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Apr 14, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

Been away for awhile!  Some news has happened around the league since the absence.  Other stuff has gone on as well so be sure to read below…William and Mary athletes have chimed in already today.

Last week Massachusetts announced plans for a Spring Fling to help promote and generate attendance at it Spring Game, April 30.  Check out all of the details here.  Delaware Head Coach K.C. Keeler is joining forces with Klondike Kate’s in Newark, Del., to support the Boys and Girls Club.  Click here for the Delaware Athletics release.

The Tribe has its spring game this weekend…click here to find out more details thanks to the W&M Athletics release.  Towson just announced that it signed a deal with FOX 1370-AM to carry all of its games and head coach Rob Ambrose’s weekly radio show this fall in the Baltimore area.  Click here for more details on the exciting news out of Towson.

Hope you didn’t miss the recap of Richmond’s spring game…click here if you did.  Also an update from the league office in regards to some upcoming info and dates.  The 2010 Media Day has been set for July 28.  All 10 of the league’s coaches along with a few selected student-athletes will make their way to the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md., to celebrate the upcoming 2010 season.  Keep your eyes on for all sorts of information, including releases, videos, photos and more that day.

The league’s officials will be heading to Washington, D.C., Thursday (tomorrow) to meet with Comcast SportsNet officials in order to hammer out a preliminary 2010 CAA Football Television schedule.  Details won’t be known right away, but information on broadcasts may start to surface sometime around early-to-mid May.  The official television package release will be out on Media Day, and will include all of the conference package as well as any non-conference television selections made prior to the start of the season.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter to receive some updates from our TV meetings and other info throughout the spring.  Keep checking back here for more entries from our student-athletes.

2010 CAA Football…You Better Be Ready!!!

CAA Football Student-Athlete

Ben Cottingham – William and Mary
Defensive Back

During last Friday afternoon’s practice, we held our second scrimmage of the spring season.  Defensively, I would give the performance a B/B- according to the standard we hold ourselves to.  Our run defense has not skipped a beat from last season’s success, and our pass defense still continues to be too difficult to be broken down.  The scrimmages are intra-squad, but they are highly competitive.  Animosity builds up between the offense and defense throughout the week, and it’s always good to get a chance to line up and compete.

This week’s shout out goes to the defensive line.  This week was a tough week of practice for the entire team.  Let’s just face it, it was hot [reaching the 90’s on a couple of days].  But for the defensive line you wouldn’t know that they practiced the whole week with six, yes SIX players.  It would be easy as a player to look at the odds you’re up against, having six defensive linemen versus 10-15 offensive linemen, and turn in a mediocre effort.  Against all the odds, they performed to an equal standard, if not better than if they were at full strength.  If the goal line stand [where the offense had multiple goes from inside the five, including one from inside the one] at the end of Monday’s practice didn’t prove anything, the multiple pressures and sacks on the quarterback during the entire week, including the scrimmage, was enough to say that our guys have what it takes.

It may not always be perfect, but if the effort is there plays will be made.  The defensive line is still talented.  People may think we have fallen talent wise, with the loss of three high-caliber players [graduated seniors Adrian Tracy, Sean Lissemore and C.J. Herbert], but the 2010 group will continue to hold it down on the line of scrimmage.

One week until the spring game!  This week’s for fine tuning, and then we get down to business …

Chase Hill – William and Mary
Wide Receiver

Hello everyone, Chase Hill checking in from Williamsburg again.

Last Friday we finished our second intra-squad scrimmage of the season. Compared to our first scrimmage, the amount of plays that were run was increased. The offense was put in more game-like situations, such as goal line, backed up, and two-minute. [Sophomore] Tight end Alex Gottlieb was named offensive player of the scrimmage as he made crucial catches and solidified a strong run-blocking game.

The offense is always looking for consistency. There are times when we are hot and others when we are cold, but on average we are coming together as a unit and increasing the rhythm we hold on the field. All 11 players must work together for an offensive play to be successful, and it takes a lot of hard work to successfully execute a complete drive down the field.

We have less than a week left of practice and throughout the course of spring the wide receiver core has been increasing its chemistry with the new quarterbacks [all seven of them]. Timing is key in the passing game and every rep is an opportunity for the wide receivers and quarterbacks to get into sync. This spring we have been “airing” it out more than usual to ensure a good mesh between the primary players in the passing game.

The team is left with only two practices before the annual Green and Gold Spring Game this Saturday. As spring winds down, players attempt to put together everything they have been taught over the past month for the final practices and hopefully have it carry over to summer practices. Even though the end is near, players are reminded constantly there is still time to improve and get better.

Come support Tribe Football this Saturday, April 17th at 1:30 p.m. at Zable Stadium for the annual Spring Game!

Thank You and God Bless!
C. Hill #15