Luke McCaffrey: Rice QB moves to wide receiver

Former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Luke McCaffrey will switch to a new position in his second season with the Rice Owls. He made three starts at QB for Rice last season but will be used as a wide receiver this fall according to head coach Mike Bloomgren during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The news was shared through the Twitter account.

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McCaffrey spent two seasons as a quarterback with Nebraska and originally left for the Louisville Cardinals before re-entering the transfer portal to play for Rice prior to the 2021 season. This will be his fifth year as a college football player.

McCaffrey played in nine games including three starts last year with Rice and completed 31-of-62 (50%) of his throws for 313 yards with 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He rushed for 132 yards on 41 attempts with 2 additional touchdowns.

With McCaffrey out of the quarterback picture and Jake Constantine moving on, the Owls will have a shakeup in the QB room. Rice has not made any moves through the transfer portal to this point of the offseason, so the starting spot will likely be between Wiley Green and TJ McMahon.

Green has 12 career starts with Rice but suffered a season-ending injury in 2021. In 16 total games, he completed 158 of 295 (54%) passes for 1,849 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. McMahon is in his third season with the Owls and started his college career with the Mississippi State Bulldogs before transferring to Cerritos, a junior college program. He attempted a pass in just one game last season.

Rice added AJ Padgett to its 2022 recruiting class, and he is rated as a 3-star prospect on three of the four major recruiting sites.

Rice is coming off a 4-8 season heading into Year 5 with Bloomgren in charge, and the Owls will look to end a seven-year bowl game drought.

Luke McCaffrey is the brother of Christian McCaffrey and son of Ed McCaffrey. He was listed as high as a 4-star recruit out of Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Photo by David Beach/Rice Athletics

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