Rams Place 22 on CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team

Rams Place 22 on CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team

KINGSTON, R.I. – For the second straight season, Rhode Island established a new program record, placing 22 players on the 2016 CAA Football Academic All-Conference team. The league announced the academic all-conference team Thursday afternoon.

The 22 players topped Rhody's previous best of 18, which was accomplished in the 2015 season. Of the 22 Rhode Island players to earn the recognition, 14 did so for the first time. Redshirt junior and team captain Charlie McKeeman earned the honor for the third straight season, while redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Vazzano did so for the second straight season. Vazzano – who has a cumulative 3.910 grade-point average – also was Rhode Island's finalist for the CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year Award, which will be announced next week.

Earning all-academic recognition for the second time were redshirt junior Brian Collins, redshirt sophomore Shawn Antoine, sophomores Michael Curry and Justin Rohrwasser, and redshirt freshmen Lorenzo Bryant and Anthony Garro.

First-time honorees for the Rams were redshirt juniors Nathan Holmes and Hayden Pryor; junior Geoffrey Horwitz; redshirt sophomore T.J. Hayduk; sophomore Mazen Taman; redshirt freshmen Oliver Graybar and Perry Schrader; and freshmen Sean Anderson, Anthony Christian, Joe DeLeone, Kevin Lawrence, Evan McHugh, Kyle Murphy and Shane Olson.

In all, 388 student-athletes who were honored on the 2016 CAA Football Academic All-Conference team. To be eligible for Academic All-Conference honors, student-athletes must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Among those recognized on the Academic All-Conference squad were James Madison junior quarterback Bryan Schor, the CAA Offensive Player of the Year, and Villanova senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon, the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. There were 24 players who made both the all-conference team and the academic all-conference squad.