Rice is a two-way player, as he sees time at H-Back on offense, and as an outside linebacker on defense for the Hawks.
Standing at 6’0, 205 pounds, Rice already has solid size for the linebacker position, with plenty of time to grow even more before he signs next year.
In the weight-room, Rice handles his own, with a squat max of 330 pounds and a bench press max of 235 pounds.
While things did not start how Rice and the Hawks would have liked for it to go, they were able to get things on track late in the season.
“Our season started a little slow,” Rice said. “I feel like we were able to progress after that, though. We seemed to get better every game, which is all you can ask for.”
Rice had an impressive year in his own right, as he finished the season with 61 tackles from his linebacker spot. He also forced 2 fumbles on the year, in addition to grabbing 2.5 sacks on the year.
While Rice plays well on the field, he knows that he has to separate himself from otyher players in the country.
“Off the field, I take the game very seriously,” Rice said. “I do a lot of my preparations by watching the game film of the opposing teams. I do this so that I do not get caught off guard during the game, on the field.
“I think that enables me to do great things, such as recognize certain plays and formations that other teams are running, which allows me to make plays easier.”
With a 4.0 GPA in the classroom, Rice will be able to have his pick on nearly every college he wants. That GPA coupled with his abilities on the field, and Rice should have plenty of offers rolling in soon!