Sullivan Named a Captain

For all his hard work and leadership, fifth-year senior John Sullivan was recognized by head coach Charlie Weis and the Notre Dame football program. Following stretching at practice on Thursday evening, Weis called everyone in to take a knee, and announced that Sullivan would be a team captain.

"There's no better way to honor you," Weis said to Sullivan in front of the team.

Sullivan joins safety Tom Zbikowski, running back Travis Thomas, tight end John Carlson and linebacker Maurice Crum as team captains.

Sullivan bypassed the opportunity to play in the NFL, and return to Notre Dame.

Weis also announced the walk-ons that would be receiving scholarships this season. For the second straight year, long snapper J.J. Jansen earned one. "He earned his keep more than anyone," Weis said.

Junior offensive lineman Thomas Bemenderfer was the next walk-on named. Weis said that the Northwestern transfer was close to being in the rotation on the offensive line.

Weis was only going to give out one more scholarship, but couldn't decide between defensive backs Wade Iams and William David Williams. So they both got one for their strong play on the practice field, and their outstanding work in the classroom. Iams has a 4.0 GPA, and Williams has a 3.9 GPA.

With the Irish approaching the 85-scholarship limit, Weis explained that this will be the last year multiple ones will be handed out.


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