|'04 'Meet the Owls' Day
Friday evening Owl fans were invited to the team practice at Rice Stadium and afterwards
met and chatted with members of the Rice team over ice cream. Here, Will Moss (l)
and Andrew Cates sign autographs for young fans who double as willing writing desks.
Coach Hatfield introduced the newest members of the Owl team -- new Rice president Dr.
David W. Leebron and his family, who mingled with attendees. Dr. Leebron also had a
few words for the players and fans.
Coach Hatfield also introduced the seniors and asked any of them who wanted to, to speak.
Most of the guys were a bit reticent -- but Greg Wilson wasn't!
An autograph session provided the Owls with a chance to meet and chat with their fans.
Here, Marcus Rucker gets with the program.
After wowing onlookers with his cannon-of-a-leg, freshman kicker Luke Juist was surrounded
by new fans and old -- he's from Houston Strake Jesuit.
Friends of Rice Athletics chair Gene Walker introduced the top performers in this summer's
Frosh OL David Berken, from Lake Arthur, La., chats with some Owl dads.
Here's another number 63 with whom Owl fans might be a little more familiar. That's
Ross Huebel spooning up some gelato and pausing before responding to a question.
A now less-bashful Rolf Krueger II finds out he's got some feminine admirers, too.
--Paul T. Hlavinka photos