WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – As the College of William & Mary continues fall camp, the team and their fans would like to keep 2009 in their memories. That’s the season they opened up in Charlottesville and walked out with a 26-14 win over the University of Virginia.
A similar challenge awaits in 2014…when the Tribe open up at Virginia Tech.
“We’re just honored to go up and play in Lane Stadium,” says Jimmye Laycock, who heads into his 35th season as head coach.
Five years ago, then-sophomore cornerback B.W. Webb intercepted a Cavaliers pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to seal the win. Webb is now with the Dallas Cowboys, and William & Mary is prepping for a team they haven’t beaten in 37 years.
“It’s a tremendous atmosphere. We’ve been there before, and it’ll be loud and exciting,” said Laycock, “I hope our players relish the opportunity.”
While Laycock is yet to decide on a starting quarterback, his defense has the potential to give Virginia Tech’s offense fits. The Tribe ‘D’ features four preseason all-CAA players, starting with Mike Reilly, who lead the CAA in sacks and was second in the entire FCS.
Tech, meanwhile, will be adjusting to life without quarterback Logan Thomas, who is now playing in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals. Whoever will be taking the field, Laycock’s team is counting down the days to August 30.
“It certainly adds a little more focus to your preseason practice when you know that one’s right around the corner,” he said.