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Star Track: B.W. Webb of W&M
B.W. Webb, 19, of Newport News is getting ready for spring practice at William and Mary after a memorable redshirt freshman season, when he was the Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and led the Tribe to an 11-3 record and the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.
Webb, a 5-foot-11, 160-pounder, was the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year. He also was named a second-team All-CAA cornerback and third-team punt returner.
After his first game for the Tribe, he was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. This award had been given to players from the Football Bowl Subdivision every week since its inception in 2001, but since Webb was playing against an FBS team — Virginia — he was eligible and became the first FCS player to receive it.
He had one of the most memorable games by a defender in W&M history, intercepting three passes and returning one 50 yards for a late touchdown that virtually a clinched a 26-14 victory over the Cavaliers.
He went on to intercept eight passes for the season — tied for second in the nation — and took one 58 yards against Weber State for a touchdown during the Tribe’s first-round playoff shutout. Webb can do a vertical jump of 38 inches.
Besides football, he participated in track and field, basketball and baseball growing up.
At Warwick, he was a honor student and a first-team All-Peninsula District defensive back, and he was a two-year starter at cornerback and wide receiver. He intercepted seven passes as a Raider, returning two for touchdowns, and averaged 18.2 yards per punt return as a 12th-grader.
His top 55-meter dash time was 6.6 seconds, and he was a triple-jumper and long-jumper.
At W&M, he is majoring in kinesiology.
By Newport News Daily Press