Captains: How many? Who do you want?

Submitted by maizenbluedevil on August 23rd, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Coach Hoke announced at his presser today that the voting for team captains would take place this Sunday.

On that, a couple things...

- Anyone know how many we'll have?

- Who do you want to see as captains?


I'm guessing there'll probably be 4.  That sounds about right for football, I think.  I'd like to see:

- Martin and Molk - both senior leaders and anchors of the DL and OL.  Both show up to play with intensity.  

- Denard - The obvious leader of the offense...  By all accounts really worked hard in the off-season getting everyone together for 7-on-7's.

- Kovacs - The guy's work ethic, determination, and persistence, to go from being a walk-on to a multi-year starter is exemplary.  

If there's a fifth, I'd want it to be Woolfolk, for battling back from that injury and putting in the work to bounce back strong.


Mr Mackey

August 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 PM ^

Upvoting yourself is lame.

But I agree on Martin, Molk, and Denard. I'm not really sure who the leaders are on the defense, but I would think Woolfolk would be a good candidate. Or maybe Demens?

Incredible Hoke

August 23rd, 2011 at 11:25 PM ^

Meh, although Demens is good, he only started like what, half the games last year? (I can't remember, no snark intended) Woolkfolk battled back from a horrendous injury and by all accounts in in tremendous shape and is doing really well. We need a captain from the secondary IMO, be it Kovacs or Woolfolk. 

Incredible Hoke

August 23rd, 2011 at 11:22 PM ^

Molk-Senior O-Line leader, quite vocal.

Denard-Leader of whole offense, leads by example.

Woolfolk-Great work ethic, vocal, energetic, has a cool dog

Martin-Anchor of the D-LIne, senior. 


August 24th, 2011 at 8:48 AM ^

As a family friend of Mike Martin, I personally know that Mike wants to be a defensive captain BADLY. He's been talking about it since at least the end of last season.

But he thinks his biggest competition is RVB. I think it comes down to those two guys and one may the get the nod over the other if there's only one from the defense.


August 23rd, 2011 at 11:30 PM ^

Always a hot preseason topic, seldom one that anybody ever thinks about after kickoff.

I stopped caring about this when I realized you could put together a pretty extensive list of Michigan players who were never named captain and provided great leadership (Braylon Edwards is the first one I think of) against a list of super "meh" captains whose presence was never really felt (Eric Brackins, Carl Diggs, Pat Massey, etc.)



August 23rd, 2011 at 11:35 PM ^

How do you those guys didn't have a presence in the locker room?  How else could they be voted captains by their peers?

You don't have to rack up great stats to be a great leader.  Eric Mayes was an awesome captain and he wasn't even healthy most of that season.


August 24th, 2011 at 12:13 AM ^

I am talking strictly from a FANS' perspective. If captains are providing leadership that we can't ever see, I'm not sure why we would really care who gets the title unless you're a big believer in heads/tails-calling skillz or how on-key you can hit the Victors in the locker room.

Eric Mayes was a big-time character and made his presence known from the sideline. It's easy to see why he was respected. The guys I named (as well as Shawn Thompson, Grant Bowman, Mark Ortmann, others) just seemed like ... guys.

EDIT: David Harris. Also not a captain. Kind of a good leader out there.




August 23rd, 2011 at 11:31 PM ^

There should be one on each side of the ball.  More than that is watering down its meaning.  And it should be a pair of seniors.  Denard can get it next year.

Offense: Molk

Defense: Flip a coin between Martin and Woolfolk.


August 23rd, 2011 at 11:34 PM ^

A lot of people would also suggest a captain for the "3rd side" of the ball, the special teams. It is a good way to get effort on STs, by acknowledging their significance to the game as a whole. At least, a lot of the NFL programs use the three captain system. Not sure who we'd use as our captain from the STs, just pointing it out . . . . . 


August 23rd, 2011 at 11:48 PM ^

I agree that Denard can be captain next year. The honor should really go to seniors. I also like the idea of one per side, but I don't think it's always applicable. I think you just go with the seniors that show great leadership. Molk, Martin, and TWoolf would get my vote.


August 24th, 2011 at 12:27 AM ^

Two  prime examples:

1)  Q Who?:  Guinan advised Picard and the ship how best to deal with the Borg.  Upon seeing the first Cube on her monitor, Guinan warned Picard to be careful, or the Borg would destroy them.  Guinan's race had already been all but exterminated by the Borg and she had first-hand experience with them.

Whoopi also helped advise the Captain, and Riker, in The Best of Both Worlds, parts I and II, when the Borg were attacking Earth directly.

2)  Yesterday's Enterprise:  Only Guinan was aware of the space-time continuum shift and advised Picard to send the Enterprise-C back through the temporal rift, restoring the normal flow of events.  In the alternate timeline, humanity was losing a 20-year-long war with the Klingon Empire and one more ship would not have made a difference in the balance.

In conclusion, Guinan would be an excellent special teams captain.



August 24th, 2011 at 1:23 AM ^

Head Coach: Picard

Offensive Coordinator/QBs: Kirk

Defensive Coordinator: Janeway

Defensive Line: Spock

Linebackers: Worf

Secondary: Kira

Offensive Line: Riker

Recievers: Chakotay

Running Backs: Archer

Special Teams/TEs: Seven of Nine

EDIT: Yes, I am a nerd.


August 24th, 2011 at 9:36 AM ^

How about John McColgan? I know he isn't the most talented or most talked-about player, but he seems like a stand-up kid and seems to be well-respected.

I think Denard is an obvious choice, both from his on-field performance, but also because he has garnered the respect of his teammates. I think almost every single person (players and coaches) that has been asked about Denard in an interview has spoken to his leadership, hard work, and dedication to the team. On-field performace aside, that right there is enough to be captain IMO.

Mark Martin also seems like a pretty obvious choice. Again, on-field performance aside, he's a guy a lot of people talk about as a vocal leader and a hard worker. It seems that he has earned the respect of his teammates and I would be surprised if he is not voted as a captain.

I think Worlfalk could be another choice. Kovacs is also someone you hear mentioned a lot as a hard worker and he seems to be emerging as a leader.

My main point in all of this is that the captain isn't necessarily going to be someone who is the best player, which makes it hard for us to really guess. Unless we hear stuff from interviews, we don't really see who takes the initiative in the locker room and on the field, and it's those things that the players recognize and respect.