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"People are starting to not see me as a little brother."

Darik Dillard has always had some big acts to follow. The junior running back at Rice University is the younger brother of Jarett Dillard, who finished his college career in 2008 with an NCAA record 60 touchdown receptions for Rice, played four years in the NFL and now attends law school. His  sister, Tai, now an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Houston, played basketball for the University of Texas at Austin before spending three years with the WNBA. Both of Darik’s older siblings aimed high in the classroom, too, earning valedictorian honors in high school. But Dillard is proving he is a formidable player and scholar in his own right. He ranked third in his high school class of 557 and is now studying mechanical engineering at Rice, where he scored 16 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Owls. “My parents and my siblings are always encouraging me to just be my own man,” Dillard said. “It just inspired me to definitely stay on track.”