WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Dec. 18, 2013)—William and Mary senior free safety Jerome Couplin III and junior defensive end Mike Reilly have been selected as All-Americans by the Associated Press. Couplin earned first-team honors, while Reilly was a third-team selection.
Recently honored as a first-team All-American by The Sports Network, Couplin established himself as one of the nation’s top defensive players this fall 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. 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. 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.
Couplin’s and Reilly’s selections mark the fifth consecutive season that at least one Tribe player has garnered All-America distinction from the AP, as Adrian Tracy (2009), David Miller (2010), Jonathan Grimes (2011) and B.W. Webb (2012) also earned national accolades from the organization.