Rare is a running back who rushes for more than 2,000 yards in the regular season. Even rarer is Rice, who surpassed the figure two seasons in a row.

He finished with 2,034 yards and 27 touchdowns on 252 carries (8.1 average) and was first-team all-district in Division II.

About the only thing the 5-9, 182-pound Rice couldn't do the last two years was lift the Scots into the playoffs, as they went 7-3 a year ago and 6-4 this season. He was honorable mention Super 25 a year ago.

"He's a guy who can go between tackles and bang it up in there or he can go on the perimeter," coach Byron Mattox said. "He's a complete back in a sense. He's the kind of back any coach would love to have. He does it all and he's unselfish."