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Rice will go forward with Army game 'to honor Dale'

HOUSTON -- Rice will play its scheduled game against Army on
Saturday, despite the death of defensive back Dale Lloyd.

"We're going to press on," coach Todd Graham said Tuesday.
"We're going to honor Dale on how we do everything the rest of the
season."

Lloyd, 19, collapsed on the field about 5 p.m. Sunday during a
light workout but was conscious when taken to a hospital by
ambulance. He died about 9 a.m. Monday, school officials said. An
autopsy was pending.

When Rice takes the field against Army, Lloyd's No. 39 will be
affixed between the Owl wings on the players' helmets. The team
will also take Lloyd's jersey to each of the games, and plans to
present it to his parents at the end of the season.

A heartbroken Graham said Tuesday that when he learned of
Lloyd's death, he didn't care about the game. But after talking to
his players and several current and former coaches, including
Florida State's Bobby Bowden and Bobby Ross of Army, he changed his
mind.

"I just went through a lot of emotions there. At first I didn't
even think about it," Graham said. "I've had some people talk to
me. I called our 15 captains into a room, talked to Dale's parents,
and the consensus was let's press on. That's the best thing for our
kids to get back out there on the field and have some semblance of
normalcy."

Lloyd played in Rice's season opener against Houston but didn't
take part the last three games. The team planned to redshirt him
this season.