URI Football Set for 2016 Season
Saturday, September 03, 2016
University of Rhode Island football team is set to open their 2016 campaign on Saturday at p.m. against he Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium in Kansas.
The game will feature two teams looking to rebound from disappointing 2015 seasons as URI went 1-10 overall, while Kansas went 0-12 overall.
This is the first all-time meeting between the two programs.
Last year on offense, URI averaged only 13 points per game to go along with 146 passing yards and 93 rushing yards per game.
This seasn, URI's offense will be led by sophomore quarterback Wesley McKoy, who won the starting job in camp.
McKoy started the final four games of the 2015 season and completed 56.3% of his passes and threw for 526 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman.
The Rhody offense will also look to junior running back Harold Cooper to help move the ball. In his career, Cooper averages 114.9 all-purpose yards per game and needs 1,116 all purpose yards this season to move into the top 10 in URI history.
For the receivers, the Rams will look to tight end Charlie McKeeman and wide receivers Khayri Denny, Marven Beauvais and Justin Caines who combined for 70 catches last season.
Last season, URI allowed 30 points and 210 passing yards per game.
This season on defensive side of the ball, Cranston’s Anthony St. Laurent returns to the starting rotation for the second straight season after making 39 tackles in 22 career games.
The Rams defense will look for leadership from senior linebacker Adam Parker. Parker had 76 tackles and 2 sacks from last season.
URI's game against Kansas will be shown on ESPN3.
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