"Leadership is something that we strive to teach our players from the moment they first walk on our campus," said Dave Doeren. "These young men will not only be leaders, but they will help their teammates develop into leaders. They take this responsibility very seriously."
The Leadership Council elected by the 2016 squad includes 14 new members, including five young men who will represent the freshman class. Senior cornerback Jack Tocho, junior offensive guard Tony Adams and redshirt sophomore quarterback Jalan McClendon were elected to the group for the third straight year.
The Leadership Council offers input for head coach Dave Doeren and the coaching staff on certain decisions and gives the players a voice if the team has an idea it wants presented to the coaches. It is comprised of players from all classes and is not a recognition of athletic prowess, but leadership ability.
Here's a look at the 2016 Wolfpack Leadership Council by position (the number in parentheses indicates the numbers of years elected to the council):
Cornerback: Nicholas Lacy, Jack Tocho (3)
Safety: Shawn Boone (2), Dexter Wright
Linebacker: Jerod Fernandez, Airius Moore (2)
Defensive Line: Bradley Chubb, B.J. Hill (2)
Special Teams: A.J. Cole III (2)
Running Back: Matthew Dayes (2), Reggie Gallaspy II (2)
Tight End/Fullback: Cole Cook (2), Jaylen Samuels
Wide Receiver: Bra'Lon Cherry, Stephen Louis
Quarterback: Jalan McClendon (3), Josh Taylor
Offensive Line: Tony Adams (3), Joe Scelfo
Freshmen: Dylan Autenrieth, Kelvin Harmon, Nick McCloud, Brock Miller & Isaiah Stallings