WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Jan. 27, 2014)—The Tribe football program celebrated the team’s success from the 2013 season at the annual William and Mary Quarterback Club banquet at Trinkle Hall on Sunday evening.
The event, which is sponsored by the Tribe's outstanding booster group, honored 13 players with various season honors. The awardees were as follows: junior wide receiver Tre McBride and sophomore running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor (Offensive Players of the Year); senior free safety Jerome Couplin III (Defensive Player of the Year); redshirt freshman running back Kendell Anderson (Rookie of the Year); junior punter/placekicker John Carpenter (Special Teams Player of the Year); senior right guard Trevor Springman (Offensive Lineman of the Year); junior defensive end Mike Reilly (Defensive Lineman of the Year); senior defensive tackle George Beerhalter (Bob Sheeran Leadership Award); senior quarterback Brent Caprio and senior linebacker Quincey September (Pat Gantt Inspiration Award); senior offensive lineman Matt Crisafi (President’s Award); freshman running back Jonathan Dunn (Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year); freshman defensive back Richie DiPietro II (Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year).
Although W&M narrowly missed earning its third NCAA playoff bid in the last five seasons, the squad posted a highly successful campaign this fall. In addition to rising as high as No. 16 in the national rankings, the Tribe registered the second-best turnaround in school history despite playing the nation’s 14th-toughest 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 collective success, a number of Tribe standouts also excelled individually and were recognized with numerous postseason honors. Couplin, Crisafi and Reilly all earned All-America distinction, while 10 members of the squad combined to earn 12 all-conference honors.
Head coach Jimmye Laycock also earned a number of postseason honors, as he was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and garnered state coach of the year distinction by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) and the Touchdown Club of Richmond. Defensive coordinator Scott Boone was also recognized for his work leading the Tribe’s stellar defensive unit and was one of five finalists for the 2013 FootballScoop FCS Coordinator of the Year award.