The Sports Network named Rhode Island junior linebacker Rob Damon CAA Football Third Team All-America on January 7. Damon became the first URI player since Joe Casey (2007) to receive All-America honors. In 2009, Damon started every game and led the CAA in tackles, averaging 11.3 tackles per game (124 total tackles). In addition, he posted 14.0 tackles for loss, which ranked fifth in the CAA.
Damon also picked up All-CAA Third Team honors, joining teammates Tim Edger and Shawn Leonard, who received all-conference recognition. Edger earned All-CAA Second Team after he posted a league-best punting average of 41.5 yards per game, while Leonard earned All-CAA Third Team honors following a breakout season where he posted single season career-highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (858) and receiving touchdowns (11). Leonard’s 11 touchdowns were the most by any CAA receiver and his 858 yards receiving were the second-most in the league.
Off the field, Rhody had 10 players recognized for their work in the classroom. Kyle Elliott, Michael Farr, Louis Feinstein, Matt Greenhalgh, Tom Lang, Willie McGinnis, Matt Rae, D.J. Stefkovich, Greg Wicks and Brandon Williams were selected to the 2009 CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team.
The Rams returns to Meade Stadium for the annual spring game on April 24.