Thursday, August 8, 2013

#SeawolvesSnaps - Opponent Outlook: Rhode Island

Stony Brook, N.Y. -
In the second installment of #SeawolvesSnaps, introduces its Opponent Outlook. Today, we preview Rhode Island, the Seawolves' first opponent of the season. For season and individual tickets, please call (631) 632-WOLF or CLICK HERE

Team: Rhode Island Rams

2012 Record: 0-11, 0-8 CAA

Coach: Joe Trainer, fifth season at URI

Returning Starters: 6/5 (offense); 8/3 (defense)

Series History: first meeting

Scouting the Offense: Senior quarterback Bob Bentsen returns as the starter in 2013 after passing for 1,553 yards and seven touchdowns last season. One of the strengths of the offense figures to be the offensive line, which returns three starters, including junior Andrew Kestenbaum, who started all 11 games last season. The Rams' top rusher, junior Jordan Sebastian, totaled 291 yards, including 88 against New Hampshire. At wide receiver, Rhode Island was hit hard by graduation. Its top returner is senior Robbie Jackson (18 rec., 245 yds., 1 TD), who hauled in a team-long 77-yard reception.

Scouting the Defense: Similiar to Stony Brook, the strength of Rhode Island's defense lies with its linebackers. Preseason All-CAA junior Andrew Bose, a third-team selection last season, made 86 tackles to lead the team. The LBs include seniors Dave Zocco (99 tackles, 13 TFLs in '11) and Doug Johnson (third team All-CAA in '11) and sophomore Connor Caponegro (30 tackles, 2 PBUs).  Senior Josh Moody and junior James Timmins lead the defensive line.  The Rams' secondary is the team's deepest position.  Seniors Jamaal Bess (44 tackles, 4 PBUs), Mackenzie Elliott (54 tackles, 4 PBUs, 2 FFs, 1 INT) and AndrĂ© Scott (48 tackles) will lead the unit.

2013 Schedule
Aug. 29 at Fordham
Sept. 7 vs. Stony Brook*
Sept. 14 at Albany*
Sept. 21 at William & Mary*
Sept. 28 vs. Central Connecticut
Oct. 5 at Brown
Oct. 12 at New Hampshire*
Oct. 19 vs. Richmond*
Oct. 26 vs. Delaware*
Nov. 2 at Old Dominion
Nov. 9 vs. Villanova*
Nov. 16 at Maine*