Rice Football wrapped up its shortened 2020 season with a home loss to UAB. This week’s film room digs into two key plays from that defeat.
Losing to UAB in frustrating fashion at home wasn’t the ideal end for this strange, abbreviated Rice football season. But I’ll say what I said both on The Roost Podcast and on Twitter: if you’d told me two weeks ago that Rice would split these last two games over Marshall and UAB, with one being a shutout win and the other a 5-point loss, and with Wiley Green playing more meaningful snaps than Mike Collins, I’d have taken it in a heartbeat.
There’s no point, to me, in rehashing the plays that cost Rice the game. I still have full confidence in the future of this program (and belief in what this season would have been, minus a pandemic and some injuries), so let’s look at a few things that give us some optimism in the future, shall we?
Much of Rice’s fortunes for the immediate future will depend on whether or not Mike Collins returns for the 2021 season. But JoVoni Johnson is a factor at the quarterback position regardless, especially when you consider that the free pass of eligibility this year means he could play *four more years* at Rice, if both he and the program want him to.