Devils Named Captains

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke head football coach Ted Roof announced on Thursday that Giuseppe Aguanno, Phillip Alexander, Chris Dapolito, Ben Patrick and Kenneth Stanford will serve as the program's team captains for the 2004 season. The Blue Devils voted on team captains earlier in the week.

Aguanno, a senior linebacker from Staten Island, N.Y., is slated to start at middle linebacker after recording 60 tackles with eight tackles for loss in 2003. He enters 2004 with 34 career games, 13 starting assignments and 138 tackles to his credit.

Alexander, a senior defensive end from Bronx, N.Y., enjoyed a fine season, his first on the Blue Devil defensive line, in 2003 with 59 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks. The converted linebacker is a preseason second team All-ACC choice by The Sporting News.

Dapolito, a senior quarterback from Matawan, N.J., has seen action in 15 games at Duke, completing 56-of-121 passes for 638 yards and six touchdowns. In 2003, Dapolito hit on 55.6 percent of his throws and in the first start of his career, guided the Blue Devils to a 30-22 victory over North Carolina by completing five-of-seven passes for 81 yards while rushing for a career-best 42 yards.

Patrick, a sophomore tight end from Savannah, Ga., was a third team Freshman All-America pick in 2003 by The Sporting News after catching 17 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown.

Stanford, a senior cornerback from Detroit, Mich., is the most experienced Blue Devil on the roster with 35 games played and 27 starting assignments. A two-time recipient of Duke's Outstanding Defensive Back honor, he has 163 career tackles and ranks third on the program's career pass breakup list with 30.

The Blue Devils open the 2004 at Navy on September 4.

The Devils Den Top Stories