“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
CHRISTIAN COVINGTON – RICE – DEFENSIVE TACKLE
AT A GLANCE
Class: RS Junior
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 300
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Defensive Tackle
High School: Vancouver College Prep
OFF THE FIELD
Christian Covington is a redshirt junior for the Rice Owls. Covington is tackling machine originally from British Columbia. Covington attends Duncan College, one of the residential colleges at Rice University, and he is currently majoring in kinesiology. He was also a member of the 2013 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. This season he switched from No. 56 to No. 1 to honor N.D. Kalu as part of the Owls’ Honor Jersey program. “It means a lot to honor someone of Rice’s past, to represent a player who had an amazing career at Rice, had a terrific NFL career, it means so much because he means so much to this Rice Owls’ football program and Houston area, and to do it for a guy who was my mentor my freshman year for our Leadership Program available to the student-athletes here” said Covington. His father was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, needless to say football is in his blood.
ON THE FIELD
Christian Covington redshirted his first year at Rice but he did not waste any time when he took the field the following season. In 2012, he was named to the USA Today’s All-Bowl team, led all C-USA freshmen with five sacks and was tied for second nationally amongst freshmen for total number of sacks. In Covington’s second season, he was on the First-team All C-USA, picked by the league coaches, as well as Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s All-Texas College second team. He was the first sophomore defensive tackle from Rice to be honored as First-Team All-Conference since two-platoon football returned to the sport. Covington also led Rice with 11.5 tackles for loss, and had part in two defensive touchdowns. He deflected a pass that was intercepted and run back for a touchdown and blocked a field goal that was brought back for a TD. Now coming into his third season he was named All C-USA and All-American third team by Phil Steele. Covington was also named to many watch lists such as the Outland Trophy Watch List, Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and Bronko Nagurski Watch List.