WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 16, 2013)—William and Mary junior wide receiver Tre McBride garnered third-team preseason All-America honors from Phil Steele, while he and three other Tribe standouts earned preseason all-conference distinction from the organization.
In addition to being selected as a preseason All-American, McBride was chosen to the preseason all-conference first team by Phil Steele. A second-team All-CAA selection last season, McBride led W&M with 55 receptions for 897 yards with 10 touchdowns in 2012. The touchdown total ranked second in the league and tied for fifth on the program’s single-season record list. The McDonough, Ga., native also led the team with 1,130 all-purpose yards and ranked third in the conference in yards per catch (16.3), fourth in receiving yards per game (81.5), seventh in receptions per game (5.0) and eighth in all-purpose yards per game (102.7). Video highlights from McBride's 2012 season are available by clicking here.
Joining McBride on the all-conference first team was senior free safety Jerome Couplin III. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native emerged as one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s top safeties last season after ranking fifth in the league with 8.3 tackles per game, an average that led the conference among defensive backs. Couplin posted five double-digit tackle performances in 2012 and finished the year with a team-high 91 tackles, three interceptions, two tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and four PBUs. Video highlights from Couplin's 2012 season are available by clicking here.
Sophomore linebacker Luke Rhodes earned second-team preseason all-conference accolades from Phil Steele after an outstanding freshman campaign last fall. A third-team All-CAA honoree in 2012, Rhodes also was one of just 16 players selected to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List. The Hollidaysburg, Pa., native finished the season with 72 tackles, 4.0 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and three PBUs. One of his best performances came in his collegiate debut in the season opener at Maryland when he recorded 11 tackles with 1.5 TFL, while he posted a career-high 13 tackles at James Madison. Video highlights from Rhodes' 2012 season are available by clicking here.
Junior defensive end Mike Reilly earned preseason third-team all-league distinction from Phil Steele after establishing himself as one of the Tribe’s most productive defensive linemen last fall. Reilly ranked tied for seventh in the CAA with 4.5 sacks, while he also totaled 7.0 tackles for a loss and three PBUs. One of his best efforts came in the victory at Penn when he totaled 2.5 sacks. Video highlights from Reilly's 2012 season are available by clicking here.
The Tribe will open the 2013 campaign at West Virginia on Aug. 31. Season tickets are available for purchase by calling the W&M Ticket Office at 757-221-3340 or by clicking here.