The following is a position-by-position look at the players who figure to make an impact for W&M this fall:
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The return of senior signal caller Michael Paulus (6-4, 220) will be a plus for the program, as he comes into fall camp as the team’s starter. Paulus’ size, strength and accuracy are all at an elite level and ideally suit him for the Tribe’s prostyle offense. Despite missing all of spring drills with a shoulder injury, Paulus has taken maximum advantage of the spring and summer months to rehab and study the Tribe attack on film. A year ago he showed glimpses of his potential, completing All-CAA Candidate 62 percent of his passes Michael Paulus, QB (88-of-142 attempts) for 883 yards and four touchdowns. He started Tribe wins over then-No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Delaware and turned in a signature performance in the team’s hard-fought loss at North Carolina, completing 13 of his first 14 attempts. He finished the game against the Tar Heels throwing for a career-best 209 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Paulus’ first meaningful snaps of the season came in a relief effort at Maine, where he led a frenetic second-half comeback against the Black Bears by engineering a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives. He capped off the game-winning drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chase Hill with just 20 seconds remaining in the Tribe’s 24-21 win. Without Paulus participating in the spring, second-year William and Mary quarterback coach David Corley, Jr., was able to focus his efforts on developing some of the program’s younger talent. One needs look no further than last season to see the need for depth at the position, as the College started three different quarterbacks through the course of 12 games, and only had the same quarterback start and finish a game a total of seven times. Sophomore Brent Caprio (6-1, 212) comes into the season listed as the top reserve and has one career start to his credit (at No. 8 New Hampshire last fall). He finished the ’10 season with five completions (in 12 attempts) and one touchdown. Caprio brings a good work ethic to the field and film room, while he has continued to develop his arm strength in his time on campus. Sophomore Michael Graham (6-4, 224) and redshirt freshman Raphael
Ortiz (6-3, 226) also figure to push for reps throughout the fall camp. Graham had an effective spring and showed a growing comfort in the Tribe attack, while Ortiz is a raw athletic talent with outstanding arm strength. Additionally, strong-armed senior Terrance Schmand (6-3, 215) worked with the travel squad extensively for each of the past two seasons and has seen limited game reps.
Running Back All discussions of Tribe running backs coach Brendan Nugent’s unit begin with senior team quad-captain, tailback Jonathan Grimes (5-10, 201). Grimes returns for his senior season as a Sports Network Preseason All-American tailback and the Preseason CAA Offensive Player of the Year. The Palmyra, N.J., native enters the fall on the Payton Award Watch List as an eight-time all-conference honoree (a figure that ties him with former New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos as the most-decorated player in league history). Grimes enters the fall just 635 yards shy of the school rushing record with 3,110 career yards (on 648 attempts) and is already the Tribe’s career leader in all-purpose yardage, as his total of 5,445 ranks as the top returning mark in the FCS and ninth best in CAA history. While the numbers alone speak for themselves, what allows Grimes to continually improve is his work ethic. Already a proven workhorse carrying the football, this spring he concentrated on improving his route running and overall grasp of the offense, which will position him to become an even greater threat in the Tribe attack. Grimes brings the complete package to the backfield, as he is capable of doing the rugged work between the tackles and is equally adept at making plays in the open field.
One of the nation’s top players, senior running back Jonathan Grimes enters the 2011 campaign as the Preseason CAA Offensive Player of the Year and as a Walter Payton Award candidate.
2011 W&M Tribe Football Media Guide