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Desmond Rice

Class: Sophomore
Position: RB
Height: 5-8
Weight: 195

Previous School: Liberty Christian Academy

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.

An Inside Look from the Coaching Staff
• Called "Pit Bull" by coaches for his hard-nosed, grinding style of play
• He's going to get the tough yard
• Very good team guy  
• Will do whatever it takes
• Has good "football speed," making him an effective special teams player

2011 (Fr.)
• Appeared in nine games as a running back during his true freshman season
• Liberty's fourth-leading rusher, with 158 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns
• Named Big South Freshman of the Week three times in a row – Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17
• First player since Liberty's Matt Bevins (2008) with three Big South Freshman of the Week honors in a row
• Key contributor on special teams, where he made eight tackles
• Caught three passes out of the backfield for eight yards
• Raced for 37 yards on his first career carry, against Robert Morris
• Had seven carries for 40 yards against Kentucky Wesleyan
• Added two solo tackles and a fumble recovery versus KWC
• Totaled 52 yards on nine carries the following week against Gardner-Webb
• Scored two rushing touchdowns, the first of his career, versus Coastal Carolina

• Three-year letterwinner and starter at Liberty Christian Academy
• Finished his career by rushing for 3,136 yards and 40 touchdowns
• Averaged 7.7 yards per rushing attempt for his career
• As a freshman, he rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns
• Helped LCA to a state championship as sophomore, when he rushed for 649 yard and six touchdowns
• First team all-conference and second team all-state honoree as a junior
• Rushed for 1,089 yards and 11 touchdowns
• Also added 15 receptions for 132 yards and a score as a junior
• First team all-conference and all-state as a senior
• Posted career numbers during his senior year, as he rushed for 1,315 yards and 21 touchdowns, while adding 16 receptions for 333 yards and three touchdown catches

•  Business major