Rice football‘s 2018 season was filled with incredible individual efforts, a few of which were recognized by Conference USA.
Jack Fox led the way as the only Rice Football player to receive CUSA first team honors following the 2018 season. Rice had no players named to the second team, but landed nine different recognitions as honorable mentions.
First Team Special Teams
P – Jack Fox, Sr., Rice
Honorable Mention – Offense
RB – Austin Walter, Sr., Rice
OL – Sam Pierce, Sr., Rice
WR – Aaron Cephus, So., Rice
WR – Austin Trammell, So., Rice
Honorable Mention – Defense
DL – Zach Abercrumbia, Jr., Rice
DL – Roe Wilkins, Jr., Rice
LB – Anthony Ekpe, So., Rice
Honorable mention – Special Teams
K – Hayden Tabola, Sr., Rice
KR – Austin Walter, Sr., Rice
These honors come in addition to three Owls named to the All-Freshman team:
C – Shea Baker
DB – Prudy Calderon
DB – Treshawn Chamberlain
The full release detailing all selections is available from Conference USA here.
Overall it was a positive start for the Owls in Mike Bloomgren’s first year at the helm. Several of these players are departing the program next season, but the youth taking over is promising and earning recognition of their own. The future is bright.
That’s an uptick compared to 2017 when three Owls were named to the All-Conference USA first team: Defenders Brian Womac and Emmanuel Ellerbee were joined by Fox and return man Austin Trammell. 2017 also saw four players earned honorable mentions: offensive lineman Calvin Anderson and Trey Martin, wide receiver Austin Walter and defensive lineman Roe Wilkins.