- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
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Michigan announced Sunday evening that senior quarterback Denard Robinson and fifth-year senior safety Jordan Kovacs would be the 2012 Michigan football team captains. The captains were voted on by teammates.
"Denard and Jordan are two guys who represent what Michigan football stands for, on and off the field, and they certainly are deserving of being named team captains," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a press release. "They have played a lot of football here. I know they will do a great job of leading the seniors and Team 133."
Robinson has appeared in 38 games for the Wolverines, making 27 starts. He's the first quarterback captain for Michigan since John Navarre served in 2003. He has also already been named to the 2012 preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Trophy as well as the Manning, Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards.
Robinson has been very vocal during fall camp about how he has stepped up to become a better leader for the team this year and other players, including left tackle Taylor Lewan have taken notice.
"It is not a surprise anymore," Lewan said of Robinson's leadership abilities. "At first he was like, ‘I just want to play quarterback. I just want to play quarterback.’ Now that he’s playing quarterback, he understands the role he has to take on being a leader."
Kovacs is a former walk-on and the first safety captain since Corwin Brown was captain in 1992. The fifth-year senior has started 33 games for Michigan, played in 37, and registered 266 tackles. Kovacs has also been named to the 2012 preseason watch lists for both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison praised Kovacs on Friday for being the most consistent defensive player through fall camp, also noting that his consistency is starting to rub off on the other defensive backs as well.
"That young man has had a tremendous camp," Mattison said. "He just gets better and better and he's what it's all about."