Well this isn’t good. The Rhode Island Rams announced on Monday that they will be without one of their best offensive players for the rest of the season. Senior running back Justin Semmes suffered a torn ACL in Rhody’s 31-14 loss to Brown on Saturday, and the Rams will now have to press on without him. To make matters worse, Rhody also lost senior defensive end Wayne Seaton to a torn ACL, ending his season as well. Although not as crucial to the team as Semmes, Seaton did tally three tackles and a sack on the year.
Semmes, a graduate student transfer from the University of Miami (Ohio), emerged as URI’s starting running back in week three against Albany. He’s currently Rhody’s second leading rusher with 286 yards (4.8 yards per carry), and leads all RBs with three touchdowns on the ground. Originally a fullback at Miami, Semmes seemingly came out of nowhere this season, with most URI fans expecting Delgado and Sebastian to carry much of the load. But Joe Trainer saw something in the transfer, and he has carried the load in the last four games for the Rams before going down in the first quarter last week. Trainer weighed in with the Providence Journal on the injury:
“It’s a loss for us. He’s a phenomenal guy. He’ll be missed,” Rams coach Joe Trainer said. “Justin was a guy who could turn a five-yarder into a 10-yarders. That will be missed.”
Trainer will now likely lean on Robby Delgado to pick up the slack. The junior leads Rhody in rushing with 296 yards and a pair of touchdowns, although his yards per carry (3.5), is a full yard fewer than what Semmes provided. Jordan Sebastian will likely see his carries increase as well, and freshman Eerin Young could come into the fold as a third option.