Honorary Game Captains Set for ECU

West Virginia University Football Coach Rich Rodriguez has announced the beginning of a new tradition for home football games that will commence this weekend at the East Carolina game.

WVU will now have honorary game captains who will lead the team onto the field during each home game. The East Carolina honorary captains are Rich Braham, Jerry Holmes and Undra Johnson.

Braham, a former walk-on turned All-America offensive lineman, made 37 starts at left tackle for WVU from 1990-93. A Morgantown native, Braham went on to play 13 seasons with NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. He is being inducted into WVU's 17th Hall of Fame class this weekend.

Johnson, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, was a running back for the Mountaineers from 1985-88 and helped the Mountaineers to its then, first-ever undefeated regular season in school history in 1988. He rushed for 2,211 yards with 21 touchdowns during his career. He posted career-highs of 206 yards on 36 carries in WVU's 23-10 victory over Temple in 1986.

Holmes, a Newport News, Va., native, was a standout defensive back for two seasons on WVU's 1978 and 1979 football teams. He totaled 175 tackles and captained the Mountaineers his senior season. A member of WVU's all-1970s team, Holmes played 13 seasons in the NFL and USFL and is currently the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Hampton. He is being inducted into WVU's 17th Hall of Fame class this weekend.

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