Rams Close Out 2016 Season With Senior Day Against Towson

Rams Close Out 2016 Season With Senior Day Against Towson

THE BASICS
Towson at Rhode Island
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 19, 12 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. TOWSON - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Saturday's game will be the 16th meeting ever between Rhode Island and Towson.
  • Towson leads the all-time series, 8-7.
  • In games played at Meade Stadium, the visiting Tigers hold a slight 4-3 edge.
  • Towson has won three of the last four meetings, including a 38-21 victory last season.
  • Rhode Island last beat Towson in 2015, a 13-7 win in the final game of the season.
  • This is the third consecutive season the teams are meeting in the regular season finale. 

RAMS TO HONOR 13 SENIORS BEFORE KICKOFF

  • Saturday is Senior Day for Rhode Island, and the Rams will honor 13 seniors leaving the programs after this season.
  • Offensive linemen Sam Hartman and Michael Gilbert are the lone fifth-year seniors on the team.
  • Senior linebacker Adam Parker is a four-year starter and team captain.
  • Quarterback James Caparell, tight ends Brian Collins and Nathan Holmes, wide receiver Rendyll Moorman and defensive linemen Derrick Holmes and Anthony St. Laurent have also all been with Rhody for the last four years.
  • Three junior college transfers - wide receiver Justin Caines, cornerback Travis Crawley, and quarterback Paul Mroz - have been with the team for two seasons. 
  • Also being honored Saturday will be graduate transfer wide receiver Sam Benjamin, who was with Rhode Island for the 2016 season.
  • Finally, leaving the program after four years with Rhode Island is Evan Huddon, a local teen from Warwick who has been a Ram since 2013.

ROHRWASSER EARNS CAA FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR

  • Kicker Justin Rohrwasser was named the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance at Elon last week.
  • Rohrwasser set a Rhode Island program record for points by a kicker in one game with 14 points.
  • He was perfect on the day, going 3-for-3 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points.
  • It was the 17th time in program history a kicker has made three or more field goals in one game, and the first time since 2001. Among the field goals was a career-long 42-yard make.
  • Rohrwasser ranks third in among CAA Football kickers with an 83.3 field goal percentage this season, making five of his six attempts.
  • He eads the team with 34 points (5 field goals, 19 extra points).
  • Rohrwasser now has 77 points in his career, which ties him with Rick Viall (1977-78) for 10th place among kickers in Rhode Island history.
  • Rohrwasser has made 19 consecutive extra points.
  • He is now 35-for-36 on extra points in his career.
  • His lone miss was a blocked extra point in the season opener at Kansas this year.
  • He is 14-for-19 (.737) on career field goal attempts, giving him the second best field goal percentage in program history. 

COOPER EARNS GOLD HELMET FROM NEFWA

  • Junior Harold Cooper was awarded the weekly Gold Helmet from the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation for his performance at Elon.
  • Cooper rushed for a career-high 155 yards in Rhode Island's win at Elon, including a career-long 70-yard touchdown run.
  • He also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, his second touchdown in as many games, and the third of his career.
  • The Gold Helmet is given each week to one Division I (FBS and FCS) and one II/III football player who has established himself for outstanding contributions to his team on the given week.
  • Cooper is now one of three players at the FCS level with two kick returns for touchdowns this season, joining Dante Satcher from Robert Morris and  Valparaiso's Bailey Gissinger.
  • Cooper had a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown at James Madison.
  • Cooper is the second player in Rhode Island history with three kick returns of 90+ yards, joining Chris Pierce, who had returns of 98, 96 and 90 yards.
  • Cooper now has 1,204 yards on 49 career returns, an average of 24.6 yards per return.
  • Cooper ranks second in CAA Football with 27.0 yards per return and third with 539 return yards.
  • He has two of the five touchdown returns in the league this season.
  • He now has 3,316 career all-purpose yards and needs 98 more to tie Jerell Jones (2004-07) for 10th place in program history in that category.
  • Cooper has 16 career games with at least 100 all-purpose yards. 

PARKER EIGHTH IN TEAM HISTORY IN TACKLES

  • Senior Adam Parker moved into eighth place in Rhode Island history by recording his 284th career tackle at James Madison.
  • Last week, he moved past Mark Dennen (282 from 1981-84).
  • Parker's former teammate Andrew Bose (295 from 2011-14) is next on the list.
  • Parker is tied for 26th among all CAA Football players with 6.5 tackles per game.
  • He is second on the team with 65 tackles through 10 games.
  • Parker needs 16 more tackles to become the seventh player in team history to reach 300 tackles.
  • Parker also has 2.5 tackles for loss this season, and 18.5 in his career. 

GRAYBAR SETS PROGRAM'S SINGLE SEASON PUNTING YARDAGE RECORD

  • Redshirt freshman Oliver Graybar has punted for 3,047 yards through the first 10 games of the season.
  • Last week at Elon, Graybar broke the previous Rhode Island single-season record of 2,958 yards by John Anderson in 1972.
  • He needs 269 punting yards in the season finale to tie the CAA Football record of 3,316 yards set by Stony Brook's Luke Allen in 2014.
  • Last time out at Elon, Graybar punted three times for 133 yards, an average of 44.3 per attempt. 

COOPER CLOSING IN ON TOP 10 IN RUSHING

  • Running back Harold Cooper enters this week with 1,580 career rushing yards, leaving him just 215 yards shy of tying Shyron Sanford (1995-98) for 10th place in program history.
  • He had a career-high 155 yards on the ground at Elon last week.
  • It was the fourth time in his career Cooper has gone over 100 yards in a game.
  • Against Brown on Oct. 1, Cooper rushed for a 135 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-13 victory.
  • Cooper had a career-long 70-yard rush at Elon.
  • It was the longest run in 62 games for the Rams, dating back to a 71-yard run by Steve Probst at Brown on Oct. 1, 2011.
  • Cooper now has 10 career runs of 30 yards or more. He also went over 500 career receiving yards at Villanova and currently sits at 534.