Rams Host Albany in CAA Football Opener Saturday at 1 p.m.

Rams Host Albany in CAA Football Opener Saturday at 1 p.m.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Kansas
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. ALBANY - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Saturday marks the fourth meeting between Rhode Island and Albany.
  • Rhode Island is 1-2 all time against the Great Danes.This is the fourth consecutive season the teams have met, dating back to Albany's first season in CAA Football in 2013.
  • Albany won the only previous meeting between the schools in Kingston, beating Rhode Island 37-20 at Meade Stadium on Sept. 20, 2014. Rhody last beat the Great Danes on Sept. 14, 2013, a 19-13 overtime victory that also was the first game ever at Albany's Bob Ford Field.
  • This is the third straight season in which Rhode Island and Albany have met in the CAA Football opener for both teams.
  • Albany is playing its second straight road game to open the season. Last week, it won at Buffalo, 22-16.
  • Rhode Island is looking to snap a four-game losing streak in home openers. The Rams last won their home opener in 2011, when they beat Fordham, 21-17.

GROUND GAME IMPRESSIVE IN SEASON OPENER

  • Rhode Island rushed for 170 yards in the season opener at Kansas, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
  • It was the highest single-game total for the Rams since the season finale against Towson in 2014, when Rhody rushed for 195 yards.
  • Last season, Rhode Island's best output in any game was 149 rushing yards against Delaware.
  • Junior running back T.J. Anderson led the team with 59 yards on 16 carries, both career highs. Anderson entered the year with 65 rushing yards total in his first two seasons. 
  • Sophomore quarterback Wesley McKoy and sophomore running back Markey Clarke also set new career highs against Kansas. McKoy ran for 56 yards on 10 carries, while Clarke ran 11 times for 43 yards.
  • Junior Harold Cooper did not play an offensive snap in the season opener. He suffered an injury on a kick return in the first quarter and did not return to the game. 

OFFENSIVE LINE GETS THE JOB DONE

  • Despite starting three players who did not play at all last season, the offensive line had a strong day against Kansas.The line allowed just one sack while also paving the way for Rhody to grind out 170 yards on the ground.
  • Despite the lopsided score, the Rams had the advantage in time of possession, holding the ball for 32:45 of the game.
  • In 2015, the Rams averaged just 26:55 of possession per game.
  • Redshirt freshman center Dwayne Scott and freshman right guard Raees Johnson both started in their collegiate debut.
  • Redshirt sophomore Dino Boyd, who sat out all of 2015, got the start at left tackle.
  • Junior right tackle Dave Steinmetz and fifth-year senior left guard Michael Gilbert rounded out the starting five up front.

AARON PARKER FINDS END ZONE IN DEBUT

  • Freshman wide receiver Aaron Parker made his first career reception a memorable one.
  • Parker hauled in a 23-yard pass from Wesley McKoy and dove to the goal line for Rhode Island's only points of the game at Kansas.
  • Parker later added a 12-yard reception, finshing the game with two catches for 37 yards, both team highs. 

HOGAN GRABS FIRST INTERCEPTION

  • Sophomore Justin Hogan picked right up where he left off at the end of 2015.
  • Hogan had his first career interception at Kansas, picking the ball off in the end zone to prevent a touchdown pass.
  • Hogan also led the Rams with a game-high eight tackles, six of which were unassisted stops.
  • In three career starts, Hogan has a combined 32 tackles.

DUNCAN ACTIVE IN OPENER 

  • Junior defensive lineman Jose Duncan is Rhode Island's active leader among defensive linemen with 71 career tackles, including three sacks.
  • In the season opener, he had six tackles at Kansas, marking the fourth time in his career he has had as many as six stops in one game.
  • Duncan also was credited with one quarterback hurry last week.

STEINMETZ ALWAYS THERE FOR THE LINE

  • Junior right tackle  Dave Steinmetz has started 18 consecutive games for Rhode Island, the longest active streak on the team.
  • He has started 21 of his 23 career games.
  • Senior linebacker Adam Parker leads the team with 24 career starts. His streak of 20 consecutive starts was snapped last year when he missed the final two games with an injury.
  • Six Rams made their first career start in the opener. Cornerback Momodou Mbye, center Dwayne Scott, right guard Raees Johnson and wide receivers Aaron Parker and Sam Benjamin all started in their Rhody debut. Running back Markey Clarke also made his first career start.

NEW FACES IN THE CROWD FOR RAMS 

ANCHOR DOWN
Each week, one player is chosen to be the team's anchor bearer. The anchor, which is prominently featured on the Rhode Island state flag, symbolizes the Rams' core values: accountability, productivity and persistence.