Five Rams Named to Phil Steele Preseason CAA Football All-Conference Team

Five Rams Named to Phil Steele Preseason CAA Football All-Conference Team

2018 Phil Steele Preseason CAA Football All-Conference Team

- Rhode Island had five players named to the Phil Steele Preseason CAA Football All-Conference Team, the publication announced Friday. Senior defensive end Tez Wilson, junior defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti and junior wide receiver Aaron Parker each earned spots on the second team, while redshirt senior wideout Marven Beauvais and junior offensive lineman Kyle Murphy were third-team selections.

Wilson (pictured) and Ginnetti were part of the only FCS defensive line in the country last season that had five different players record five or more sacks. Ginnetti led the team with 7.0 and Wilson added 5.0, helping the Rams set a program record with 32 sacks on the year. Wilson was third on the team in total tackles with 57, and he was second in tackles for loss with 12.5. For his career, Wilson has 24.5 tackles for loss, already ranking 11th in program history. With just seven this season, he will crack the top five in Rhody history.

Ginnetti emerged as one of the league's top players during his sophomore seson. He started all 11 games for the Rams last season and his team-high 7.0 sacks ranked him fifth among all players in the conference in 2017. He also had 37 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. Showing strong awareness for the ball, Ginnetti broke up five passes at the line of scrimmage in 2017. He was a big part of a defensive effort that set a program record with 32 sacks. He spearheaded a line effort that held Albany to -7 rushing yards and Villanova to 1 rushing yard, and he became just the sixth player in program history to record three sacks in the same game when he did so at Albany.

As a sophomore, Parker emerged as one of the top offensive threats in the country last season, ranking fifth in the league with 74.8 receiving yards per game and tying for third with seven touchdown receptions. He caught a touchdown pass in the first seven games of the season, and in nine straight games overall, setting a new program record. His 823 receiving yards were the ninth highest single-season total in team history. Entering this season, Parker already ranks 10th in Rhode Island history in both receiving yards (1,264) and receiving touchdowns (11). He needs just 26 more receptions to reach 100 for his career.

Beauvais teamed with Parker to form one of the top receiving tandems in CAA Football. Beauvais ranked seventh in the league with 66.5 receiving yards per game and was 10th with 4.2 receptions per game. He had the second longest pass reception in the league for the season – an 80-yard touchdown catch at Central Michigan – and added a 71-yard touchdown catch against Villanova. Beauvais caught at least five passes in seven of 11 games. He ranked second in the team in receptions (46), receiving yards (732) and touchdown catches (5).

Murphy started all 11 games on the line for the Rams last season. He started the first six games of the seaosn at left guard before shifting outside to tackle due to injuries to other linemen. He was part of an offensive line that ranked 30th in the country in tackles for loss allowed, giving up just 5.27 per game.

Rhode Island opens the season Thursday, Aug. 30 at Delaware. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.