WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Jan. 2, 2014)—William and Mary senior free safety Jerome Couplin III and junior defensive end Mike Reilly were recently selected to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) FCS All-Star Team.
The honor adds to a long list of postseason accolades for Couplin, who was recently chosen as a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sports Network and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Couplin established himself as one of the nation’s top defensive players in 2013 and was a finalist for the Buchanan Award. A first-team all-conference selection, the team captain led the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked 10th nationally with 5.8 solo tackles per game at the conclusion of the regular season. Additionally, the Upper Marlboro, Md., native ranked third in the CAA with 9.4 tackles per game – a figure that led the league among defensive backs.
In addition to leading the team with 113 tackles (70 solo), the two-time All-CAA honoree recorded two forced fumbles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, six PBU’s and two forced fumbles. Couplin also returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown in the win at Delaware en route to earning CAA Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Reilly emerged as one of the country’s elite defensive ends this fall with a breakout campaign in which he led the CAA in sacks (11.5) and sacks per game (0.96) – an average that ranked fifth nationally at the conclusion of the regular season. Additionally, the Old Tappan, N.J., native ranked ninth nationally in forced fumbles per game (0.33), while his 1.08 tackles for a loss per contest ranked eighth in the CAA. Reilly’s stats also included 47 tackles, a fumble recovery and a PBU. One of his best performances came in the season opener at West Virginia when he totaled a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.