URI’s Kevin Brown Jr. Earns Offensive Rookie of the Year, Four Others Earn All-CAA Honors

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University of Rhode Island Press Release

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island had five players earn honors as CAA Football announced its 2020 postseason awards Wednesday.

Freshman running back Kevin Brown, Jr. was the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Senior fullback Joey Kenny was named to the CAA Football First Team, while senior wide receiver Ivory Frimpong, sophomore guard Nick Correia and senior safety Coby Tippett all earned second-team recognition.

Brown made a strong impression in his Rhode Island debut, rushing for 141 yards and four touchdowns in the season opener at No. 6 Villanova. He started all three games and finished the spring with 256 rushing yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Brown also caught three passes for 19 yards. He is the first player for Rhode Island to win a major year-end league award since Joe Casey was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2005.

Kenny returned from a knee injury suffered early in 2019 to play all three games at fullback for the Rams. A key blocker whether coming out of the backfield or at the end of the offensive line, Kenny has long been respected throughout the league for his physical brand that he has brought to the field for 40 games over the last five years.

Frimpong was one of the breakout stars for Rhode Island this spring. He led the team with 14 catches for 186 yards. His 4.7 catches per game ranked fourth in the league, and his 62.0 receiving yards were fifth best.

Correia has asserted himself as one of the best linemen in the league. He started all three games at guard and has now started 15 consecutive games at guard for the Rams. He is a big reason Rhode Island was fourth in the league with eight rushing touchdowns despite playing just three games. Nine of the 11 teams in the league played at least one more game than the Rams. Only James Madison (15 in five games), Villanova (10 in four games) and Delaware (10 in four games) ran for more scored than URI.

Tippett made an immediate impact on the Rhode Island defense. He started all three games at safety and had 10 tackles, three interceptions and four passes defended. He was the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week for the week of March 22. This is the second straight all-conference nod for Tippett, who was a third-team selection while at Towson in 2019.

Rhode Island opens the 2021 season with a home game against Bryant on Sept. 4 at Meade Stadium.

2020 CAA Football Postseason Honors
Offensive Player of the Year: Dejoun Lee, Delaware
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Mike Greene, James Madison and Kobie Turner, Richmond
Special Teams Player of the Year: Ethan Ratke, James Madison
Coach of the Year: Danny Rocco, Delaware
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kevin Brown, Jr., Rhode Island
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jared Verse, UAlbany

All-CAA First Team – Offense
QB – Nolan Henderson, Delaware
RB – Dejoun Lee, Delaware
RB – Percy Agyei-Obese, James Madison
FB – Joe Kenny, Rhode Island
WR – Andre Miller, Maine
WR – Thyrick Pitts, Delaware
WR – Kris Thornton, James Madison
TE – John Fitzgerald, Richmond
OL – David Kroll, Delaware
OL – Kyle Nunez, Stony Brook
OL – Clayton McConnell, Richmond
OL – Truvell Wilson, James Madison
OL – Michael Corbi, Villanova
OL – Raymond Gillespie, James Madison
PK – Ethan Ratke, James Madison
RET – Dejoun Lee, Delaware

ALL-CAA First Team – Defense
DL – Mike Greene, James Madison
DL – Kobie Turner, Richmond
DL – Malik Fisher, Villanova
DL – Sam Kamara, Stony Brook
LB – Tristan Wheeler, Richmond
LB – Deshawn Stevens, Maine
LB – Tyler Dressler, Richmond
LB – Johnny Buchanan, Delaware
LB – Forrest Rhyne, Villanova
CB – Nijuel Hill, Delaware
CB – Christian Benford, Villanova
S – Kedrick Whitehead, Delaware
S – MJ Hampton, James Madison
P – Hunter Stephenson, Elon
SPEC – Anthony Del Negro, Stony Brook

All-CAA Second Team – Offense
QB – Joe Fagnano, Maine
RB – Karl Mofor, UAlbany
RB – Justin Covington, Villanova
WR – Ivory Frimpong, Rhode Island
WR – Rayjoun Pringle, Villanova
WR – Gene Coleman II, Delaware
TE – Bryce DeMaille, Delaware
OL – Colin Gamroth, Villanova
OL – Andrew Trainer, William & Mary
OL – Tim Coleman, Richmond
OL – Mickey Henry, Delaware
OL – Nick Correia, Rhode Island
PK – Ryan Coe, Delaware
RET – Dez Boykin, Villanova

All-CAA Second Team – Defense
DL – Chase McGowan, Delaware
DL – Jared Verse, UAlbany
DL – Darius Reynolds, Richmond
DL – Will Kiely, William & Mary
LB – Kelvin Azanama, James Madison
LB – Danny Damico, UAlbany
LB – Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey, James Madison
LB – Augie Contressa, Stony Brook
CB – Jalen Greene, Elon
CB – Tyrek Funderburk, Richmond
S – Coby Tippett, Rhode Island
S – Cole Coleman, Elon
S – Noah Plack, Delaware
P – Harry O’Kelly, James Madison
SPEC – Kyle Davis, James Madison
SPEC – Bryce Colee, Maine

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