Further attrition has hit the Rice football wide receiver room. Another potential starter, Cedric Patterson, is not expected to return in 2023.
Innocuous roster updates happen every so often throughout the offseason. Walk-on players and lesser-known transfers are added to the list of players expected to be with the Rice football program for the coming season. Names are retracted, too, for various reasons ranging from medical retirements to players choosing to pursue other collegiate endeavors.
It was in one such roster update that wideout Cedric Patterson was removed from the Owls’ roster.
As best as is possible, a running tracker of every change to the Rice roster this offseason has been maintained here. Patterson’s removal marks the 18th player with remaining eligibility who has departed this offseason. And with Bradley Rozner’s recent entry into the Transfer Portal — his name was removed from the roster this week.
Update: Multiple sources confirmed to The Roost that Patterson’s removal stems from an injury suffered in the spring. He will be medically retiring from football, but is expected to remain around the team.
Needless to say, this development compounds the Rozner news and will have massive ramifications for how the Owls will operate at the position this coming season. The wide receiver portion of the 2023 Rice Football Season Preview has been updated to reflect these changes and has just been released here.
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