Rhode Island Hits the Road to Battle William & Mary Saturday

Photo Credit: Autumn Walter
Photo Credit: Autumn Walter

THE BASICS
Rhode Island (2-7, 0-5) at William & Mary (3-4, 2-2)
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. WILLIAM & MARY - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday is just the 18th meeting between the teams. 
  • William & Mary leads the all time series, 13-4, though Rhode Island won the last time the teams met, 21-10 last season.
  • Rhode Island redshirt senior Momodou Mbye scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery that came on a muffed punt in last season's victory.
  • Redshirt junior Vito Priore had a 67-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Parker in last year's victory.
  • The Rams also are looking for their first CAA victory of the season.
  • William & Mary snapped a five-game losing streak last week by defeating Elon on the road, 31-29, in five overtime periods. 
  • Saturday's game will feature two of the best kick returners in FCS football. William & Mary's Bronson Yoder ranks 13th in the nation with 27.6 yards per return. Rhode Island's Ahmere Dorsey is ninth in the country with an average of 27.9 yards per return.

PARKER SECOND ALL-TIME IN RECEPTIONS

  • With eight grabs against Merrimack, senior Aaron Parker now has 201 receptions in his career, which ranks second in team history.
  • He and Brian Forster (284, 1983-85, 87) are the only URI players with 200+ grabs.
  • This season, Parker has caught eight or more passes in five contests. He had a career-high 12 against Delaware on Sept. 7.
  • He leads CAA Football and is seventh among all FCS players with 7.3 receptions per game.
  • Parker passed Brandon Johnson-Farrell on URI's all-time list. Johnson-Farrell had 198 from 2008-12.
  • Parker,  Forster and Cy Butler are the only Rams with two seasons of 60+ catches.

PARKER MOVES PAST 1,000 YARDS

  • Senior Aaron Parker has 1,016 receiving yards for the season.
  • He is the sixth player in URI history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, and the first since Bobby Apgar had 1,042 in 1994.
  • The others to top 1,000 in a single season were Brian Forster (1,819 in 1985 and 1,357 in 1984), Damien Reilly (1,208 in 1985) and Darren Rizzi (1,103 in 1992). 

PRIORE BEHIND ONLY EHRHARDT

  • Redshirt junior quarterback Vito Priore has 2,780 passing yards this season, the third most in a single season by a Rhode Island quarterback.
  • The only URI player to pass for more in a single season was Tom Ehrhardt, who threw for a program-record 4,508 in 1985 and 3,870 in 1984. 
  • Priore's father, John, was a backup to Ehrhardt on the Rhode Island roster in 1984. 
  • The Rams are second in the league and ninth in the country with 312.3 passing yards per game.
  • Priore needs just 220 more yards to reach 3,000 for the season.
  • Priore ranks sixth among all FCS quarterbacks with 308.9 passing yards per game, and his 2,780 passing yards ranks sixth as well.
  • His 18 touchdown passes this season are the third most in a season in team history. 
  • With two more over the final three games, Priore would join Ehrhardt as the only Rams to have 20 or more in a season. Ehrhardt had 42 in 1985 and 36 in 1984.
  • In 13 career starts, Priore has already recorded five games with 300 passing yards or more. He had 320 at Albany; 389 at Brown on Oct. 5; 312 at New Hampshire on Sept. 21; 430 against Delaware on Sept. 7 and 310 against Brown last season.