Hey, it’s just a kicker, but still.
In a press release Monday, Rice announced that James Hairston has transferred into the Owls football program. Hairston had spent the past three seasons at LSU as the Tigers’ kickoff specialist.
A desire to kick field goals and extra points led Hairston to Rice, where his grandfather (1953-55) and an uncle (1993-95) were three-year letter winners on the football team.
Because Hairston received a degree from LSU this past May, he will be eligible to play for Rice immediately in 2014. Barring a serious injury that leads to a medical waiver, this upcoming season will serve as Hairston’s last year of collegiate eligibility.