THE COACH

JIMMYE LAYCOCK

33rd year (213-151-2, all at W&M)

Not much that hasn't already been said or written about Laycock. He's as much a part of William and Mary as the Wren Building and the Sunken Gardens. He's the reason football matters at William and Mary, where the academic standards, budgets and for a long time, the facilities, could have relegated the sport to an afterthought. The program he's built, where he's built it, is nothing short of a marvel. All that said, he's still driven to get to postseason. Last season's 5-6 record and offensive inconsistency were unacceptable, given the standards he's set.

THE STANDOUTS

B.W. WEBB

Sr. | 5-11 | 180 | CB

A two-time first-team All-CAA cornerback, the Warwick High grad is one of the best in FCS at his position. Eight interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2009, but only three the past two seasons as opponents often threw elsewhere.

DANTE COOK

Sr. | 5-11 | 222 | LB

Injuries last season limited his effectiveness, but possesses speed, smarts, toughness. Second-team All-CAA in 2010 when he was healthy and fourth in the league in tackles (111). He moves back to middle linebacker from the outside, where he played last season. He played the middle in 2010.

RYAN MOODY

Sr. | 5-11 | 175 | WR

One of CAA's best playmakers at the position when healthy. Excellent hands, body control, nose for the ball. Sneaky speed. Injuries hindered what could have been a record-book career. Appeared in only six games last season. Second-team all-conference in 2010, when he played all 12 games.

3 STORYLINES

OFFENSIVE REBOUND

Last season was the Tribe's most frustrating performance in recent memory — next-to-last in scoring (18.4 ppg) in the CAA and third from the bottom in total offense (334.8 ypg). W&M found some footing in its final four games behind Graham and Caprio, but most often was done in by untimely turnovers and the inability to convert plays. The offense was unable to carry a defense that was nicked up and worn down by the end of the season. Four starters return on the offensive line, led by C Matt Crisafi and LT Mike Salazar. There's no replacing All-American Jon Grimes at tailback, but the Tribe feels pretty good about the running back combination of Keith McBride, Meltoya Jones (Tabb) and Darnell Laws. The pressure is on the quarterbacks and receivers to exhibit some consistency and balance, so that defenses cannot simply overload the box. Graham had moments in the middle of the season, in relief of ineffective Mike Paulus, before he was shelved. Caprio completed 63 percent of his passes, but had more picks than TDs, and the Tribe had nothing approaching a consistent downfield threat. If that happens again, expect the defense to wear down again.

FRONT FOUR

The Tribe's back seven on defense figures to be good to exceptional, with ability and depth. The front four, however, has questions. Junior George Beerhalter is one of the CAA's underrated tackles, having played since he was a true freshman and starting all 11 games last season, with 35 tackles and eight TFL. Ends Bryan Stinnie and Stephen Sinnott must be productive, every-down players. Sinnott started eight games last season. Stinnie missed the last seven games of 2011 and spring practice with an injury, but is expected to be full strength. Converted linebacker Quincy September is undersized (225 pounds), but compensates with speed and quickness, and figures into the d-end rotation. Senior Nick Zaremba is projected to start alongside Beerhalter. He was a reserve last season. Sophomore Jasper Coleman (6-4, 285) will play and could challenge for a starting position at tackle. The Tribe was solid statistically on defense last season — third in scoring (22.2 ppg), fourth in rushing (146.9 ypg), third in total defense (350.9 ypg). However, it managed only 15 takeaways and 19 sacks. Those are functions of the entire defense, but it must start up front, so as not to put undue stress on the linebackers and secondary to generate pressure.

WANT TO