A fifth-year senior, tackle Vincent Rhodes is one of six returning defensive starters for the 2008 Baylor football team ... The 2008 honors candidate has made 22 career starts to rank in a tie for first among returning Baylor defenders (linebacker Joe Pawelek also has made 22 starts) and second overall behind fifth-year senior offensive tackle Jason Smith's 27 career starts ... Enters senior campaign having started 20 consecutive games along the Baylor defensive line.
2007: Junior defensive tackle was one of seven defenders to start every game for the Bears and ranked No. 2 on the squad in sacks (3.5), No. 8 in tackles for loss (4.0) and T-No. 10 in tackles (38) ... Also had a pass breakup and three quarterback hurries ... 25 multi-tackle performances in 34 career games, include 12 in 2007 ... Registered sacks against No. 20 Kansas, Colorado, Buffalo and Rice ... Totaled three tackles, all assisted, vs. Oklahoma State ... Credited with three tackles (one solo) at No. 4 Oklahoma ... Had four tackles (one solo) with 1.0 TFL and a PBU at Texas A&M ... Produced a career-high tying six tackles (three solos) at No. 22 TCU ... Shared team's Best Defensive Lineman honor with end Jason Lamb ... Took 786 snaps on season and was one of 10 Bears to take at least 700 snaps on season ... Played 60 or more downs nine times with a high of 87 snaps at Texas A&M ... Earned third varsity letter.
2006: Started final eight games of 2006 season at defensive tackle opposite senior M.T. Robinson ... Totaled 35 tackles (17 solos) in 12 appearances to rank No. 10 on the squad ... Also finished No. 2 on squad in sacks (two) and quarterback hurries (eight), No. 3 in tackles for loss (five) ... Eight multi-tackle games in 12 appearances ... Had two tackles vs. No. 16 Oklahoma ... Credited with four tackles (one solo) at Oklahoma State ... Tallied four tackles (one solo) vs. No. 22 Texas A&M ... Two tackles, including one sack, against Kansas ... Totaled five tackles (four solos), with one for loss, at No. 6 Texas ... Registered five tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and a quarterback hurry at Colorado ... Tallied a career-high six quarterback hurries vs. Kansas State in first start of the season ... Had a career-high six tackles (one solo) vs. Army, including one for loss, and first career fumble recovery ... Tallied four tackles vs. Northwestern State, one of which was a seven-yard sack ... Saw action on 401 snaps to receive second varsity letter.
2005: As a redshirt freshman, played in 10 games with two starts to earn first Baylor monogram as a defensive tackle ... Credited with 16 tackles (six solos) on season ... Made first career start against No. 2 Texas and responded with a then-career-high five tackles (one solo) ... Also started season finale vs. Oklahoma State ... Five multi-tackle games ... Played 286 snaps.
2004: Sat out season as redshirt, but earned defensive scout team MVP honors.
High School: Denison High School, Denison, Texas ... Talented two-way player was a 2003 all-state honoree as both an offensive and defensive lineman ... The 2003 District 11-4A MVP was named to the Class 4A first-team all-state honor squad by The Associated Press at offensive tackle and was second-team all-state pick by the Texas Sports Writers Association at defensive end ... Recorded 52 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack for a 9-2 squad that averaged more than 400 yards of total offense ... Credited with 60 tackles, including 23 stops behind the line, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one pass breakup ... Qualified for regional track meet as a senior in the discus ... Texas Scholar and Munson Award winner also participated in choir and FCA ... Selected Baylor over TCU and North Texas ... Coached by Bob Brown at the District 11-4A school.
Personal: The son of Robert and Virginia Rhodes, Vincent Demond Rhodes was born Nov. 12, 1985, in Denison, Texas ... Enjoys fishing and bowling ... Recreation and leisure services major.