In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the best the Rice Owls have had to offer in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?
And who from Rice is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?
Rice Owls Best of 2023
At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.
Below, find Rice’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.
Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!
For all 133 teams, head over to College Football’s Best of 2023.
Good: Dean Conners, RB
Finding success through the air and on the ground, the Owls running back leads the team with 139 yards and is second with 194 receiving yards. Dean Connors is a big-play dual threat at the position and certainly deserves more touches going forward.
Great: Coleman Coco, EDGE
Rushing the edge particularly well, Coleman Coco’s 2.5 sacks are tied for the team lead but he’s been far more efficient than just sacking the QB. He’ll get after it in the passing game with his length and his strength all the same.
Grand: JT Daniels, QB
After a sluggish start, JT Daniels has thrown for 10 touchdowns in his past three games. When given time to throw, he’s shown he has all the talent in the world to distribute the ball and throw his receivers open at every level.
Wonderful: Luke McCaffrey, WR
Making plays on the ball against a variety of coverage defenders, Luke McCaffrey has been ultra-impressive in 2023. It’s amazing he’s still new to the receiver position as he has great routes, soft hands, and dynamic athleticism with or without the ball in his hands.