Jan. 23, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) has been elected captain of the 2009 Yale football team by a player vote taken Friday morning at Ray Tompkins House. Rice is the 132nd captain in Yale's storied history.
Rice helped Yale to its second straight season as the top scoring defense in the country in 2008, as the Bulldogs allowed just over 10 points per game. He was named honorable mention All-Ivy League after totaling 38 tackles and four interceptions in nine games.
"When you're coming into a place like Yale, you know they're recruiting a lot of leaders, a lot of strong personalities," Rice said. "While being captain was one of my goals, I wasn't sure it would happen. As I had success my freshman and sophomore years, and again this year, I thought it was a possibility."
Rice also was honorable mention All-Ivy in 2007, when he started all 10 games at cornerback and finished fourth on the team in tackles (33-16-49) as Yale went 9-1. The year before he earned Yale's Charley Loftus Award (top freshman on the team) and the New Haven Gridiron Club's Rookie of the Year Award, helping the Elis to their 14th Ivy League title and an 8-2 record. He made 35 tackles in 10 games that season, emerging as a starter at cornerback for the final six games after arriving at Yale as a running back.
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