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Dillard's impressive season helps Rice earn bowl bid

Jarett Dillard wasn't highly recruited out of high school, but the Rice wide receiver has caught on and is one of the major reasons the Owls are headed for a bowl game, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: December 20, 2006, 5:20 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

The first time Rice receiver Jarett Dillard heard Todd Graham speak, he thought the Owls' new football coach had been hired off a used car lot.

"The first impression with everybody was that he might just be one of those rah-rah guys," Dillard said.

When Graham, a former defensive coordinator at West Virginia and Tulsa, was hired Jan. 1 to replace Ken Hatfield, he immediately promised big changes at one of college football's worst programs.

Graham told ...

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