Being that URI football’s 2014 schedule is nearly identical to their 2013 campaign, this season should be a good measuring stick for Jim Fleming as he gets to work on improving the Rams. The biggest comparison to last year may come in weeks three and four of the upcoming Rhode Island season. After facing Albany in the third game of the season, Rhody will head to Connecticut to take on CCSU. Those two teams accounted for two of URI’s three wins last season, so there may be some pressure to knock off both of them once again. It will certainly be the expectation amongst fans, and a good indication that the program is moving in the right direction. Here’s a little more about the Blue Devils.
2012 Record: 4-8 (2-4 in the Northeast Conference)
Key Losses: WR Nick Bacarella, WR Denzell Jones, LB Chuck Watson
Key Returners: QB Nick SanGiacomo, RB Rob Hollomon, WR Tyrell Holmes
Player to Watch: RB Rob Hollomon
While CCSU’s defense wasn’t all that great in 2013, they had their fair share of explosive players on the offensive side of the ball. And their 28.1 points-per-game average was due in large part to running back Rob Hollomon. The then-junior rushed for 1,452 yards and 18 touchdowns last year, good for a 5.1 yards-per-carry clip. The good news is that URI was able to shut him down when they two teams faced off. Hollomon racked up just 25 yards on 13 carries back on September 28th at Meade. Let’s hope they can do the same this time around.
Prediction: Rhode Island 38 – CCSU 16
So about that CCSU defense. They allowed a staggering 35.4 points-per-game a year ago, and Rhode Island certainly contributed to that when they dropped 42 on the Blue Devils in their convincing win. The personnel will be largely different for Rhody this time around, especially at their skill positions. But expect similar results, even though this one is on the road.