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Rodney Rice Athlete Profile

#31 Rodney Rice

Rodney Rice
Position: Defensive Back Height: 5-7 Weight: 175 Roster Years: 1986-1988 Hometown: Atwater, CA Last School: Merced Junior College


  • 1988 AP Honorable Mention
  • 1988 The Sporting News Honorable Mention


Born in Georgia ... parents are Rochelle and Marion ... brother Rocky played for Texas A & I and brother Stan played for the University of Cincinnati ... recruited by San Jose State, Pacific, Oregon, Virginia, the Air Force Academy, South Carolina State, UNLV and Utah ... majored in communications.

Before BYU

Prepped at Atwater High, where he lettered in football and track ... was all-league and Atwater MVP ... All-Northern California ... coached by Mike Burrows (San Jose St.).

Other College

Honorable mention All-America at Merced Junior College ... first team all-league ... had 40 unassisted tackles, 25 assisted tackles, five interceptions, six deflections and three QB hurries.


1987   36     10    46       -         -          6   9     -     2    -    -
1988   41     14    55       -         -          6   6    0.5    -    1    -

1987 | Junior Year

Led the nation in interceptions per game for part of the season ... finished with six interceptions and had nine deflections ... Second-team All-Western Athletic Conference ... WAC player of the week against Texas and UTEP ... had a 31-yard interception for a TD vs. UTEP ... missed three games at left corner at midseason due to ankle sprain ... had knee surgery in the spring.

1988 | Senior Year

First-team All-Western Athletic Conference and First-team All-WAC media ... honorable mention All-America, Associated Press and The Sporting News ... invited to the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, Japan Bowl, Senior Bowl ... awarded the Dale R. McCann Team Spirit Award ... national Thorpe Award candidate ... WAC player of the week against Texas ... had a 23-yard punt return against Texas for a touchdown ... had a 70-yard interception return for a TD against Texas ...