W&M ranked #1 in preseason football mag

For the second-consecutive year, the William and Mary football team has garnered a preseason No. 1 national ranking by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.

The Tribe returns 13 starters from last season’s squad that captured the Colonial Athletic Association title and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Playoffs, marking the program’s second-consecutive postseason berth.

In addition to the lofty ranking, the publication also selected four Tribe standouts as preseason All-Americans – running back Jonathan Grimes (first team), cornerback B.W. Webb (second team), linebacker Dante Cook (third team) and tight end Alex Gottlieb (fourth team). Joining the quartet on Steele’s preseason All-CAA First Team was defensive end Marcus Hyde and safety Brian Thompson, while center James Pagliaro, left tackle Mike Salazar and linebacker Jake Trantin all garnered preseason second-team all-league distinction.

The start of the 2011 season is rapidly approaching with the Tribe set to open its campaign at Virginia on Sept. 3. Game times for 10 of the Tribe’s 11 games have been announced and are available by clicking here. The kickoff time for the Old Dominion game should be available in the near future.

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