Captain Thoughts

Malcolm Sheppard and Jonathan Luigs were among the captains selected by players and coaches.

Malcolm Sheppard isn't a senior, so the selection by his teammates and coaches as captain took him a little bit by surprised Sunday night. By the time he met with the media Tuesday, the junior defensive tackle seemed comfortable with the idea.

"It's an honor and I'm humbled by the vote, but I don't think you change or do anything different," Sheppard said. "You do what you've been doing that made them want you as a captain. You work hard, you try to be a good example and that's what I've tried to do anyway."

Sheppard joins corner Jamar Love and linebacker Elston Forte as defensive captains. Center Jonathan Luigs and quarterback Casey Dick are the offensive captains.

Luigs had similar thoughts as Sheppard, but said he's prepared to help the younger players a bit more than he was in the spring.

"I know as a returning starter, I was supposed to help the young guys in the line, but it was tough in the winter and spring," Luigs said. "I was learning an entire new system and that was about all I could handle. I'm a little better equipped to help the young guys now. I can look out for them and answer their questions a little better right now.

"I will say that being voted captain is a humbling experience. My real goal was just to come here and play football. I didn't think too far out ahead of that. To be captain, that's a fairy tale."

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