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Callahan in as William & Mary quarterback

Williamsburg, VA (Sports Network) - William & Mary football coach Jimmye Laycock has named fifth-year senior Mike Callahan as the fourth-ranked Tribe's starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener at Massachusetts.

Callahan earned the starting job over redshirt freshman Brent Caprio and highly regarded North Carolina transfer Mike Paulus.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Callahan has yet to play for William & Mary, missing last season because of injury.

"Mike Callahan, fifth-year senior, has been in our program for a long time, he really understands our offense and understands our thinking and reasons for doing things," Laycock said. "He's done a good job in preseason as far as learning our offense and making good decisions, so Mike will get the start."

Laycock did not name a backup quarterback, adding that, if one is needed, Caprio or Paulus would enter the game depending on the situation.

08/30 16:09:02 ET