The first practice of Rice football fall camp is in the books. Here’s your first of many updates in the run up to the 2021 season.
Rice Football opened fall camp on Friday. It was the first of four weeks of practice as the team prepares for their opening game against Arkansas on Labor Day weekend. There was a lot that happened on and off the field this week, and in the past couple months to catch up on. Here is the latest.
Collin Spencer promoted to coach safeties
There was some shifting on the coaching staff during the offseason. As previously announced, Marques Tuiasosopo was hired as the Owls’ new offensive coordinator. Former tight ends coach Chris Monfiletto bounced over to coach special teams with Jim Jackson taking over the tight end room.
Defensive coordinator Brian Smith is now coaching linebackers, opening up a spot with the safeties. Bloomgren tapped former quality control analyst Collin Spencer for that job.
Originally hired as a graduate assistant, Spencer has risen up the ranks over the past few years. His understanding of the scheme and ability to communicate it well gave Bloomgren comfort in the decision.
“He’s like a mini Brian Smith,” Bloomgren said of Spencer, “It’s always good when you can have your proteges step into those roles.”
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