The 2020 Rice football freshman class has impressed throughout fall camp. This weekend they’ll have their first opportunities to do it in a collegiate game.
Rice football has wrapped up fall camp. They’ll take the field on Saturday against Middle Tennessee. Players like Austin Trammell and Blaze Alldredge have been as impressive as ever in practices, but neither of those performances comes as much of a surprise.
Beyond assessing such proven commodities, this time of year is sometimes better spent looking for who might be the next wave of playmakers on the rise.
Here are a few freshmen who’ve impressed me and earned accolades directly from the coaching staff during camp. They’ll see varying degrees of involvement this weekend, but each guy has the potential to be an important piece on this roster in the weeks and years to come.
RB Khalan Griffin
Last fall Khalan Griffin suffered a lower-body injury that prematurely ended his senior season. He arrived at South Main buried on the depth chart behind the likes of Juma Otoviano, Jawan King, Cam Montgomery and Ari Broussard. Injuries opened the door for him to get some time with the first team offense. He kicked that door down … and then kept running.