KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island seniors Kyle Murphy, Aaron Parker and Ahmere Dorsey were recognized with Preseason All-America honors by Phil Steele and draftscout.com, the organization announced Thursday. The trio also was among seven Rams named to the 2019 Phil Steele Preseason All-CAA Football teams.
Joining Murphy, Parker and Dorsey on the Phil Steele Preseason All-CAA Football Team were seniors Joey Kenny, Tez Wilson, Brandon Ginnetti and Branyan Javier-Castillo.
Parker and Murphy both were named as first-team All-America and All-CAA selections. The duo continues to collect preseason accolades as both men were named to the CAA Football Preseason All-Conference first team at CAA Football Media Day in July.
Murphy has started 25 consecutive games along the offensive line for Rhode Island helping the Rams rush for 121.6 yards per game last season, the most rush yards per game in five years. The Rams also ran for 15 rushing touchdowns, the most since 2007.
He finished last year's campaign with a team-high 40 pancake blocks and spots on both the CAA Football first team All-Conference and the New England Football Writer's Association All-New England Team.
Parker's 61 catches, 955 yards and 10 touchdowns led all CAA Football players last season. He was responsible for a team-high 66 points scored and added one rushing touchdown. His 15 receiving touchdowns were 15th best in the nation while becoming just the seventh Rhode Island receiver with double-digit touchdown grabs in a single season.
Steele slated Dorsey as a second team All-America kick returner, first team All-CAA kick returner and a second team All-CAA punt returner. Dorsey became the first player in program history to compile 1,000 return yards in a single season in 2018. He led the nation with 1,085 special team yards while ranking second in the conference and ninth in the country 28.4 yards per kick return.
Kenny was on of four Rams to appear on Steele's All-CAA third team, the lone Ram on the offensive side of the ball. Kenny has appeared in all 33 games of his colligate career. Last year made nine starts for the Rams at tight end. He caught his first career touchdown on a 37-yard reception vs. Harvard.
Ginnetti and Wilson both appear as third-team all-conference defensive linemen. Ginnetti finished his sophomore campaign in 2017 as a CAA Football Third Team All-Conference selection. He made 10 starts last season and led the Rams 38 tackles for loss.
Wilson did not play last season and red-shirted due to injury. His 5.2 tackles per game and 57 total tackles ranked third on the Rams in 2017. He appeared in all 11 games and made seven starts as a junior.
Javier-Castillo was an anchor on the Rhody defense last season. The linebacker was tied for the team lead with 78 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss. He added two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one pass brake up.
Rhode Island opens the 2019 season on August 31 at Ohio.