Rice vs. Army - Preview, Part 2

Option football returns to Rice Stadium Saturday when the Owls host the Black Knights of Army. The cadet ground game is led by bruising Fullback Collin Mooney, who returns home to Houston having played high school football at Katy Taylor...

Job #1 for the Rice Owl Defense Saturday will be to take away the Fullback out of Army's Option Offense.

Army's Fullback Option is 5-10 247 pound Collin Mooney. Tackling a rhinoceros may be easier.

Mooney needs just 34 yards rushing Saturday to top the 1,000 yard mark. He's not your average plodding Fullback who gets the occasional carry. The senior from Katy Taylor has an 81 yard run to his credit this year, so he also brings a big play element to contend with.

Despite a season-low 143 rushing yards last week against Air Force, Army has still outgained its last four opponents and has held the total offense advantage five times this season.

In order to come out of Saturday's game victorious Rice will seek to continue its recently improved play against the run. After giving up 205.67 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry in its first six games, Rice is limiting foes to 98.3 yards and 3.6 yards per carry in its last three contests.

Here's a look at the Army Offense...

Pos ## Player

TE 88 Mike Evans, 6-2 238

LT 76 Ali Villanueva, 6-10 302

LG 79 Brandon Cox, 6-3 294

C 64 Trey Miranne, 6-0 273

RG 63 Mike Lemming, 6-3 298

RT 67 Jason Johnson, 6-2 260

QB 10 Chip Bowden, 6-0 218

FB 30 Collin Mooney, 5-10 247

RB 23 Wesley McMahand, 5-5 177

RB 2 Justin Turner, 5-8 197

WR 8 Mike Wright, 6-2 218

Hard To Believe - When Collin Mooney goes over the 34 yard mark in his next game, likely Saturday, he will be only the 13th single season 1,000-yard rusher in Army football history.

Hometown Hurlers - Army has two young QB's on its roster from Houston - Josh Jones played at Baytown Lee, Max Jenkins at Langham Creek.

Inside the Numbers - With its success running the football, its no surprise that Army is ranked last in the country in Passing Offense.

How's The Weather Up There? - Army Left Tackle Ali Villanueva is the tallest Offensive Lineman in the country at 6-10.

Center Of Attention - Army Center Trey Miranne was named to the watch-list for the Rimington Award, which is given to the nation's top Offensive Center each year. Miranne has 26 starts in his career at Army.

Army Offensive Keys to Winning - Army needs to stay on the field with long drives - even if they don't score they can turn the contest into a "shorter" game by reducing Rice's number of chances for scoring.

Rice Defense - Andrew Sendejo leads the Owls in tackles with 58, even though he missed 2 games with a high ankle sprain.

Rice Defensive Keys to Winning - Rice must find a way to stop Collin Mooney. If they can keep Army from monopolizing the ball, and thus shortening the game, the Owls can pile up points against an Army team not used to coming from behind.

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