2021 FCS Season Preview: Rhode Island

College Sports Journal Projection: 12th

The Rams went 2-1 last spring with overtime road victories against Villanova and UAlbany before having its season cut short by COVID. The glimpse we got of the Rams before the shutdown showed a lot of potential for the fall season.

Back to lead the Rhode Island offense is quarterback Kasim Hill, who contributed 438 yards of total offense and 4 TD’s in the spring, and running back Kevin Brown, Jr., who was honored as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year. At receiver, Ivory Frimpong and Ed Lee combined for 24 catches in the three spring contests.

There is good experience returning on the URI defense. Andre Bibeault anchors the group up front while seniors L.B. Mack and Andre Blackett return at linebacker. In the secondary, Coby Tippett contributed three interceptions in the shortened season. The Rams also welcome back kicker C.J. Carrick and punter Davey Schaum-Bartocci.

Impact Players

QB Kasim Hill: The transfer from Tennessee who contributed 438 yards of total offense and 4 TD’s in the spring.

RB Kevin Brown, Jr.: The CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Brown exploded on the scene this spring vs. Villanova with a 141 yard 4 TD performance.

DB Coby Tippett: Notched 3 interceptions during the spring.

Key Game: September 18 vs. Brown (Governor’s Cup).

Rhode Island

HomeTime/ResultsAwayVenueMatch Day TV/Streaming Highlights
Meade Stadium
Kingston, RI - -
Bob Ford Field
Albany, NY - -
Brown Stadium
Providence, RI - -
Meade Stadium
Kingston, RI - -
Meade Stadium
Kingston, RI - -
Johnny Unitas Stadium
Towson, MD - -
Villanova Stadium
Villanova, PA - -
Meade Stadium
Kingston, RI - -
McGuirk Stadium
Amherst, MA - -
Meade Stadium
Kingston, RI - -
Rhodes Stadium
Elon. NC - -

Worst Case: A leaky defense gets leakier, and the Rams fall to the cellar of the CAA.

Best Case: The Rams showed a little spark in the spring, especially on offense. If they continue to develop, they could finish in the middle of the pack and maybe even have an outside shot at an at-large bid, which speaks to the overall depth of the CAA.