austin Trammell will see any snaps at quarterback.
Wiley Green is healthy. After back-to-back weeks with a banged up signal caller that seemed worth mentioning here. Joining Green in the offensive backfield next week will be Emmanuel Esukpa, who should be 100 percent against UTEP after missing the last two games.
Two faces the Owls’ haven’t seen on the field yet this year were back in action on practice on Monday. Cornerback Isaiah Richardson participated in individual drills and continues to progress. He’s day to day, as is freshman wide receiver August Pitre. He did individual drills and is scheduled to participate in 7-on-7 drills tomorrow. Both these players are on track to available soon but haven’t been ruled in or out against UTEP quite yet.
Running back platoon in full effect
In addition to Esukpa at practice, there were plenty of mouths to feed in the backfield. Aston Walter, Nashon Ellerbee, Austin Walter and Otoviano all saw some touches during practice. They won’t be able to get each guy a ton of volume every week, but the backfield will have plenty of fresh legs whenever Esukpa or Austin Walter need a breather.