WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Aug. 9, 2012) - A trio of William and Mary football standouts have been selected to Phil Steele's preseason All-America teams. Senior cornerback B.W. Webb garnered first-team honors, while senior linebacker Dante Cook and senior safety Brian Thompson earned fourth-team distinction.
Webb's selection marks his third preseason All-America accolade, as he also earned honors from The Sports Network and the College Sporting News earlier this summer. The Newport News, Va., native was also chosen to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, which includes 20 of the nation's top defensive players in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Webb continued to establish himself as one of the country's top cornerbacks last season and earned first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year. Last fall, the Newport News, Va., native finished the season with 40 tackles, 3.0 tackles for a loss and two interceptions.
One of the most-decorated players in Colonial Athletic Association history, Webb has earned six all-conference postseason honors during the past three seasons. During that time, he has totaled 11 career interceptions and currently ranks tied for eighth on W&M's all-time list.
Although he was limited to just eight games last season due to injury, Cook will look to reestablish himself as one of the country's top linebackers this fall. After playing outside linebacker last season, Cook will move back to the middle this year - a role he filled during his sophomore campaign when he led the team with 111 tackles and garnered second-team all-league distinction.
One of the Colonial Athletic Association's top safeties in 2011, Thompson earned second-team all-conference accolades last fall after ranking third on the team with 68 tackles. Additionally, he totaled 5.0 tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble. An outstanding leader, the 2012 Preseason All-CAA selection will serve as a co-captain with senior linebacker Jabrel Mines this year.
The Tribe will open the 2012 season when it plays at Maryland on Sept. 1.