Rice is Rutgers' all-time rushing leader in career rushing yards (4,171) and career rushing touchdowns (39). He leads the Big East and is sixth nationally in rushing yards per game (139.7). If Rutgers' record wasn't 5-4, Rice would still be a Heisman Trophy candidate. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano has done a wonderful job raising the program from the depths of Division I football. But it's no coincidence that the Scarlet Knights took off once Rice arrived in Piscataway, N.J.
In 2005, Rice's freshman year, Rutgers had its first winning season in 14 years and qualified for its second bowl game in school history. Rice finished the year as a starter, putting up 1,120 yards and five touchdowns. He blew up last season, gaining national attention. Rice gained 1,794 rushing yards in 2006 with 20 touchdowns. His total in 2006 set Rutgers' single-season rushing yardage record, shattering J. J. Jennings' mark of 1,353 set in 1973. Behind Rice, Rutgers won a school-record 11 games and registered the school's highest ever season-ending national poll ranking, finishing at #12 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls. He finished seventh in last year's Heisman Trophy voting.
"We all know about him," said Army coach Stan Brock of Rice, who has 1,257 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this year. "I don't think you can do that (put nine men in the box). They have two great receivers and I don't think you can match up our corners just to go out there and match-up in one-on-one. They are very good. It's going to take a full team effort."
If Hall put up 275 against Army, imagine what Rice could do. Well, 275 might be pushing it, even for Rice. But Army will have a hard time stopping. He's quick, runs low to the ground and always finds the holes. Once he's in the open field, it's time to See Ray run. Run and run and run.
"He is great in close spaces, great in wide open spaces, great at running you over," Brock said. "He is the complete package, an NFL running back. There is no question, he is very, very special."