With our schedule previews in the books, it’s time to start looking at some of the position battles for the upcoming Rhode Island football season. And let’s start in the obvious place: quarterback. Long-time URI QB Bob Bentsen has graduated, and Jim Fleming has several options under center for 2014.
So who will win the job? Here’s our case for Kolt Peavey.
Hometown: Bolivar, MO
Class: Red-shirt Junior
Weight: 190 lbs
Peavey comes to Kingston via South Alabama, where he spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career. He transferred to the Rams almost exactly one year ago, and was eligible to play immediately.
He got a good share of playing time last season, starting one game but appearing in 10. He struggled a bit, completing just 16 of 42 passes (38 percent) for 248 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He also ran the ball 24 times for 63 yards. But to be fair, he only came in during blowouts, where he was forced to throw, throw, and throw some more.
Peavey is the most experienced of the quarterbacks on URI’s roster, which has to work in his favor. He comes in from an FBS school, so that’s also an advantage. Can he improve those numbers playing full time, and not just when the opposing defense is sitting back waiting for the pass?
If so, he could be taking the majority of the snaps this season for the Rams. Let’s hope Jim Fleming can build out an offense to suit Peavey’s playing style. If he gets the nod, it’ll be fun to see what the red-shirt junior can do.