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William & Mary turns to unproven QB

by Matt Lincoln

WILLIAMSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The Tribe wasn't just heartbroken after their close loss to North Carolina.  Many of their players were just broken period.

William & Mary lost a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, falling to the FBS Tar Heels 21-17.  They also lost two quarterbacks, their star running back, and their starting tight end.

Starting senior quarterback Mike Callahan didn't make it out of the first quarter.  UNC transfer Mike Paulus played a brilliant game (24-35, 209 yards, 2 TDs), but was injured on one of the final plays of the game.

Both are definitely out for this weekend's game against #8 New Hampshire. So Jimmye Laycock turns to Brent Caprio - a redshirt freshman who has never started a college football game.

"He just hasn't had any reps," said Laycock of his unproven quarterback. "I hope he has taken mental reps while watching Paulus and Callahan."

Laycock said that Caprio took a lot of snaps in the spring and was in the discussion to start.  But he fell behind the Mikes this fall.

Caprio may not have the team's best offensive weapon against New Hampshire.  Starting running back Jonathan Grimes sat out the second half of the North Carolina game with a mild concussion.  He is questionable for this weekend.  Tight end Alex Gottlieb also watched the second half from the bench, and his status is unknown for the UNH game.

One thing that W&M does know is that they've had the Wildcats number this decade.  The Tribe have won seven straight in the rivalry, including the last three when UNH was ranked in the top 10.  With a win Saturday, the Tribe would be the only team in America to win four games over top 10 teams.

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