Breaking news: Callahan named starter

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August 30, 2010

10:07 AM

Head Coach Jimmye Laycock named senior Mike Callahan his starting quarterback for William and Mary’s Saturday afternoon season opener at UMass, tapping the fifth-year player over junior transfer Mike Paulus and redshirt freshman Brent Caprio.

“He’s experienced,” Laycock said. “He understands our offense, and he’s made very good decisions when we’ve put him in situations … I’ve been very pleased with the quarterback situation throughout [preseason].”

The coach hailed the improvement of all three quarterbacks competing for the starting job, while expressing confidence in the trio.

“I think all of our quarterbacks have done a very good job in the preseason, their workload this summer was significant in their improvement level,” he said. “They have worked hard, competed and gotten better … But Mike [Callahan] has certainly earned it, this is not a process of elimination. It’s going to be a situation where we see how things progress. None of these guys have played in a ball game, so we’ll see how they do Saturday in a game.”

Laycock said he was not yet decided on a primary backup.

“Right now it would depend on the situation,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in [Caprio and Paulus], too.”

Check back with Flathatnews.com for more on this developing story

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