SHORT REPORT: Captain Review

There's no surprise that Daryll Clark and Sean Lee are PSU's 2009 captains. Both are seniors, both are leaders and both have made impressive impacts on the program. However, fans are still asking captain-related questions. Here are some answers.

Recently, we've received several questions related to Penn State's captain situation. None of those questions have been about Sean Lee or Daryll Clark, PSU's two captains for the 2009. Rather, the questions are about other aspects of the leadership situation with the squad.

Why are there only two captains this year?

"It depends on what the team needs," one observer said. "Some years you need a team of guys keeping the players focused on task. There was basically no doubt Sean and Daryll were getting the [captain] titles. The reason you only really need the two of them is because they are both so highly respected [by the players] and they can just give a look and most guys will get it together, whether it's on the field or in the locker room."

How were the captains selected?

Like in most years the team votes. As one observer explained, "It was a landslide. I think it says a ton that you have only two guys but there is no doubt that they can handle the job. It's a big plus for this team."

In the past, observers have joked that the players vote for the captains, "but coaches count the votes." The implication is that sometimes the coaching staff will make sure specific players end up as captains. But that was not the case this year, according to our observers.

Are there other guys stepping up as leaders?

Yes. Observers have mentioned multiple players on both sides of the ball.

For the offense the non-captained players who get mentioned regularly are Evan Royster, Brett Brackett, Dennis Landolt, Stefen Wisniewski and Johnnie Troutman. March Nittany Notes - Offensive Leadership Report

The defense has leadership from Jared Odrick, Drew Astorino, Jerome Hayes and Michael Mauti. Gerald Hodges has also been praised for his "pushing of his teammates, which is rare as a true freshman." Clark also recently pointed to A.J. Wallace and Knowledge Timmons as two secondary players who may be emerging. March Nittany Notes - Defensive Leadership Report

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