Rhode Island Hits the Road to Battle William & Mary Saturday

Photo Credit: Autumn Walter
Photo Credit: Autumn Walter

Rhode Island (2-7, 0-5) at William & Mary (3-4, 2-2)
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. EST
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  • Saturday is just the 18th meeting between the teams. 
  • William & Mary leads the all time series, 13-4, though Rhode Island won the last time the teams met, 21-10 last season.
  • Rhode Island redshirt senior Momodou Mbye scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery that came on a muffed punt in last season's victory.
  • Redshirt junior Vito Priore had a 67-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Parker in last year's victory.
  • The Rams also are looking for their first CAA victory of the season.
  • William & Mary snapped a five-game losing streak last week by defeating Elon on the road, 31-29, in five overtime periods. 
  • Saturday's game will feature two of the best kick returners in FCS football. William & Mary's Bronson Yoder ranks 13th in the nation with 27.6 yards per return. Rhode Island's Ahmere Dorsey is ninth in the country with an average of 27.9 yards per return.


  • With eight grabs against Merrimack, senior Aaron Parker now has 201 receptions in his career, which ranks second in team history.
  • He and Brian Forster (284, 1983-85, 87) are the only URI players with 200+ grabs.
  • This season, Parker has caught eight or more passes in five contests. He had a career-high 12 against Delaware on Sept. 7.
  • He leads CAA Football and is seventh among all FCS players with 7.3 receptions per game.
  • Parker passed Brandon Johnson-Farrell on URI's all-time list. Johnson-Farrell had 198 from 2008-12.
  • Parker,  Forster and Cy Butler are the only Rams with two seasons of 60+ catches.


  • Senior Aaron Parker has 1,016 receiving yards for the season.
  • He is the sixth player in URI history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, and the first since Bobby Apgar had 1,042 in 1994.
  • The others to top 1,000 in a single season were Brian Forster (1,819 in 1985 and 1,357 in 1984), Damien Reilly (1,208 in 1985) and Darren Rizzi (1,103 in 1992). 


  • Redshirt junior quarterback Vito Priore has 2,780 passing yards this season, the third most in a single season by a Rhode Island quarterback.
  • The only URI player to pass for more in a single season was Tom Ehrhardt, who threw for a program-record 4,508 in 1985 and 3,870 in 1984. 
  • Priore's father, John, was a backup to Ehrhardt on the Rhode Island roster in 1984. 
  • The Rams are second in the league and ninth in the country with 312.3 passing yards per game.
  • Priore needs just 220 more yards to reach 3,000 for the season.
  • Priore ranks sixth among all FCS quarterbacks with 308.9 passing yards per game, and his 2,780 passing yards ranks sixth as well.
  • His 18 touchdown passes this season are the third most in a season in team history. 
  • With two more over the final three games, Priore would join Ehrhardt as the only Rams to have 20 or more in a season. Ehrhardt had 42 in 1985 and 36 in 1984.
  • In 13 career starts, Priore has already recorded five games with 300 passing yards or more. He had 320 at Albany; 389 at Brown on Oct. 5; 312 at New Hampshire on Sept. 21; 430 against Delaware on Sept. 7 and 310 against Brown last season.