Turned in strong performance in the spring into a starting spot at middle linebacker heading into fall practice ... looks to regain his form from his sophomore season in which he finished third in the MAC in tackles ... continued to be hampered by a nagging knee injury in 2003.
Earned time in nine games, including six starts ... missed the Virginia Tech game (Aug. 31) due to injury ... made first appearance of the year vs. Florida Atlantic (Sept. 13) ... credited with three tackles ... came back with an impressive performance in his first start of the year at Syracuse (Sept. 20) ... recorded a team-high 13 tackles, including seven solo stops ... starter at middle linebacker at Kent State (Sept. 27) before leaving the game with a knee injury ... two tackles before leaving the KSU contest ... led team with 12 total tackles (seven solo) at Ohio (Oct. 11) ... also recovered an Ohio fumble on the two-yard line, preventing an Ohio touchdown ... did not travel to Akron (Oct. 18) due to a suspension (violation of team rules) ... eight tackles in win over Central Michigan (three solo) ... eight tackles at West Virginia (Nov. 1) ... re-injured his ankle at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 8), finishing with just one tackle ... 11 tackles vs. Marshall (Nov. 19) ... also finished with one tackle-for-loss.
Rhule started in 11 games and ended the season as UCF's top tackler ... his 127 total tackles were also good for third in the MAC ... finished the season with three sacks, two of them coming against Arizona State ... recovered two fumbles and had one pass breakup on the year ... had seven double-digit tackle games ... was named MAC Player of the Week in the East after recording 15 tackles with two coming for a loss against Ohio ... had a team-high 20 tackles against Toledo ... started the year with 12 tackles against Penn State ... shined against Liberty, recording 15 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception ... was the recipient of the team's Outstanding Linebacker Award at the end of the season.
Saw action in eight games as a true freshman ... finished with 25 tackles, 17 of them solo ... also had two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery ... best game of the year came against Liberty when he registered nine tackles ... eight tackles and a fumble recovery against Louisiana-Monroe.
Rhule graduated from Fort Lauderdale's Dillard High School in 2001 ... played for coach Joseph Redmond ... four-year starter ... tallied 174 tackles, eight sacks, five interceptions, six pass breakups, 12 forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries in 14 games as a senior ... set the school record for tackles in a game with 21 ... named all-state in addition to the area honors he received from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and Miami Herald ... MVP in the state championship game with 12 tackles and was chosen to play in the Dade-Broward All-Star Game ... rated No. 66 on the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 list in Florida and was a Bill Buchalter Best of the Rest selection.
Rhule is a criminal justice major ... born Aug. 18, 1982, in Fort Lauderdale ... son of Stanford Sr. and Christine Rhule.