Week Two Brings William & Mary to Fisher Stadium
Sept. 10, 2013
THE OPENING KICK
MATCH-UP: As week two rolls around, the Leopards are going to see a significant upgrade in terms of competition. Lafayette welcomes a 1-1 William & Mary squad from the Colonial Athletic Association, arguably the top FCS conference.
William & Mary enters week three with a 1-1 record, coming off a 31-7 bounceback victory against Hampton. The Tribe narrowly missed an upset of West Virginia in the opening week, as WVU scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the win, 24-17.
Fifteen starters, eight on offense and seven on defense, return for William & Mary which was an uncharacteristic 2-9 in 2012 and finished ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 1-7 record. The Tribe defeated Georgia State and Penn and lost six games by single digits.
Senior Michael Graham takes over at quarterback for William & Mary after appearing in six games with three starts last season. Graham has thrown for 313 yards so far in the 2013 campaign with 207 yards coming in the season opener against West Virginia. He has one touchdown pass in each game this season.
Junior wide receiver Tre McBride is one of the premier wide receivers in the CAA. McBride earned All-CAA second-team honors last year after racking up 55 receptions for 897 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has five catches for 127 yards so far this season.
Senior safety Jerome Couplin is one of the team's top returning tacklers. Couplin made a team-high 91 stops in 2012 and has 22 tackles in two games this season, amassing 14 against West Virginia.
Long time head coach Jimmye Laycock (William & Mary '70) is in his 34th season with the Tribe, racking up 216 wins during his tenure. He is only the 13th head coach in FCS history to reach the 200-win plateau.
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