Parker, Murphy Lead Rhody Contingent on CAA Football All-Conference Team

Parker, Murphy Lead Rhody Contingent on CAA Football All-Conference Team

KINGSTON, R.I. - Senior wide receiver Aaron Parker and senior left tackle Kyle Murphy both were named to the 2019 CAA Football First Team All-Conference squad for the second straight season, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to Parker and Murphy, three other Rams earned second-team honors. Junior wide receiver Isaiah Coulter and senior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo were named to the second team on offense and defense, respectively. Senior Ahmere Dorsey earned second-team honors as both a kick returner and a punt returner.

Parker, one of the best offensive weapons in program history, led the CAA in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,224), receiving yards per game (102.0) and receptions per game (6.8). He was fourth in the country in total receiving yards and averaged 15.1 yards per catch.

Parker had nine touchdown catches, the final of which gave him 30 in his storied career. A team captain, Parker recorded one 200-yard receiving game and five 100-yard games.

Murphy was the anchor of the Rhode Island offensive line, starting 11 games at left tackle before missing the season finale with an injury. Also a team captain, Murphy was the primary reason the line allowed just 2.17 sacks per game despite team averaging a league-high 42 pass attempts per game. His blocking was a big reason Rhode Island was one of two teams in the league to top 3,500 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing.

Dorsey again shined on special teams for the Rams, leading the country for the second straight season in combined kick and punt return yards with 1,181 total yards. He was one of seven players in the nation to return two kickoffs for touchdowns. Dorsey was third in the CAA in kick return averaged (27.0) and punt return average (10.4). He finished the season with 973 kick return yards and 208 punt return yards. He is the only player in program history to top 1,000 special teams yards in a season, and he has done so for each of the last two seasons.

For Coulter and Javier-Castillo, it is the first time earning all-conference accolades for both.

Coulter was third in the CAA in receptions (71), receiving yards (1,039) and receptions per game (6.0). He also was fourth with 86.6 receiving yards per contest. Coulter averaged 14.4 yards per catch and finished the season with eight touchdown catches.

Parker and Coulter - who are first cousins - had more receiving yards than any other teammate duo in the country, combining for 2,263 yards. The only other teammates to both top 1,000 yards this season was Yale's JP Shohfi (1,012) and Reed Klubnik (1,002).

Javier-Castillo started all 12 games at linebacker, and started all 23 games he played in his two seasons with the Rams. He led the conference with 108 tackles, and was second in the league with 9.0 tackles per game. Javier-Castillo finished the season with 12.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions, and had two forced fumbles.