Dantonio Talks About Captain Selections

Dantonio Talks About Captain Selections

"It's a great honor for Blair White, Ross Weaver, Greg Jones and Kirk Cousins to be elected team captains by their peers." --Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio

Senior cornerback Ross Weaver, senior wide receiver Blair White, junior linebacker Greg Jones and sophomore quarterback Kirk Cousins have been elected to serve as captains for the 2009 season. Following a nomination process, members of the team and coaching staff submitted final ballots on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Kirk Cousins is only the second sophomore in Michigan State's 112-year football history to be named captain. Robert McCurry is the only other sophomore to be named captain, in 1946. McCurry is Michigan State's only three-time captain (1946-47-48).

"It's a great honor for Blair White, Ross Weaver, Greg Jones and Kirk Cousins to be elected team captains by their peers. Those four guys obviously stood out to their teammates in the leadership roles that they have assumed over the last eight months – through winter conditioning, spring practice, the Bottom Line (summer conditioning) program and throughout preseason camp. Now, their jobs as team leaders truly begin," said Dantonio.

"It's also important to note that all of the upperclassmen have leadership responsibilities on this team, but especially the senior class. The seniors must not only take ownership of this team, but they must be willing to embrace the leadership opportunities presented this season and exert themselves in those areas."

Michigan State kicks off their season next Saturday against Montana State.

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