He's been impressive in spring practice and hopes to showcase his talent at the Blue-White Game April 25.
Question: How hard was it last year not to have chance to play?
Rice: "It was a huge transition going from high school to college, but I felt like I adapted well. It was just learning to adapt and learn how to play with bigger, faster players."
Question: Even though you were highly-touted coming into UK, will it turn out to be a good thing that you were redshirted?
Rice: It was definitely a positive for me. Redshirting was a good thing for me and helped me feel more comfortable. I definitely see it as a plus."
Question: Are you good enough to help this year now?
Rice: "Yes. I believe I can get in there and contribute in different ways."
Question: What do you learn last year or who did you try to watch the most?
Rice: "I watched all the upperclassmen and their leadership on and off the field. I watched how the older guys carried themselves and how they carried themselves on the field. Trevard (Lindley) is a great mentor for myself and other young players he is back there with. He helps us a lot."
Question: What kind of things can you do to help this team this year?
Rice: "I can do anything. I want to bring all the responsibility I can to the team and make all the plays. I want to do whatever they ask me to do. I am willing to do anything. I enjoy playing special teams as well and would not mind that."