William and Mary's defense will be called upon once more
William and Mary 's defense had no room for error last week. With the Tribe's third-string, and then its fourth-string, quarterback running an offense that managed just 30 passing yards, making up any sort of a scoring deficit at then-No. 8 New Hampshire would have been a Herculean task.
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#1 Nov 13, 2010
What the average william and mary fan may not understand is that even though they are down to their fourth and fifth string quarterbacks it may be the best thing that could have happened to the Tribe. Number 4 would be Terrance Schmaund, number 5 Mike Graham. The odd and interesting thing about these two is that they were the two best qb's in the spring game. With Schmaund and Graham's performance ranking one and two by the coaching staff in that spring game. Meanwhile Paulus looked terrible completing only 3 passes in 4 or 5 series. Calahan #1, did not play as he was still rehabbing an ACL injury. Caprio completed more passes than Paulus, but was sacked more times than he completed passes, and looked overweight and slow in the pocket.
I've been perplexed by the coaching staff while these two have been anchored to the bottom of the depth chart for the past two years. I've thought to myself that they are to two most physically gifted qb's and in my opinion should have been competeting for the 1 and 2 positions. I didn't get a chance to watch Schmaund play in highschool(but really like everything I see on the practice field), but I was fortunate enough to watch Graham play 5 or 6 times over two years as he was in charge of the most prolific offense in the state. Bar-none he is the most well rounded qb I've ever seen play highschool ball. He has the best play action fakes I've ever seen on any level. Is a very gifted athlete that likes to run over linebackers when he needs to, but prefers to launch it up over the defense. Throws equally well running to the left and right as he does in the pocket. Most importantly he doesn't give the ball away. In his state championship season he had two INT's in 14 games.
This guru sees good things ahead for the Tribe as long as we don't get too healthy.
So don't worry Tribe fan's we may be down to 4 and 5, but in my eyes the best is yet to come.
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