On Tuesday, head coach Urban Meyer named game captains for the 2013 season– all eight of them. A rather large number and the late announcement of this group drew interest to a currently ranked No. 2 Ohio State.
The group includes two juniors, Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier; two seniors, Corey Brown and Christian Bryant; and four fifth-year seniors, Corey Linsley, Kenny Guiton, C.J. Barnett, and Jack Mewhort. Both the offense and defense are represented; Starters are accounted for as well as a backup. It’s a pretty diverse group, but they all have one thing in common: the team voted for them.
Meyer pointed out that there were other standout players, but this is whom the team selected. These are the players chosen by their own teammates to push the team towards another undefeated season or possibly to a BCS national championship. It will take the joint effort of eight captains—two of them being only juniors—to carry the team and the expectations through the season.
Butch Woolfolk’s expectations for the Buckeyes are about as high as they come for a college football program; he told Sporting News, “The only school in the NCAA that can match Alabama…is Ohio State.”
This group of eight replaces last year’s group of five seniors, who led the team to a 12-0 season. Fifth-year senior running back Jordan Hall was part of the five last year but wasn’t selected this year.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Meyer intends to name season captains at the end of the season.