Welcome to the first EVER Drunken Gobbler Opponent Preview. Here you may not get the X’s and O’s breakdown but you will get HARD HITTING(borderline useless) information. Remember, NEVER trust an FCS team.
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association (FCS)
Mascot: The Griffin**
Home Stadium: Walter J. Zable Stadium (Capacity: 12,259)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock 35th year (222-165-2)
Offensive Coordinator: Kevin Rogers
Defensive Coordinator: Trevor Andrews
2013 Record: 7-5 (4-4 CAA)
2014 Schedule (0-0)
Date Opponent Location
AUG 30 Virginia Tech Hokies Blacksburg, VA
SEP 06 Hampton Pirates Hampton, VA
SEP 13 Norfolk State Spartans Williamsburg, VA
SEP 20 Lafayette Leopards Williamsburg, VA
SEP 27 Stony Brook Seawolves Brookhaven, NY
OCT 11 New Hampshire Wildcats Durham, NH
OCT 18 Villanova Wildcats Williamsburg, VA
OCT 25 Delaware Blue Hens Williamsburg, VA
NOV 01 James Madison Dukes Harrisonburg, VA
NOV 08 Elon Phoenix Williamsburg, VA
NOV 15 Towson Tigers Towson, MD
NOV 22 Richmond Spiders Williamsburg, VA
Yes. Darrrennnn Sharrrpaaahh the hardest hitting safety in da league is a former William and Mary Tribe player. By far he most recognizable of the Bill and Mary football alums. That is unless you are a big Lang Campbell fan and who isn’t? Sharper played for the Tribe from 1993-1996 as a safety and return man. Sharper holds the Tribe record for career interceptions (24) which includes a 10 interception season.
Coach Tomlin played for the Tribe as a Split End/Tight End and caught 20 TD passes in his collegiate career. He then moved on to join the coaching staff at VMI as a Wide Receivers Coach in 1995. He eventually landed the Steelers Head Coaching gig, replacing Hall of Fame coach Bill Cowher and bringing the Steelers a Super Bowl victory in his second year on the job. He also kinda looks like Dr. Foreman from House.
I already mentioned him, Lang Cambell, the man the myth the legend. Campbell basically rewrote the Tribe record book during his career there from 2001-2004. Following a short stint (1 year) with the esteemed Cleveland Browns, Campbell bounced around the Arena Football League before retiring from the game. He is the only William and Mary player in history to win the Walter Payton Award, given to the most outstanding offensive player in FCS.
Like Campbell, Grimes’ name has been immortalized in the Tribe record books for many years to come. As a star RB Grimes racked up 4,451 career rushing yards and accounted for almost 8,000 all purpose yards in his years with the Tribe. Grimes is now in the NFL playing for Houston and (fantasy sleeper alert) looks to have a productive year backing up Arian Foster.
Current NFL Players
Player Team Position
|Adrian Tracy||Arizona Cardinals||Linebacker|
|Mike Leach||Arizona Cardinals||Center|
|Jerome Couplin||Detroit Lions||Defensive Back|
|B.W. Webb||Dallas Cowboys||Cornerback|
|Sean Lissemore||San Diego Chargers||Defensive Tackle|
And, of course, Jonathan Grimes, Houston Texans Running Back
2014 Fulmer Cup – Second Place
A true Cinderella story here, folks. If you do not know what the Fulmer Cup is – EDUCATE YOSELF – If you do know what the Fulmer Cup is then you know how much of an achievement it is for the goody goody William and Mary boys to pull off 2nd place. These are FCS players going head to head with every collegiate football team in the land. The final standings are as stands:
|1.||77||California Poly Mustangs||Big Sky|
|2.||57||William & Mary Tribe||CAA|
|3.||46||Texas A&M Aggies||SEC|
|5.||30||Old Dominion Monarchs||C-USA|
|6.||29||Oklahoma State Cowboys||Big XII|
|8-t.||19||Washington State Cougars||Pac 12|
|8-t.||19||Ole Miss Rebels||SEC|
|10.||17||Texas Longhorns||Big XII|
Do you hear that folks? The FCS don’t go down easy. They’re here to play with the big boys especially one Stephen Marshall of the William and Mary Tribe racked up 17 felony counts (and 1 misdemeanor) on his way to winning the school’s FIRST Ellis T. Jones III Award for individual achievement and contribution to your team’s Fulmer Cup standing. Marshall accumulated an astounding 55 of the Tribe’s 57 points. A truly impressive feat indeed.
Beating UVa in 2009
Definitely not as impressive as their recent run in the Fulmer Cup, but the William and Mary Tribe did INDEED beat UVa in 2009. September 5, 2009 to be precise. I know, I know, this is very commonplace and if UVa keeps scheduling out of conference games at the rate they are then eventually everyone will have beaten UVa at some point. However, I will give a nod to William and Mary for being the second-best Virginia team in 2009. *Fist bump*
It turns out we beat William and Mary to naming our Week 1 starter but they finally got around to it naming Sophomore Steve Cluley the starter on Monday. What we know about Cluley is that he played a little last season, seeing time in 4 games and going 4-for-9 for 33 yards and an INT meaning he could likely start for Virginia Tech. With Cluley, the Tribe known just about as much about their QB situation as the Hokies do. He is young, untested, and has to fill in after the departures of Michael Graham and Brent Caprio. Look for the Hokies talented defensive front and secondary to give him fits. The Tribe will likely try to shorten the game by keeping it on the ground. Offensively speaking, the Tribe don’t pose a great threat; they are at a great disadvantage both on the ground and through the air. As long as the Hokies can avoid turning the ball over and giving up the ball and a short field, then I predict a a long day for the Tribe O.
Definitely the stronger of the two units, the Defense is what has the capability of making this game interesting. The Tribe defense finished the 2013 season as the eighth-ranked team in total defense (305.5 yds), while against inferior teams, this unit possesses the ability to give the young Hokies offense fits. Three players to look out for on the defensive side of the ball for the Tribe are Mike Reilly, Luke Rhodes, and Airek Green. (There are more to look out for, but I’m limiting it to 3) Reilly led the CAA in sacks last year racking up an impressive 11.5 sacks in the 2013 season. Rhodes and Green (Jr. and Sr. respectively) bring experience and leadership to this defensive unit and, along with Reilly, set up what looks to be a strong Front 7 for the Tribe.
Why to dislike the Tribe
Don’t get me wrong, there’s no need to hate the William and Mary fans or team or anything like that, but ya need to dig deep to build up some kind of animosity for the other team. It’s just not as much fun if you beat someone you ‘like’. So let’s brainstorm some reasons to dislike the Tribe.
- Thomas Jefferson attended William and Mary
- Their stupid mascot
- They are known to have UVa-type levels of pretentiousness
- William and Mary were first cousins
- They’re an FCS team. Enough said.
Why to like the Tribe
I’m not sayin’ you have to love William and Mary fans, and sure the namesake of their school is a bit incestuous. But if your friend’s friend’s friend is a Tribe faithful or if your roommate’s terrible long-distance girlfriend goes to William and Mary then you’re gonna have to be cordial.
- They beat UVa
- Jon Stewart went there (he’s kinda neat)
- I’m sure they’re nice people
If you get trapped in conversation with a William and Mary-person, some good talking points might be:
- What’s it like being an English Major?
- William and Mary were first cousins?
- You hear Pluto’s not a planet anymore? That’s messed up
There’s along list of fun topics you talk about with William and Mary-folk, just give it a try!
So now, here we are. It is Thursday, August 28th and the game is right around the corner. This here preview is going to be a weekly thing and this is my first one so it has been rough. I planned on putting more time into it AND getting it out on Wednesday but I got pretty drunk last night and drunkenly participated in my fantasy league draft and woke up on my couch with the TV on. So there’s that. Stay tuned in for a Bill and Mary game recap and the Ohio State preview next week. This is the first Virginia Tech season since I started this little endeavor and I can’t wait.
As usual, Thanks for reading y’all!
**-Seriously this is their new mascot