Defense Shines Bright in Blue-White Game

Defense Shines Bright in Blue-White Game

How It Happened
Rhode Island's defense dominated the day, winning the annual Blue-White Spring Game, 94-51, Saturday morning.

This year's edition of the spring game was played at nearby Narragansett High School, due to the renovation project ongoing at Meade Stadium. Rhody is installing a brand new field turf surface along with lights, which will all be ready for the 2019 season.

It was the Ram defense that looked to be in midseason form Saturday. Sparked by three interceptions and six sacks, the defense held the offense to one touchdown, which did not come until the third quarter.

Sophomore Cayvian Holmes had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half. That was the first time either side reached the end zone. The offense did manage a 2-yard touchdown run from senior Naim Jones late in the third quarter, but that was all.

The defense allowed just 450 total yards on 127 offensive snaps, an average of 3.5 yards per play.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt junior defensive end Andre Bibeault and junior running back Justice Antrum were honored during halftime as the Most Improved Defensive and Most Improved Offensive Player, respectively.
  • Bibeault finished the game with five tackles, including two sacks.
  • Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jahkari Grant was honored with the Iron Ram Award for the player who showed the most dedication in the weight room during spring camp. He finished the game 21-of-37 for 167 yards and two interceptions. He also rushed for a team-high 56 yards.
  • Redshirt freshman Chris Arrington had a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops.
  • Redshirt junior Henry Yianakopolos had eight tackles and an interception, which he returned for 50 yards.
  • Senior linebacker Mazen Taman and redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Fire combined for 14 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss. Fire also broke up a pass.
  • Redshirt sophomore defensive back Malik Gavek had nine tackles, including one for loss. 
  • The defensive linemen combined for five of the team's six sacks. In addition to Bibeault's two, redshirt senior Tez Wilson, senior Brandon Ginnetti and redshirt sophomore Emil La Marca each had one sack.
  • Sophomore cornerback and redshirt junior cornerback Kwadir Brown each had two of the team's 11 pass break ups.
  • Sophomore defensive tackle James Makszin had an interception.
  • Redshirt freshman wide receiver John Erby led the offense with 47 receiving yards on four catches. Senior wideout Ahmere Dorsey had four catches for 43 yards and senior tight end Joey Kenny caught three passes for 41 yards.
  • Thirteen different players caught at least one pass. Junior running back Justice Antrum led the team with five receptions.
  • Among the players who did not play due to injuries were left tackle Kyle Murphy, guard Raees Johnson, wide receiver Isaiah Coulter and linebackers L.B. Mack III, Isaiah Moak and Justin Samardich.