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Today’s preseason camp update features a preview of the Tribe’s quarterbacks. Head Coach Jimmye Laycock discusses the position group in the video feature available above.
After struggling to find consistency at quarterback for much of the last decade, fourth-year offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers has developed stability at the position with senior Steve Cluley (6-3, 225). The returning all-conference standout enters his senior campaign as one of the nation’s most-experienced signal-callers with 25 consecutive starts – a remarkable run that represents the most consecutive starts by a W&M quarterback since David Corley, Jr., earned 41 straight starting nods from 1999-02.
Cluley, who was voted as a team captain during the spring, emerged as an all-league performer in 2015 after leading the CAA in completion percentage (.627) and ranking second in passing yards per game (212.9). Additionally, he posted an impressive stretch of 176 consecutive passes without an interception – a tremendous feat that bettered his mark of 138 straight passes without a pick that he recorded as a sophomore.
Along with his accuracy, the Manasquan, N.J., native possesses excellent arm strength and poise under pressure. Additionally, he combines mobility with exceptional toughness and durability – all traits that should allow him to continue his ascension as a candidate for All-America honors.
Sophomore Tommy McKee (6-2, 205) returns as the Tribe’s backup quarterback for the second-consecutive season. Although he saw limited game action last fall, the Virginia Beach, Va., native has done an excellent job learning the offense and has consistently shown improvement. The former scout team offensive player of the year (2014) is a bright, competitive signal-caller who brings a mature approach to the field. Additionally, he combines an exceptional work ethic with a good feel for the game and is an athletic player who possesses good mobility.
Providing depth will be talented redshirt freshman Brandon Battle. An excellent passer with a tremendous arm, Battle earned his first significant reps during the spring after redshirting as a true freshman last fall. The La Plata, Md., native has done a tremendous job learning the playbook during his relatively brief time on campus but is seeking to translate that knowledge into productively on the field – something that should come as he gains experience.