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Will Fleming enters his sixth season at Rhode Island in 2019. He joined the staff as the tight ends coach in January 2014. After coaching the tight ends in 2014 and 2015, Fleming was named the quarterbacks coach before the start of spring camp in 2016. He became the offensive coordinator before the start of the 2017 season.
In 2018, Fleming's offense ranked 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (151.72), 34th in red zone offense (0.846), 37th in scoring offense (30.1 points per game) and 44th in time of possession (30:41). Quarterback JaJuan Lawson earned CAA Football Second Team All-Conference honors despite missing 4.5 games to injury. A two-time CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, Lawson averaged 18.9 points per game, which would have ranked eighth in the country if he played enough games to qualify. He set URI's single-season completion record (66.7 percent) and became only the second quarterback in program history with at least 17 touchdown passes in one season, joining the legendary Tom Ehrhardt.
In Fleming's first season as offensive cooridinator, Rhode Island averaged 335.1 yards per game, the most for the team since the 2011 season. Rhode Island ranked 36th in the country with 233.9 passing yards per game, and the 2,573 passing yards were the team's most since 2008. Quarterback JaJuan Lawson completed 59.7 percent of his passes, the fourth best single-season mark in program history. Wide receiver Aaron Parker had 823 receiving yards, the ninth-best single season mark by a Ram. Fleming's system allowed the Rams to rank 45th nationally in time of possession at 30:26 per game. At the end of the season, Parker, running back Harold Cooper, wide receiver Marven Beauvais and offensive lineman Dino Boyd all earned spots on the CAA Football All-Conference Team.
With Fleming in charge of the quarterbacks and handling much of the play calling, Rhode Island’s passing yards per game was its highest since 2012 at 161.1 per game. This was an improvement from the 146.3 passing yards the team averaged in 2015. The Rams ranked 27th nationally in passing yards per completion.
The tight ends played a key role in the offense in 2015, as Rhode Island opened in multi-tight end sets every week. Redshirt sophomores Charlie McKeeman and Nathan Holmes both started all 11 games, and Shane Nastahowski started three times when Rhody began in a three-tight end set. McKeeman earned CAA Football Third Team All-Conference honors for his play.
In his first season with the Rams, Fleming coached senior fullback Justin Favreau to CAA Football Third-Team All-Conference honors, while redshirt freshman Charlie McKeeman was named as a Freshman All-American by TonySoftli.com. McKeeman was the only player to catch at least one pass in every game for Rhode Island in 2014.
Fleming spent the 2013 season as a student assistant coach with Towson, helping the Tigers make a run to the FCS national championship game. A scholarship player at Akron for from 2009-12, Fleming transferred to Towson for his final season. When an injury ended his career, he stayed on with the Tigers as a student assistant, helping the team go 10-2 in the regular season before winning three straight FCS playoff games. The Tigers fell to North Dakota State in their bid for the first national championship in program history.
Fleming arrived at Akron as a linebacker, playing 11 games with one start at a true freshman. After sitting out a redshirt season as a sophomore, he made the switch to tight end and played 20 games over the next two seasons.