2005 Football captains named

"It's a great honor for Jeremy and Lamar to be elected by their teammates and I know it's a role they won't take likely," said Johnson. "I think the team made two great selections and I know both of these young men will do a great job."

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy head football coach Paul Johnson announced Monday that Jeremy Chase (Norfolk, Va.) and Lamar Owens (Savannah, Ga.) have been elected team captains for the 2005 football season by their teammates.

Chase, a 2005 All-East candidate, started all 12 games at defensive end last year for the Midshipmen.  He finished the 2004 campaign with 46 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.  The 11 tackles for a loss were the second most on the team.  Chase had his best game against Notre Dame, coming up with eight tackles and two tackles for a loss.

Owens enters the fall as Navy's starting quarterback after serving as the back up the last three years behind Craig Candeto and Aaron Polanco.  Owens appeared in six games last fall, rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.  Owens showed his big-play capabilities in the Army-Navy game, bursting around right end for a 17-yard touchdown to put the final points on the board in Navy's 42-13 rout of the Black Knights.

The Midshipmen are coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history, winning 10 games for the first time in 99 years, winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the second-consecutive season, defeating New Mexico to win the Emerald Bowl and finishing the year ranked 24th in the country in both polls.

Season tickets are currently on sale at the Navy box office in Ricketts Hall, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, or on the internet at www.navysports.com.  Navy opens up the 2005 campaign Saturday, Sept. 3 against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start and will be televised nationally by CSTV.

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