Team Impresses Fleming in First Scrimmage of Camp

Photo Credit: Dominique Turner
Photo Credit: Dominique Turner

How It Happened
Rhode Island's offense looked sharp in the first scrimmage of training camp, as three quarterbacks combined for five touchdown passes and no turnovers Sunday afternoon.

The Rams ran 84 plays from scrimmage, averaging an impressive 7.1 yards per play on the offensive side. Jim Fleming's squad passed for 397 yards and rushed for another 200 yards and three scores.

On the other side of the ball, the defense came up with several stops and played solid football. Neither side of the ball was penalized often, and Fleming told the team he was pleased with the effort he saw.

"There were a lot of good things going on out there today," Fleming said after the scrimmage. "Guys were executing assignments and making plays. There was a lot to like across the board.

Inside the Box Score
Offense

  • All three quarterbacks who saw time Sunday acquitted themselves nicely. Redshirt junior Vito Priore opened the day with the first-team offense and led a touchdown drive on the first possession. Priore was strong throughout, completing 13-of-18 attempts for 201 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • Freshman Darius Perrantes was 11-for-20 for 114 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. He also rushed for 14 yards.
  • Redshirt sophomore Jahkari Grant finished 10-for-22 for 82 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
  • Senior Aaron Parker made several big plays, catching five passes for 92 yards, including a 35-yard reception that was the longest pass play of the day. Parker caught a pair of touchdown passes, one each from Priore and Perrantes.
  • Junior Ivory Frimpong had team highs with eight catches and 81 receiving yards. He also found the end zone twice.
  • Freshman walk-on Teddy Harper had two catches for 38 yards, including a touchdown grab.
  • Junior wide receiver Isaiah Coulter and freshman tight end Brady Roark each caught four passes.
  • Overall, the offense had 397 passing yards.
  • The offense also ran for 200 yards, averaging an even 4.0 yards per carry.
  • Junior Prince Asiedu-Johnson carried 10 times for 87 yards. He had the day's longest play from scrimmage, breaking a tackle and racing down the sideline for a 54-yard touchdown run.
  • Redshirt senior Zoe Bryant, Jr. averaged 4.4 yards, gaining 40 yards on nine attempts. He also punched two touchdowns in on short-yardage plays.
  • Junior Justice Antrum ran five times for 21 yards, and freshman Gabe Sloat had nine attempts for 37 yards.
  • Junior kicker C.J. Carrick was 2-for-3 on field goals, hitting from 37 yards and 46 yards. He also was 4-for-4 on extra point attempts.

Defense

  • Senior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo was active all day, finishing with nine tackles. He had a team-high 3.0 tackles for loss, including one sack.
  • Sophomore defensive tackle James Makszin had a pair of tackles for loss and was part of two sacks.
  • The defense has six sacks overall, as Javier-Castillo, Makszin, senior cornerback Malik Wilder, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dylan Brown, junior defensive back Jordan Jones, senior defensive tackle, Brandon Ginnetti and redshirt junior defensive end Andre Bibeault all got to the quarterback.
  • Senior cornerback Malik Wilder had five tackles, including his sack.
  • While the defense did not create any turnovers, junior cornerback Jordan Jones nearly had two interceptions while breaking up a pair of passes. Junior linebacker Andre Blackett also had a pass break up that nearly resulted in a pick.
  • Redshirt sophomore Emil La Marca had a batted pass at the line of scrimmage.
  • Freshman defensive back Antonio Carter II made his presence known on special teams, blocking a field goal attempt. He also had 2.5 tackles and one pass defended.