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Team Captains Elected, Sworn In

One of the things to emerge through three weeks of camp is this: Coach Ralph Friedgen likes this team. A lot. No one – not even Friedgen – knows how good this team will be. But he likes this bunch, so much so that he listened to the team’s leadership council and decided to let players elected permanent captains for the entire season.

Under Friedgen, different players have usually been named captains for different games. This marks the first time Friedgen has allowed permanent captains to be named before the season. The reason he did it is because he likes the overall leadership on the team and likes the character of the kids. The captains:

Offensive: senior center Phil Costa and senior quarterback Chris Turner
Defensive: junior linebacker Adrian Moten and senior cornerback Nolan Carroll.
A special teams captain will be named for each game.

“I felt like we had a lot of quality guys, a pretty good group of kids to pick from,” Friedgen said. “They picked the guys I would have liked them to pick.”

Friedgen takes the idea of captains so seriously that he had the players swear in on bibles before practice. Seriously.

“It is that important to me,” Friedgen said. “If you elect the wrong captains, it can hurt you more than help you. With this team, I thought we had some strong leaders. The percentages were better with these kids than maybe in any year I have been here, maybe along with the first year.”

Moten was the only junior, and his election reflects the respect teammates, including upperclassmen, have for him. “Adrian has really matured as a young man,” Friedgen said. “He is kind of outspoken and not afraid to tell guys who aren’t working to get in gear. He has had a couple confrontations on the team. They look at it as a guy making people accountable. I am happy he is one of the captains.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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Dude...I'm really pumped for this season.

Our defense is really going to suprise people with coach Brown. It's going to be a game changer.

No more Cosh cover 2 defense and maybe a CB blitz on 3rd down. Bend don't break was awful. His strategy was to get opponent to the goal line for a short field that would benefit the defense. WHAT KIND OF F'N STRATEGY IS THAT. Not many people realize that our defense hasn't scored a TD since 2006. That's pathetic. And all our turnovers were fumble recoveries based on butter finger opponents. No sack fumbles, no interceptions, etc.

Posted by: | August 31, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

His strategy was to get opponent to the goal line for a short field that would benefit the defense. WHAT KIND OF F'N STRATEGY IS THAT.

Posted by: | August 31, 2009 12:19 PM

I'm no Cosh apologist, but give me a defensive coordinator in the history of the sport has had a strategy where they wanted the other team to move the ball down the field all the way to the goal line, just so that the D would then have a short field. That's a beyond ridiculous claim.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 31, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Can we get over last year already? We all know the PASS RUSH was virtually nonexistent, leaving the bend-don't-break strategy as our only option. It didn't help that Franklin's questionable play-calling (throw and 1st and 2nd downs, run on 3rd & long) put the 'D' back out on the field after two minutes almost every other series. Now with a year under JF's belt and a new D-coord, let's hope for something better...

Posted by: iamasofaking | August 31, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Bend dont break philosophy would work but you better be prepared to outscore people.... which MD cannot do. I think the go for the throat and inflict chaos D will help them.... just be ready for the other side of that and that means giving up the big play

Posted by: rvanags | August 31, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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