Brent Caprio’s season is over.
The College of William & Mary quarterback dislocated his throwing shoulder in Saturday’s loss to New Hampshire and is out for the year.
“I feel real bad for Brent,” Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said in a phone interview Monday. “He’s just a great young man who’s worked very hard.”
Caprio, a redshirt junior from Mainland Regional High School, opened the season as the Tribe’s starter but hurt his shoulder in the opener against Maryland and lost the starting job to Raphael Ortiz.
When Ortiz suffered a head injury about a month later, Caprio regained the starting job and played well in a 34-28 win over Penn. He threw for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
But Ortiz returned the following week, relegating Caprio to the bench — until Ortiz hurt his shoulder last week against Maine.
Caprio started Saturday against New Hampshire and completed all five of his passes before getting hurt.
“One of the things you hate to see in college football is guys that work hard and get an opportunity and then something happens that’s out of their control,” Laycock said. “But he’ll bounce back from that.”
Ortiz also is out for the season, leaving Mike Graham as the starter.
“Mike, as of yesterday, he was healthy,” Laycock said with a laugh. “Now let’s see what happens today or how we get through this week.”
This is the second year in a row that William & Mary has been forced to use three starting quarterbacks. Last year, it was Caprio, Graham and Mike Paulus.
“It’s not a lot of fun, but I’m not the one getting hurt,” Laycock said with a laugh. “I feel bad for the players.”