“Rice’s star keeps on rising” – The State

Joe Person of The State had a nice feature on former Gamecock Sidney Rice’s growth into one of the NFL’s top receivers this season. Click the link to read more.

And though it took a couple games to get acclimated, Favre figured out who was the most dependable target in a receiving corps that included rookie Percy Harvin. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rice, a starter on two state title-winning basketball teams at Gaffney, has caught at least six passes in nine of the Vikings’ last 12 games.

Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel said Rice’s confidence has soared with each reception.

“I think any time the ball goes up now, he thinks he’s going to come down with it,” Bevel said. “I think he kind of had that at the end of his career in college, then he came up his first couple years and was banged-up and some things were happening to him. But he’s playing lights out right now.”

“There are faster guys. There are taller guys. There are quicker guys,” Favre told USA Today after the Dallas game. “But the thing about Sidney is he wants to be good. It matters to him.”

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