With spring camp now in the books, Jim Fleming and the Rhode Island Rams football team look poised to start building something special at URI. The annual Blue-White game was a competitive affair last weekend, with the defense picking up a 96-78 win (Check here for a refresher on the scoring system). Fleming checked in with GoRhody.com for some thoughts on the game.
“I thought it was a competitive scrimmage. I thought it was a little sloppy early. Throughout the Spring, we haven’t had many penalties, but we had some plays called back early on because of penalties. We hadn’t had a lot of interceptions in camp, but we threw a couple of big ones during the course of the day, which was disappointing. At the same time, that means we’re starting to see the defensive backs step up and hawk the ball a little bit, which was good. It was give and take in certain situations, and I thought there was good competition at all positions.”
Ah, yes, the interceptions problem. In scrimmages it’s always tough to tell: did the quarterbacks play poorly, or did the DBs make some big plays? And speaking of quarterbacks… who’s the favorite to replace Bob Bentsen this year? Conventional wisdom says Mack Lowrie, but is that only because he transferred from BC? Well according to Fleming, it could be red-shirt freshman Luke Casey taking snaps on Opening Night. Maybe.
“There are some really good things that Luke Casey brought to the table. I thought he moved the team well. It has been a good competition all Spring, and it will stay that way all summer. Luke did some good things. We saw Cappy [James Caparell] come in and pop some balls out there and do a nice job. Mack [Lowrie] had a couple throws I know he wishes he could have back, but he showed some stuff as well. [Kolt] Peavey went out there and moved the chains well. It’s going to be interesting to see how that all unfolds. I wouldn’t say we’ve got a quarterback controversy. I think that we’ve got a real solid competition.”
It’ll be interesting indeed. The coaching staff has some decisions to make before September. We’ll try and break down as much as we can as things get closer.