Wide Receiver One area that has been hit hard by graduation and injury is receivers coach Zbig Kepa’s unit, as the group has All-America Candidate sustained a big loss in Chase Alex Gottlieb, TE Hill, who graduated with 19 career touchdown receptions and more than 1,390 career-receiving yards. Additionally, returning allconference wide receiver Ryan Moody (5-11, 175) was poised to be the top target (as he had 47 receptions for 731 yards and two touchdowns in ‘10), but will miss a significant portion of the fall due to a knee injury sustained during spring drills. Developing depth at the off-the-ball positions is a priority for the staff, as the pair of seniors in D.J. Mangas (6-1, 194) (28 receptions, 233 yards in ‘10) and Ryan Woolfolk (5-11, 200) (13 receptions, 142 yards in ‘10) have experience, but most of it has come in the slot position. Mangas spent the entire spring working as a quarterback, but he will be moved back to the more familiar receiver role for the fall. Mangas saw significant action as the third receiver last season and was solid in working underneath coverages out of the slot. He has good hands and toughness and should be able to apply his overall knowledge of the Tribe’s attack to have an expanded role. Woolfolk, who has also seen action as a defensive back and tailback in his career, quietly became a legitimate receiving threat as the 2010 season played out, as he contributed at least one catch in six of the last eight games. He possesses outstanding speed and can make a play after the catch. His ability to continue to progress and mature into a consistent big-play threat will be critical to the team’s attack. Junior C.J. Thomas has an imposing 6-3, 215-pound athletic frame and the potential to be an impact player. He will be given an increased opportunity early in fall to compete for reps and will be a top candidate for the third receiver position. Another strong candidate to push for playing time will be speedy senior Nick Downey. Primarily a special teams contributor the past two seasons, Downey showed playmaking ability when he was given extended reps this spring. What he may lack in size (5-10, 186) he makes up for with outstanding quickness and a tireless work ethic. Junior Joey Brady leads a group of players currently just off the two deep who will be pushing for playing time through fall drills and into the season. At 6-3, 205-pounds, Brady has good size and a proven willingness to work.
2010 CAA CHAMPIONS
Developing talent to compensate for the loss of all-conference defensive tackle Mike Stover and starting defensive end Brian Jean-Pierre was one of the key focuses for the defensive staff this spring. Fortunately for the Tribe faithful, defensive line coach Trevor Andrews brings a wealth of proven experience in maximizing available talent. Andrew’s charges have been among the most productive in the league for the last three seasons and his units have earned a total of six all-conference honors in that span. This season is likely to continue that trend, as senior quad-captain, defensive end Marcus Hyde returns after earning second-team All-CAA honors in 2010. It would be easy to argue that Hyde was one of the most productive down lineman in the league last season (63 TT, 12.5 TFLs/5.5 sacks/four QB hurries and two PD and a blocked kick) and he is poised to put himself among the national elite this fall. Hyde has a 6-3 frame that carries nearly 250 pounds, and he blends that with good strength and outstanding speed and athleticism. His versatility will allow the staff to use him in a variety of schemes to attack the backfield. Beyond Hyde, only fellow senior, defensive tackle Harold Robertson returns with significant starting experience (28 career starts). A quiet but steady force in the middle of the Tribe defense for the last three years, Roberston’s 6-2, 300-pound frame is ideally suited for the one technique. One of the team’s strongest players, Robertson has always been a solid run stopper. This spring he steadily improved his pass rush skills and will look to be a force on every snap this fall. Robertson will line up beside rising sophomore George Beerhalter (6-3, 265), who saw significant time at tackle last fall as a true freshman. A steady performer, Beerhalter recorded 28 total tackles in 2010 and has picked up on his alignments and assignments very quickly and will look to build on his debut performance.
2011 SEASON OUTLOOK
Asmar showed promise early in fall camp a year ago, before missing significant time with an injury, while Revell is a converted QB with a the size and strength to be an impact player.
All-America Candidate Marcus Hyde, DE
2011 W&M Tribe Football Media Guide