RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 19, 2012)-William and Mary senior cornerback/punt returner B.W. Webb was selected as the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association co-Special Teams Player of the Year, while he and eight other Tribe players garnered 11 all-conference honors based on voting by the league's 11 head coaches.
In addition to being honored as the co-special teams player of the year, Webb was chosen as a first-team all-league selection as a cornerback and a second-team choice as a punt returner. With the honors, the Newport News, Va., native finishes his outstanding collegiate career with nine all-conference accolades.
Sophomore wide receiver Tre McBride, senior left tackle Mike Salazar, senior linebacker Jabrel Mines and senior strong safety Brian Thompson earned second-team all-conference honors, while senior defensive tackle Nick Zaremba, redshirt freshman linebacker Luke Rhodes, junior free safety Jerome Couplin III and junior punter Drake Kuhn all garnered third-team distinction.
One of the nation's top players in 2012, Webb was selected to the Buchanan Award Watch List as well as the Senior Bowl Watch List. En route to earning special teams player of the year honors, Webb averaged 11.2 yards per punt return while ranking third in the league with 123 punt return yards. Additionally, he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown against Delaware. Defensively, Webb finished the season with 46 tackles, eight PBUs, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a tackle for a loss.
An outstanding player for W&M during his entire career, Webb was a four-year starter and earned a school-record 48 starts. Additionally, he ranks among W&M's all-time top 10 in career interceptions (11) and punt return yards (603).
After playing as a true freshman last season, McBride emerged as one of the CAA's top wide receivers this fall and earned second-team all-league distinction. The McDonough, Ga., native ranked second in the conference in touchdown receptions (10), third in yards per catch (16.3), fourth in receiving yards per game (81.5), seventh in receptions per game (5.0) and ninth in all-purpose yards per game (102.7). Additionally, he posted three 100+ yard receiving games and four multi-touchdown games, while his 10 touchdown catches ranks tied for fifth on W&M's single-season list.
Salazar also earned second-team all-conference accolades after anchoring the Tribe's offensive line this season. The Lawrenceville, N.J., native started all 34 games during the past three seasons, including the last 22 contests at left tackle.
After garnering third-team All-CAA honors last season, Mines was a second-team choice this fall after another outstanding campaign. A co-captain, Mines was one of W&M's top tacklers this season and ranked 10th in the league in tackles per game (6.7) among linebackers. In addition to totaling 74 stops, he posted five tackles for a loss, a half sack, an interception and two forced fumbles.
Thompson, also a co-captain, joined Mines on the All-CAA second team, which marked the second-consecutive season in which he has earned the honor. The Somerset, N.J., native ranked 10th in the conference in passes defended (eight) and tackles per game among defensive backs (6.2). Although he posted a number of outstanding performances versus conference opponents, one of his best efforts came in the season opener at Maryland when he was honored as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week.
The Tribe's top defensive lineman this season, Zaremba earned third-team all-conference honors after totaling 24 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a half sack. One of his best performances came against Maine when he totaled a pair of TFLs.
One of the nation's top freshmen in 2012, Rhodes was among just 16 players selected to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List earlier this season. En route to earning third-team all-conference accolades, the Hollidaysburg, Pa., native ranked third on the team with 72 tackles while also posting four tackles for a loss, three PBUs and a forced fumble. While he was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week following the Georgia State game, he also posted outstanding efforts at Maryland (11 tackles, 1.5 TFL) and James Madison (13 tackles).
Couplin earned his first all-conference honor this season after leading W&M with 91 tackles. In addition to ranking fifth in the CAA with 8.3 tackles per game, the average ranked first among the league's defensive backs. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native's final stats also included three interceptions, two tackles for a loss, seven passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Kuhn also garnered his first career all-league selection after ranking third in the CAA and 16th nationally in punting average (42.4). The Williamsburg, Va., native totaled 11 punts of 50 yards or longer and pinned the opposition inside the 20-yard line 16 times.