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4 Jerome Couplin III

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Team captain … Established himself as one of the nation’s top defensive players and was a finalist for the Buchanan Award … Garnered first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press, The Sports Network, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the College Sporting News and Phil Steele … All-CAA first-team selection … ECAC All-Star and VaSID All-State first-team honoree … Ranked third in the conference with 9.1 tackles per game, a figure that ranked first among defensive backs … Ranked 11th nationally in solo tackles per game (5.8) … Led the team with 113 tackles while also totaling 2.5 tackles for a loss, six PBU’s, two forced fumble and one fumble recovery, which was returned 51 yards for a touchdown … Recorded double-digit tackle totals in six games … Honored as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week following the win at No. 15/21 Delaware in which he returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown … Posted 14-tackle efforts in the season opener at West Virginia (10 solo) and at No. 14/17 Maine … Also recorded a tackle for a loss versus WVU and a forced fumble at UM … Registered 13 stops against No. 10/7 Towson … Tallied 12 tackles and two PBU’s in the season finale at Richmond … Registered 10-tackles efforts in the wins against Rhode Island and Penn … Forced a fumble in the win at Lafayette … Totaled eight stops and a TFL in the triumph against Hampton … W&M Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Year … Preseason All-CAA first-team selection by Phil Steele … Earned a share of the John A. Stewart Winter Warrior Award … Honored as the W&M QB Club Defensive Player of the Year ...

Emerged as one of the league's top safeties ... Garnered third-team all-conference honors ... Ranked fifth in the CAA with 8.3 tackles per game, while the average led the league among defensive backs ... Started all 11 games and recorded a team-high 91 tackles with three interceptions, two tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and four PBUs ... Posted five double-digit tackle performances ... Recorded a career-high 15 tackles at Towson ... Posted 13 stops, 11 solo, and an interception versus Richmond ... Tallied 12 tackles and a PBU at Old Dominion ... Registered 10 tackles, a half tackle for a loss and a PBU versus Maine ... Recorded 10 tackles and an interception at James Madison ... Totaled seven stops and an interception in the win against Georgia State ... Posted five tackles, 1.5 TFL and a forced fumble in the season opener at Maryland ... Also forced a fumble at New Hampshire ...

Appeared in all 11 games and earned eight starts ... Started the final six games to close out the season ... Finished the year with 47 tackles, an interception, six pass break-ups and a forced fumble ... Recorded a career-high seven tackles in the win at Richmond ... Totaled six stops, five solo, and a forced fumble the previous week versus Old Dominion ... Also registered six tackles against James Madison and Towson ... Came up big in the win versus sixth-ranked New Hampshire with an interception and five tackles, all solo ...

Saw action in 11 games as a reserve defensive back and as a member of special teams ... Finished the season with six tackles and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown ... His pick-six, which went for 22 yards, came in the fourth quarter of the victory against VMI ... Tallied a pair of tackles at James Madison ... 

Scout team defensive back ...

Two-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and safety for head coach Bryce Bevill at Bishop McNamara ... Earned all-state honorable mention accolades at wide receiver in '08 ... Also garnered first-team all-county and all-conference honors as a senior ... Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention selection ... Also earned honorable mention honors from The Capital Newspaper (Annapolis, Md.) ... Chosen to the All-DCSportsfan First Team ... Registered 685 receiving yards and six touchdowns in '08 ... Also totaled 67 tackles, two sacks and an interception as a defensive back ... Member of the nationally-ranked Bishop McNamara basketball team ... Earned all-conference honors with the track team as a triple jumper ... Member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) ... Recipient of the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award ... Won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Sports Medicine ... Served as a student ambassador and is a peer minister ...

Son of Jerome Couplin Jr., and Adrienne Montague ... Majoring in kinesiology and health science with a health science concentration ... Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Position: Safety
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md.
High School: Bishop McNamara
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