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Eric Rice

Eric  Rice

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Starkville, Miss.

High School:
High

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 240

Position:
TE

Birthdate:
01/09/1982

Experience:
4L

2004: Invited to play in The Villages Gridiron Classic postseason all-star game ... Had three receptions for 33 yards, including a 23-yard TD reception in The Villages Gridiron Classic ... Was also invited to participate in the Las Vegas All-American Classic postseason all-star game ... Appeared in all 11 games, making seven starts at tight end ... Caught six passes for 75 yards with one TD ... Earned his fourth letter ... at Alabama (9/11): Had a career-high 37 yards receiving on two receptions, including a career-long 31-yarder from Ethan Flatt in the third quarter ... Caught a six-yard TD pass from Flatt in the fourth quarter ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/18): Helped pave the way for junior RB Vashon Pearson's 111-yard rushing effort ... at Wyoming (9/25): Caught one pass for 20 yards ... Ole Miss generated a season-high 567 yards of total offense ... The Rebels recorded 221 yards rushing, including 139 yards by Pearson in what was his second straight 100-yard rushing performance ... vs. Arkansas State (10/2): Helped Pearson record his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game, netting 129 yards on 24 carries ... vs. Mississippi State (11/27): Caught two passes for 14 yards, with a long of nine ... As a blocker, helped the Rebels record a season-high 283 yards rushing.

2003: Played in 10-of-13 games, making seven starts at tight end ... Missed the year's first three games versus Vanderbilt (8/30), Memphis (9/6) and Louisiana-Monroe (9/13) due to an ankle injury ... Earned his third letter ... Five receptions for 70 yards and a TD ... at Florida (10/4): Ole Miss recorded 485 yards of offense in the 20-17 win over the No. 24 Gators ... Helped the Rebels generate 223 yards rushing, including 107 by Ronald McClendon to give Ole Miss its first 100-yard rusher in 16 games ... vs. Arkansas State (10/11): Had a career-high 29 yards receiving on two catches ... Scored his first career TD on a 19-yard pass from Eli Manning to make it 34-0 in the 55-0 win ... The 19-yard reception is also a career long ... vs. Alabama (10/18): Ole Miss recorded 216 yards rushing to post its third game this season with over 200 yards on the ground ... Had one catch for 14 yards ... vs. Arkansas (10/25): Tied a season-high with two receptions for 27 yards ... vs. South Carolina (11/1): Helped the Rebels total 538 yards of total offense in the 43-40 win, marking the fourth time this season Ole Miss has recorded over 500 yards of offense in a game ... The 43 points was also the Rebels' fifth game of 40 or more points to set a school single-season record for 40-point games ... Spring 2003: Caught two passes for 30 yards in Red-Blue spring game.

2002: Played in all 13 games ... Made starts at tight end versus Arkansas State (10/12), at Arkansas (10/26) and versus Nebraska in the MainStay Independence Bowl (12/27) ... Start versus the Indians was the first of his career ... Earned his second letter ... 10 receptions for 88 yards, with a long of 17 ... Had three tackles on punt coverage ... vs. UL-Monroe (8/31): In his first action since the 2000 Music City Bowl, caught one pass for six yards ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/21): Had one reception for a career-long 17 yards ... vs. Arkansas State (10/12): Made his first career start ... Had a catch for nine yards ... at Alabama (10/19): Set career highs for receptions (3) and receiving yards (25) ... at LSU (11/23): Recorded two receptions for 23 yards, including a long of 13 ... Independence Bowl (12/27): Had two receptions for eight yards against Nebraska ... Spring 2002: Caught two passes for 40 yards in Red-Blue game, including one for 36 yards to set up a score.

2001: Did not see action and was redshirted.

2000: Saw action in 9-of-12 games, including the Music City Bowl ... Earned his first letter ... Did not play versus Tulane (9/2), Auburn (9/9) or Kentucky (9/30) ... Caught one pass for nine yards during the regular season at Alabama (10/14) ... Had one reception for 12 yards in the bowl game versus West Virginia (12/28).

HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to Clarion-Ledger Top 40 list ... All-Region 1-5A first team and All-State second team ... Named to SuperPrep All-Dixie Team ... Played wide receiver and linebacker at Starkville High, which went 9-4 senior season, losing to eventual Class 5A state champ Madison Central ... Caught 25 passes for 414 yards and six TDs senior season ... As a junior, caught 16 passes for 336 yards and one TD, earning All-District honors ... Coached by Chuck Friend ... Earned two letters in football and two in basketball ... Also participated in track ... Played first two varsity seasons at Moor High School before transferring to Starkville his junior year.

PERSONAL: Son of Jimmy and Shavell Rice ... Full name is Eric Dejuan (Tucker) Rice ... Born: January 9, 1982 ... Uncle is NFL star wide receiver Jerry Rice ... Majoring in Secondary Education/Social Science ... Made U.M.A.A. Honor Roll in Fall of 2000 and Spring of 2004.

RICE'S CAREER STATISTICS
--RECEIVING--

Year G-S Rec Yds TD Lg Avg.
2000 8-0 1 9 0 9 9.0
2002 13-3 10 88 0 17 8.8
2003 10-7 5 70 1 19 14.0
2004 11-7 6 75 1 31 12.5
Totals 42-17 22 242 2 31 11.0

--SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES--

Year G UT AT TT
2002 13 1 2 3
Total 42 1 2 3

RICE'S CAREER HIGHS
RECEPTIONS: 3, at Alabama (10/19/2002)
RECEIVING YARDS: 37, at Alabama (9/11/2004)
LONG RECEPTION: 31, at Alabama (9/11/2004)
CONSECUTIVE GAMES W/RECPT: 3, 10/11-10/25/2003

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