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News » RICE NOTEBOOK Draft might give recruiting a boost Casey triggers talk of more Owls joining Texans


RICE NOTEBOOK Draft might give recruiting a boost Casey triggers talk of more Owls joining Texans


RICE NOTEBOOK Draft might give recruiting a boost Casey triggers talk of more Owls joining Texans
Rice coach David Bailiff didn't move from the television Saturday or Sunday until he saw his players drafted. There was no way he was going to miss the moment.


Finally in the fifth round, Bailiff saw what he was waiting for as the names Jarett Dillard and James Casey popped up on the bottom of his TV screen.

For the first time since 2003, Rice was represented in the NFL draft.

"I watched every selection just waiting for those two guys," Bailiff said. "Just getting them there was big. The fact is that now a kid knows he can go to a very prestigious academic school, and at the same time athletically - if he works hard - he can also play in the NFL. Ultimately, every young man has that dream, and very few get the reality of even getting the opportunity."

Casey said he knows if he and Dillard find success in the NFL, recruiting may become a little easier for Rice.

Casey landing with the Texans is especially beneficial, considering Rice tries to target a number of players in the local area. Dillard's selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars also means he will be on TV at least twice each season in Houston when the Jaguars play the Texans .

Dillard said he hopes he can help Rice as he works to make the Jaguars' roster. Ultimately, he'd like to see a few more Rice alums playing alongside him in the league.

"I think Rice will start using that as their pitch, and they should," Dillard said. "You can make it out of Rice and go play in the NFL at the next level."

A Rice- Texans pipeline?

James Casey may be the start a small contingent of Owls heading to Reliant Stadium. With coach Gary Kubiak's son Klein, a freshman in the program next season, his teammates may get some extra attention.

Kubiak's older sons - Klint and Klay - have played Football at Colorado State. At one point last season, the Texans had five Colorado State players (David Anderson, Joel Dreessen, Jesse Nading, Cecil Sapp and Mike Brisiel) on their 53-man roster. In comparison, they had only two players from universities in Texas (Frank Okam and Kasey Studdard).

The notion of a Rice pipeline to the Texans made coach David Bailiff chuckle. But he did admit he truly respects the organization.

"What (owner) Bob McNair stands for, the principles that he guides with and the mission statement of the Texans , it's amazing how it mirrors what we believe," Bailiff said. "Character counts. Everything Bob and Gary do, first and foremost they put character up there above ability, and I think ultimately that's why they are going to be so successful in that organization."

Berry's status

Rice righthander Ryan Berry pitched two innings during an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday, and the Owls are hopeful he can slowly be worked back into the regular rotation.

Berry hasn't made a start since injuring his shoulder May 21. Coach Wayne Graham said he hoped Berry's arm would recover well from the scrimmage, so he could pitch out of the bullpen against Corpus Christi on Wednesday night and then start against the Cougars this weekend.

"He threw only two innings, and he threw well," Graham said. "He looked fine, and he's been declared ready to throw completely. So with him, it's mainly just getting him strong again."

Del Rio's thoughts

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio boasted to reporters about Jarett Dillard's talent after drafting him in the fifth round Sunday.

"(Dillard is) a good Football player; the only thing he lacks is really elite speed," Del Rio said. "He's quicker than he is fast. Forty-two-inch vertical, he's got incredible body control and great hands. He runs good routes and he catches everything. He's a guy that creates separation with lateral quickness and route-running. A super human being and he just has a knack. He contorts his body and makes acrobatic catches very routinelike."

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith also added that "in the entire draft he may have as good of hands as anybody."

megan.manfull@chron.com



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