UCLA’s Jerry Rice Jr. to Make NCAA Debut
Jerry Rice Jr., son of NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice is set to make his NCAA debut with UCLA this Saturday versus Cal, CBS Sports reports.
The redshirt freshman wide receiver practiced with the first-string UCLA squad this week after a slew of suspensions were doled out by the Pac-12 to four UCLA wide receivers for their involvement in the halftime brawl with Arizona last week.
Head coach Rich Neuheisel said, “He will be available,” and further, “Jerry knows all the positions and can play them equally well.”
Rice Jr. said before the 2011 season began, “Everytime I get a chance, I try to make a play, that’s how I was raised.” Rice Jr.’s start will certainly capture a large audience, seeing if the younger Rice can channel some of his father’s on-field magic. Rice Jr. is a walk-on receiver and has yet to play a game, but comes from an elite football family. His father, Jerry Rice is a 13-time all-star, three-time Super Bowl champion and the all-time leader in the NFL in touchdowns with 208.