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Laycock Honored as VaSID Coach of the Year
Updated: Tuesday 01/21/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Jan. 21, 2014)—After leading the William and Mary football team to one of its best turnarounds in school history, head coach Jimmye Laycock has been selected as the State Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Additionally, six Tribe players combined to earn seven all-state honors, which included five first-team accolades.

Laycock helped propel the Tribe to as high as No. 16 in the national rankings this fall en route to posting the second-best turnaround in school history despite playing the nation’s 14th-touhgest schedule (based on opponent winning percentage). W&M’s seven wins marked a five-game improvement from last season and included three victories against top-20 teams.

The Tribe boasted one of the nation’s top defensive units in 2013, as it ranked second in the country in scoring defense (14.0) and eighth in total defense (305.5). Additionally, W&M was one of the nation’s least penalized teams and ranked third in fewest penalty yards per game (32.2) and fifth in fewest penalties per game (4.1).

In addition to the VaSID honor, Laycock was recently chosen as the Bobby Ross Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist.

The Tribe’s first-team all-state honorees include junior wide receiver/kick returner Tre McBride, senior offensive lineman Matt Crisafi, junior defensive end Mike Reilly and senior free safety Jerome Couplin III. Junior linebackers Luke Rhodes and Airek Green garnered second-team distinction.

McBride earned first-team all-state honors as both a wide receiver and a kick returner following an outstanding junior campaign in which he also earned All-Colonial Athletic Association distinction at both positions and was chosen as the league’s special team’s player of the year. One of the CAA’s most dynamic playmakers, McBride led the CAA in kick return average (27.5) and ranked third in all-purpose yards per game (127.8). Additionally, he ranked fifth in receptions per game (5.25) and seventh in receiving yards per game (72.5). The McDonough, Ga., native finished the season with a team-high 63 receptions for 801 yards and totaled five touchdown receptions versus conference opponents. His 1,533 all-purpose yards ranks ninth on W&M’s single-season list, while his 605 kick return yards ranks fourth.

A four-year starter and team captain, Crisafi established himself as one of the country’s best offensive linemen this fall and garnered second-team All-America honors from The Sports Network. The first-team All-CAA selection anchored W&M’s offensive line that helped sophomore running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor post six 100-yard rushing games and ranked fifth in the CAA in sacks allowed. A versatile lineman, Crisafi started a team-high 41 consecutive games at center, left guard and left tackle during the past four years. He also distinguished himself in the classroom and earned Academic All-Conference Team honors during each of the past three seasons.

Reilly, a third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, emerged as one of the country’s elite defensive ends this fall with a breakout campaign in which he led the CAA in sacks (11.5) and sacks per game (0.96) – an average that ranked fourth nationally. Additionally, the Old Tappan, N.J., native ranked ninth nationally in forced fumbles per game (0.33), while his 1.08 tackles for a loss per contest ranked ninth in the CAA. Reilly’s stats also included 47 tackles, a fumble recovery and a PBU. One of his best performances came in the season opener at West Virginia when he totaled a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.

A first-team All-America choice by the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and The Sports Network, Couplin established himself as one of the nation’s top defensive players in 2013 and was a finalist for the Buchanan Award. A first-team all-conference selection, the team captain led the CAA and ranked 11th nationally with 5.8 solo tackles per game. Additionally, the Upper Marlboro, Md., native ranked third in the conference with 9.4 tackles per game – a figure that led the league among defensive backs.

In addition to leading the team with 113 tackles (70 solo), the two-time All-CAA honoree recorded two forced fumbles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, six PBU’s and two forced fumbles. Couplin also returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown in the win at Delaware en route to earning CAA Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Green posted a breakout junior campaign and emerged as one of the state’s elite linebackers. En route to earning first-team All-CAA accolades, the Chester, Va., native ranked tied for seventh in the league in interceptions (3) and tied for ninth in tackles for a loss per game (1.08). He also finished the season with 82 tackles, two defensive touchdowns (an interception return at Lafayette and fumble return at Richmond), four sacks, seven PBU’s, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

A two-time All-CAA selection and a first-team all-league choice this fall, Rhodes ranked second on the team with 98 tackles in 2013. The Hollidaysburg, Pa., native also ranked 12th in the CAA in tackles per game (8.2) while totaling 3.0 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and seven PBU’s. One of Rhodes’ best performances this season came in the shutout victory against New Hampshire when he totaled 13 tackles en route to being selected as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week.

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