Rice burst onto the scene as a freshman and has not slowed down since. He ran for 1,120 yards and five touchdowns on his way to Freshman AA honors in 2005. He improved to All America status as a sophomore, rushing for 1,794 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore. Rice saved his best for last as a junior, rushing for 2,012 yards and 24 touchdowns, while adding 25 receptions for 239 yards and a touchdown.
Rice is a tough runner that is not afraid to run between the tackles. He runs hard, hits the hole with authority, and keeps his legs moving. He is very quick, showcasing the ability to make people miss, and quickly accelerate to open space. Rice is very tough to bring down in the open field because of his quickness, but also because of his tenacity. He does not go down very easily.
Rice may lack the size to be an every down back. He runs hard for a guy his size, but it may not work on a consistent basis in the NFL. He also lacks the explosive speed to run away from defenders consistently. He improved as a receiver as a junior, but still needs to develop this skill more to reach his potential.
Rice is a tough runner that has excellent quickness. He could become a solid starting back in the league despite his size, but he may never be a true star or workhorse because of his lack of ideal size and breakaway speed. He is a guy who has the talent to be a very good contributor in the league though, and is worthy of a late day one grade.