Fleming Likes Progress of Rams After First Week of Spring Camp

Fleming Likes Progress of Rams After First Week of Spring Camp

KINGSTON, R.I. – After one week of Spring Camp practices, Rhode Island head coach Jim Fleming likes the progress he is seeing from his Rams.

Rhody has four practices under its belt and will have 11 more over the next three weeks, including two full-speed scrimmages plus the annual Blue-White Game on Saturday, April 30.

"You build each day with your offense, defense and special teams," Fleming said following Wednesday's practice. "We are getting to a point here on Day Four where there is a little more volume and a little bit more stuff that you need to work on.

"We haven't scrimmaged yet or done any live tackling, so that will be interesting to see, but I like where we are going."

With nine starters back on offense and seven returning on defense, Rhode Island returns a plethora of playing experience. On the defensive side, the experience is evident. The Rams return seven players who have played 18 or more games. Nine players have started at least eight career games on defense, including CAA Football All-Conference linebacker Adam Parker. Parker has played 32 games with 23 starts over the last three seasons.

Despite the experience on defense, it is still a young unit. Of the seven returning starters from last season, five still have at least two seasons of eligibility.

"We still have some young guys running around out there, but they are now solid players," Fleming said. "The thing we have to do as a defensive unit is be able to create more take-aways. That has to be a huge emphasis, and we need to do a better job of rushing the passer. It will continue to grow, but I am pleased and really looking forward to what that group can do."