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.”
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