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Junior Meltoya Jones (5-9, 215) and a talented trio of youngsters in Darnell Laws (6-0, 215), Jarrell Cooper (5-8, 185) and Navy transfer Keith McBride (6-0, 210) will provide depth at the position. Jones is the most experienced of the group, as he has shown flashes of big-play potential in limited game reps (he brings a 5.1 yds/att career average into the season – 169 yards on 33 career attempts). Laws was arguably the most productive tailback in the spring session, as he showed great physicality and good burst at the line of scrimmage. Cooper gradually improved throughout the spring and used his tremendous speed to showcase his big-play potential. McBride is capable of making an immediate impact, as he has outstanding athleticism and good speed. An illness kept him from competing during the last several spring practice sessions, so he will continue to gain valuable experience in the fall. The fullback position will be held down by a trio of hardnosed veterans, led by junior John Ribble (6-2, 230). He has seen action in each of the last two seasons as a key reserve at the position and secured the starting role entering the fall with an excellent spring showing. Solid in his alignments and assignments, Ribble will have an impact in all phases of the team’s attack. Fellow junior T.J. Ptachick (6-2, 225) is the most athletic option among the fullbacks and brings a tireless work ethic to the position. He missed most of last season with an leg injury and will look to continue his development this fall. Fifth-year senior Kyle O’Brien (6-0, 240) will make his collegiate debut at the position, after spending the previous four seasons on the defensive side of the ball (most recently as a defensive lineman). One of the team’s most tenacious competitors, O’Brien has all the intangibles to excel in the role.
freshman Baron Goodman (64, 290). Donker has outstanding size and strength, and could also move out to tackle, while Goodman has used his tremendous work ethic to make a positive impression in his short time on campus. He will need to continue his development this fall but has the potential to contribute at either guard or center. All-CAA Candidate At the tackle spot, seaJames Pagliaro, OL soned junior Mike Salazar (6-5, 296) is in line to move from the right tackle role (which he started all 12 games a year ago) to left tackle. He is a player the staff projects to have great potential in the new role and his continued development this summer and fall will be crucial to the team’s success. Junior Robert Gumbita (6-5, 300) will add to the physical presence up front, as he will enter the year as the starting right tackle. He saw spot action at both guard and tackle last fall and has started two career games at guard (both during the ’09 season). Depth will be provided by redshirt freshmen Alex Berry (6-4, 290) and Jake Franklin (6-5, 280). Neither were able to participate in spring drills, so each will be looking to gain valuable experience this fall. Berry has a good grasp of his alignments and assignments for a young player, while Franklin is a raw, physical talent.
Despite the loss of graduated All-American left tackle Keith Hill, Jr., long-time William and Mary offensive line coach Bob Solderitch has reason to be excited about the prospects for his front five for 2011. Returning all-conference senior center James Pagliaro (6-2, 288) leads the unit, as he brings tremendous leadership and a physical presence to the middle of the Tribe offense. An athletic lineman with good feet, Pagliaro enters the year as a preseason All-CAA selection and will be counted on to be one of the league’s top centers. The Tribe figures to have a productive combination on either side of Pagliaro, as rising sophomores Matt Crisafi (6-4, 302) and James Johnson (6-2, 290) saw significant playing time at guard in 2010. Crisafi earned the starting nod at left guard with a solid spring and is versatile enough to move to center if necessary. Johnson plays with an aggressive style, but was hampered some this spring with nagging injuries. This left the door open for sophomore Trevor Springman, a 6-4, 283-pound specimen, to take advantage of the increased playing time this spring and he stepped up and turned in one of the finest practice sessions of any lineman. He will come into the fall listed at the top of the depth chart at right guard, but expect him to continue to compete throughout camp for starting duties. Additional depth will come from senior Dan Donker (6-3, 311) and redshirt
Supplementing the offensive front will be one the squad’s premier weapons, returning All-American Alex Gottlieb, who established himself as one of the nation’s premier pass-catching tight ends in 2010 during his first full season as the starter. Gottlieb has worked closely with Tribe tight ends coach Mike Godsil to continue to improve on nearly every facet of his game. The complete physical package, Gottlieb is a 6-4, 255-pound athlete with good hands and great toughness. Playing behind graduated two-time allconference tight end Rob Varno his first two years on campus, he was given the opportunity to focus on refining his blocking technique. Moving into his senior season, look for him to be a major force along the line of scrimmage. Last season, Gottlieb seamlessly expanded his role in the passing attack and showed a great knack for working under coverages. This fall, the staff will challenge him further with more opportunities to have an even larger impact. Beyond Gottlieb, Godsil has the luxury of talented depth provided by athletic junior Nolan Kearney. The 6-4, 246-pound converted quarterback has outstanding size and hands, which earned him significant playing time last fall. Kearney made great strides this spring in his overall knowledge of the position and will be a key contributor this fall. Sophomore Robert Asmar (6-4, 240) and redshirt freshman Bo Revell (6-6, 220) will also add depth.
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