2016 Colorado football captains announced

After rotating captains each week from a 12-man leadership council in 2015, the Buffaloes have gone back to naming traditional, season-long captains for the 2016 campaign.

The team met Tuesday and after a discussion on who they thought would be the best leaders on several fronts, five emerged as Colorado's captains: Senior quarterback Sefo Liufau, senior inside linebacker Kenneth Olugbode, junior fullback/tight end George Frazier, junior offensive tackle Jeromy Irwin and junior tailback Phillip Lindsay.

All those guys have been here at least four years,” Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a press release. “They’re truly ingrained into what we want, they know the culture that we have and what we are striving to achieve. Each one of them is a great competitor and will represent the team well.”

Liufau served as a captain as a sophomore in 2014, and because he was part of the leadership council in 2015, he is considered to be just the second CU player to serve as a team captain for three seasons. The first was quarterback Pat Carney, who did so over 120 years ago during just the second, third and fourth years of the program's existence.

While senior defensive back Chidobe Awuzie will not be a team captain this season, he will represent CU, along with MacIntyre and Liufau, at Pac-12 Media Days in Los Angeles later this month. And on Tuesday, Awuzie was named to the 2016 Bednarik Award preseason watch list, which is given each year to the nation's top defensive player.

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