Falcons to face Rice on Dec. 29 in Forth Worth, Texas. Game televised by ESPN.
Root to televise game
Kickoff is 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Falcon Stadium.
Kickoff is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Falcon Stadium.
2013 - Played in 11 games, starting 10 ... recorded 31 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss on the season ... three tackles at New Mexico ... six tackles vs. Army ... also blocked a field goal attempt ... two tackles vs. Notre Dame ... team- and career-best eight tackles and a sack at Navy ... one tackle and a sack vs. Wyoming ... two solo tackles and a forced fumble at Boise State.
2012 - Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts ... 20 tackles, four TFL's and one sack on the season ... two tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Fresno State ... one tackle for loss and a forced fumble vs. Hawai'i ... had four tackles, a sack and career-high two TFL's vs. New Mexico ... had four tackles vs. Wyoming ... four tackles vs. Navy ... three tackles and one TFL vs. Michigan.
2011 - Played in all 13 games, starting seven ... started seven straight games until reserve role against Colorado State ... lone Falcon freshman to start a game ... recorded 24 tackles on the season, ranking second amongst defensive linemen and third most amongst MW freshmen defensive linemen ... had four tackles vs. UNLV ... had six tackles vs. Army ... had season-high seven tackles vs. Navy ... averaged 6.5 tackles in the two service academy games ... made first-career start vs. Notre Dame.
High School - Lettered two years in football and soccer ... first-team all-district in football ... defensive lineman of the year in the district ... missed his senior year due to a knee injury ... high school football coach was Bryan Erwin.
Personal - Son of Bryan and Cindy Fitzgerald ... oldest of four children ... major is management ... member of cadet squadron 39 ... completed an engineering course last summer ... also worked Basic Cadet Training ... completed Operation Air Force in the summer of 2013 ... played ice hockey until he was a freshman in high school ... father, Bryan, played football at Texas Tech ... uncle, John Isaac, played football at Rice ... aunt, Debbie Bayouth,