WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – After an outstanding performance in the No. 23/24 William and Mary football team’s victory at No. 15/21 Delaware, senior free safety Jerome Couplin III has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week. It marks the second consecutive week a W&M player has garnered the honor after sophomore linebacker Luke Rhodes earned the distinction last week.
Couplin, a team captain, helped lead the Tribe’s defensive unit that held UD without an offensive touchdown and limited the Blue Hens to a season-low 207 total yards and -35 rushing yards. The rushing total marked W&M’s fourth-best effort against the run in school history and the fewest in Delaware’s history. Delaware, which had won three straight games and was 5-0 at home this season, entered the contest averaging 34.0 points per game, 444.0 total yards per game and 209.8 rushing yards per game.
Couplin’s performance was highlighted by a 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the first quarter. He also totaled six tackles.
The Upper Marlboro, Md., native currently ranks tied for sixth in the conference with 8.8 tackles per game – an average that leads the league among defensive backs. Additionally, he ranks sixth nationally with 6.0 solo tackles per game.
W&M will look to defeat a top-20 opponent for the fourth consecutive week when it hosts No. 13/11 Towson for Senior Day on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.