Brent Caprio finished last season as the College of William & Mary football team's starting quarterback.

He found out Monday that he will open this season as the starter, too.

Coach Jimmye Laycock announced on a conference call Monday morning that Caprio, the 2008 Press Player of the Year at Mainland Regional High School, won a three-man competition for the starting job. The Tribe open the season Saturday at the University of Maryland.

"I feel like Brent deserves the opportunity to start," Laycock said. "He's certainly done everything we've asked him to do in practice, and he knows what we're doing. He's handled himself well."

Caprio, a redshirt junior, started four of the Tribe's final five games last season, going 2-2. He led the team in completions (68), completion percentage (63.6), passing yards (795) and touchdown passes (six) and also ran for one touchdown.

"I'm definitely very excited to be named the starter," Caprio said by phone. "I worked hard all spring and all summer for the starting job."

Caprio beat out fellow redshirt junior Michael Graham and redshirt sophomore Raphael Ortiz for the job. Graham fell behind in the past week due to an ankle injury.

"All three quarterbacks have had a very good preseason," Laycock said. "I felt like they've all improved and gotten better, and we've put them in a lot of different situations."

Saturday will be a tough situation. William & Mary plays in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, while Maryland is from the Football Bowl Subdivision. But the Tribe nearly beat the Terps the last time they met, losing 24-17 in 2006, and William & Mary beat Maryland's Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia 26-14 in 2009.

"I'm just looking forward to the opportunity I have at Maryland and taking it one day at a time," Caprio said.

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