William & Mary moving past Hokies, prepping for Pirates

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Even with the final scoreboard reading 34-9, Jimmye Laycock liked some of what he saw from his College of William & Mary team against Virginia Tech last Saturday.

“We learned that we are in pretty good shape, we know how to play hard, I thought our guys played with a lot of effort and competed very hard and we had a number of players that had outstanding games,” said Laycock at his weekly press conference.

With more than half the second quarter gone by in Blacksburg, the Tribe (0-1) only trailed 7-6 and faced a third-and-6 from the Tech 39 yard line. Hokies senior linebacker Chase Williams came free, clobbered first-time starting quarterback Steve Cluley who fumbled, and Derek Di Nardo scooped up the football and returned it to the Tribe two yard line.

The tide of the game changed, and William & Mary never threatened again.

“We also learned that you can’t make some mistakes and expect to have a chance to win against a team like Virginia Tech,” said Laycock.

The challenge for the Tribe now is facing a Hampton University team that gave Old Dominion University a late scare at SB Ballard Stadium. “This is kind of like an opening game again because we don’t know what to expect,” said Laycock, referring to the fact that the Pirates are lead by first-year head coach Connell Maynor.

“It looks to be a whole new system offensively and defensively and a lot of new players,” said Laycock.

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