2011 SEASON OUTLOOK
Rising sophomore Brian Stinnie comes into fall as the starter opposite Hyde at defensive end. Like Beerhalter, he saw extended reps mixing into the rotation at end last fall (13 total tackles, 0.5 sack). At 6-4, 245 pounds, he has greatly improved his overall strength and will look to be an impact player. Stinnie, the defensive MVP of the team’s spring ending scrimmage, can also move over to the tackle position if necessary. Sophomore Stephen Sinnott and redshirt freshman Mike Reilly (6-4, 260) provide quality depth at the end position. Both displayed flashes of potential in the spring and will be counted on to build on their performances in the fall. Reilly has the size, strength and versatility to move over the tackle position if necessary. Junior Chris Johnson (6-2, 240) will also challenge for reps in the fall after missing the spring with a shoulder injury. Junior Nick Zaremba (6-2, 265) is the primary depth for the tackle role heading into fall. He has an unquestioned desire to maximize his potential and plays with tremendous motor on every rep.
Linebacker Despite the departure of two outstanding senior contributors in Wes Steinman and Evan Francks, William and Mary Defensive Coordinator and linebackers coach Scott Boone will bring an impressive unit to the field this fall. The return of senior linebacker Jake Trantin to the middle of the College’s defense is a tremendous boost for the entire unit, as the returning all-conference performer from 2009 is one of the team’s best leaders on the field. Beyond being an athletic 6-1, 240-pound physical force, Trantin’s knowledge of the team’s defensive schemes and ability to get the entire defense organized might be his greatest asset. He returned for the spring after missing the entire 2010 season for family reasons and did not appear to miss a beat. Look for him to challenge for national honors this fall. Possibly equally as exciting as Trantin’s return is the move of returning all-conference linebacker Dante Cook (5-11, 213) to the perimeter of the defense. Cook made a huge impact on the team last season playing middle backer (111 total tackles, nine TFLs, four PD, a forced and recovered fumble and two interceptions returned for TDs), but his speed and athleticism is ideally suited for bringing pressure off the edge. He has the versatility to be a threat from multiple positions on the field and the desire to maximize his considerable talents. He has the potential to be one the league’s premier playmakers. Junior Jabrel Mines (6-0, 212) comes into the fall as the starter opposite Cook. He has seen playing time in his previous two seasons on campus (80 career total tackles, 2.5 sacks and five PD) and will get his first opportunity at extended reps this fall. A great effort player, All-America Candidate he will be an excellent compliJake Trantin, LB 6
2010 CAA CHAMPIONS
ment to Cook and Trantin and should complete what will likely be one of the league’s top linebacker units. Quality depth is provided at the middle backer position by sophomore Ben Casper, who saw spot action a season ago. He has steadily grown more comfortable with the schemes and improved all phases of his play this spring. Rangy sophomore Quincy September (6-3, 222) and redshirt freshman Alex Goodman (6-0, 225) are the top reserves on the outside. Both have the potential to emerge as impact players with continued development.
Defensive Backs Tribe defensive backfield coach D.K. McDonald inherited a veteran unit for his first season on campus. He will be working with a crew that returns three of the four starters from a season ago, including returning first-team all-league cornerback B.W. Webb (5-11, 175). McDonald will count on Webb continuing to build a career that has already seen him earn a total of five all-conferences honors in just two seasons. All signs point to the junior from Newport News, Va., doing just that, as he is coming off a productive spring and will look to challenge as one the nation’s premier cover corners. A gifted athlete, with outstanding speed and quickness, Webb is an aggressive and confident player at field corner who excels at man coverage. Senior Terrell Wells (5-10, 185) will line up opposite Webb at boundary corner, after starting last season at free safety. Wells had an excellent spring at his more natural corner position and displayed excellent cover skills. He is one of the team’s more physical defensive backs and he has the potential to be an all-conference caliber performer.
All-America Candidate B.W. Webb, CB
Published on Aug 8, 2011