Rhode Island Coach Bob Griffin expected his Rams to be punting quite a bit in last season's opener, with defending I-AA champ Boise State. So he devised the punt that isn't. The first two times URI faced a fourth down, Steve Caizzi, a second-string punter with a strong arm, took the snap like a punter and made a kicking motion like a punter. Only he didn't punt. He lobbed a pass toward the awaiting Bronco returner, who got in the way of the Rhode Island "receivers" and was called for pass interference both times. The Rams were deceptive, but the Broncos were decisive, handing URI a 33-8 loss.
The Rams, led by junior Quarterback Dave Grimsich and Defensive End Dennis Talbot, rose from a 2-9 record in 1980 to share the Yankee title and a berth in the I-AA playoffs. The Massachusetts game decided the title in '81, and it should again (Oct. 2 in Kingston, R.I.). The top Minute-man is Tailback Garry Pearson, who rushed for 1,026 yards in nine games.
New Hampshire may have the line (average weight 245 pounds), but Boston has the runner—Gregg Drew, who averaged 125.7 yards a game to win the I-AA rushing title.
GRIN AND BEAR IT: Lorenzo Bouier of Maine gained 1,622 yards as a sophomore in 1980. As a junior, he became a wing T halfback under the Black Bears' new coach. Ron Rogerson, and amassed only 432 yards. With just an "average" year, Bouier could dominate the conference.
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