2019 Mountain West Football Top 52 Players: #13, Fresno State TE Jared Rice
The Bulldogs tight end is the highest ranked at his position on our annual countdown of Mountain West football’s best.
Rice is a reliable target.
Many of last year’s stars at wide receivers — Preston Williams and John Ursua and Keesean Johnson — have moved on to bigger stages in 2019. With a vacuum to fill, there’s opportunity for some of last year’s big contributor to be even better, but it’s Fresno State tight end Jared Rice, at #13 on our countdown of the Mountain West’s best athletes, that came in as our highest-ranked pass catcher.
The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Rice had a big 2018 in the Bulldogs’ efficient offense, grabbing 55 passes (with a sterling 73.3% catch rate) for 664 yards and three touchdowns. His 57.3% Success Rate also happened to be significantly better than that of Kahale Warring and Josh Oliver, both of whom were Day Two selections in this year’s NFL Draft.
Now that Johnson, Jamire Jordan, and Michiah Quick are gone, Fresno State will need to redistribute just over 200 targets in 2019. While Rice will certainly have a bigger target on his back, don’t be surprised when he rises to the new challenge.