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2012 Tribe Football Spring Practice Update April 4
Updated: Thursday 04/04/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 4, 2012) - With the spring practice well past the halfway point, William and Mary all-conference strong safety Brian Thompson recently sat down with to discuss his offseason preparation as well as his future goals both on and off the field.

Below is a quick look at the Tribe's spring two-deep at the safety position.

Coaches Call:

Defensive Coordinator Scott Boone:

"We have three safeties (Brian Thompson, Ivan Tagoe and Jerome Couplin III) who are experienced players and can play either safety position for us.  They have been very good to this point in spring, and I expect to see them be an impact group this fall.  [Senior] Ethan Lee has been solid, and I am pleased with the development of the younger guys as well.

"As a group, we have some size and are athletic.  Also, I've seen a desire among the position group to be physical around the football."

Strong Safety
#27 Brian Thompson, Sr. (5-11, 210)
2011 Season Highlights - Video
One of the CAA's top returning safeties ... Earned second-team all-conference honors last season after ranking third on the team with 68 tackles ... Most versatile player on defense, can see action at either safety position and also move down the linebacker ... Played three games at outside linebacker last season ... Fast, strong, aggressive player who has the ability to play well both in coverage and down inside the box ... In addition to ranking third on the team in tackles last season, he totaled 5.0 tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble ... Started every game during each of the past two seasons. 
#42 Ivan Tagoe, So. (6-1, 220)
2011 Season Highlights - Video
Talented young player who appeared in 10 games last season and started against Old Dominion ... Impressive physical player with good size and range ... Has skills to be impact player ... Finished last season with 21 tackles and two interceptions. 
#33 Jared Velasquez, RFr. (6-0, 190)
Has turned in solid effort during first spring session ... Very physical player who projects to improve as he receives increased reps. 
Free Safety
#22 Jerome Couplin III, Jr. (6-2, 202)
2011 Season Highlights - Video
Very experienced safety who played in 22 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... Long, athletic player who can cover a lot of ground ... Blends good anticipation in the deep middle of the defense with outstanding ball skills ... Earned seven starts in 2011, including each of the final six games ... Finished last season with 47 tackles, an interception, six pass break-ups and a forced fumble. 
#47 Ethan Lee, Sr. (5-11, 182)
Smart player, who is consistent in his effort and assignments ... Provides great depth at the position ... Has earned playing time in 33 games during his career, mostly coming on special teams ... Possesses good footwork and speed. 
#37 Jordan King, So. (5-10, 190)
Making great strides as he matures at position, as he converted from wide receiver to defensive back at the end of last season ... Proved to be a physical player ... Standout on special teams. 



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