Buckeyes name five captains

August, 19, 2012
8/19/12
7:22
PM ET
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A group of seniors with no postseason waiting for them has embraced the opportunity to come back to Ohio State and build a bridge into the future.

After a team vote, five of those Buckeyes will officially do so as captains.

The program named its designated leaders in a meeting and released them publicly Sunday night, with John Simon again earning the honor and being joined by fellow seniors Jordan Hall, Etienne Sabino, Zach Boren and Garrett Goebel.

"Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in a release. “We had a number of guys get votes. This is a really good group of seniors who I am very proud to have leading this team.”

Simon has already served in that official capacity before, and the defensive lineman will be just the seventh two-time captain in school history and the first since James Laurinaitis finished his career in 2008.

The new captains are expected to be available for interviews after practice on Monday, but each provided brief thoughts to an Ohio State spokesman after the votes were counted on Sunday.
  • Fullback Zach Boren: “It is a dream come true and a huge honor to be named a captain at The Ohio State University. I am appreciative and thankful, and I look forward to being a leader on this team this season.”
  • Defensive lineman Garrett Goebel: “I’m excited. It is an honor that your teammates think that highly of you to name you a captain. I’m going to put everything I have into this responsibility.”
  • Running back Jordan Hall: “This is a dream come true. I was hoping to be named a captain but I was also a little surprised when it happened. I can’t thank my teammates enough for selecting me for this honor.”
  • Linebacker Etienne Sabino: “I’m really excited. This is such an honor to get voted by your teammates to be their captain. I am just really honored to be named a captain.”
  • Defensive end John Simon: “Being named captain means a lot. I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys. We’ll have a really good season if we all lead well.”

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

New ESPN 300 Top 10 Revealed
National recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert count down the top 10 recruits in the latest ESPN 300 player rankings update. The complete ESPN 300 will be released April 16.Tags: Tim Settle, CeCe Jefferson, Torrance Gibson, Mitch Hyatt, Terry Beckner Jr., Byron Cowart, Josh Sweat, Kevin Toliver II, Martez Ivey, Trevon Thompson, ESPN 300, RecruitingNation, high school football recruiting, Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert
VIDEO PLAYLIST video