Baas, Jackson Named U-M Football Captains

From Michigan Sports Information ( University of Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Thursday, Aug. 19) the selection of co-captains for the 2004 Wolverine football team, the 125th squad in school history. Fifth-year senior <b>David Baas</b> (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview HS) represents the offense while senior cornerback <b>Marlin Jackson</b> (Sharon, Pa./Sharon HS) was the defensive selection.

"The greatest honor a Michigan football player can receive is to be selected by his teammates as captain," said Carr. "These two men bypassed the NFL to return to Michigan for their last season of eligibility and finish their degrees. Our team has chosen well.

"Along with an excellent group of seniors, David and Marlin will be responsible for providing the leadership that will enable this team to pursue its goals relentlessly and aggressively," added Carr.

Baas enters 2004 looking to become the 11th player in Michigan football history to earn All-Big Ten first team honors at least three times during his career. He has been named to the watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award this season after collecting Associated Press All-America second team honors and his second straight first-team All-Big Ten selection last season. Baas is a three-year letterman and two-year starter at left guard. He has played in 32 career games and made 27 consecutive starts.

Jackson returns to cornerback in 2004 after switching to free safety during the Wolverines' 2003 Big Ten Championship season. A 2002 All-America at cornerback, Jackson has played in 33 career games including 27 starts, and ranks third all-time with 29 career pass breakups. Jackson leads all defensive players in career tackles (14 , interceptions (eight for 43 yards, 1 TD) and pass breakups (29). He has been named to watch list for the 2004 Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's outstanding defensive back.

The co-captains lead the Wolverines into an 11-game schedule that kicks off with a home game against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Michigan Stadium (Noon EDT on ABC Sports).

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