Rhode Island Analysis: Great Receivers, But Lacking Talent Elsewhere

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Virginia Tech
Bud Foster’s defense will face talented wide receivers, but overall this is a great matchup for the Hokies. (Ivan Morozov)

The Rhode Island Rams had their first winning season since 2001 last year, but are having a bumpy ride this go round with a 1-4 record. Going into this year, they had two preseason all-conference picks: WR Aaron Parker and RT Kyle Murphy. They were picked to be better than W&M (2-5) and Richmond (2-3), which have both lost to ACC teams this year.

Offense

The Rams spend most of their time in 12 personnel (one RB, two TE/HBs) either under-center, traditional gun, or pistol. They’ll move to more spread-out and bunch looks in long yardage and when they’re behind. They run the same mélange of passing concepts as most everybody these days, with an emphasis on posts and slants; Tech needs to watch for the “Mills concept” (slot WR dig/outside WR post.) Their best run play looks like weak zone being bent back to the formation strength. As a big underdog against FBS Ohio (and eventual loser by a score of 41-20), they went for it on fourth-and-nine at the end of the first quarter,

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