Reno, Nev. – Four Wolf Pack standouts were selected by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2010 season, head coach Chris Ault announced Friday.
On the offensive side of the ball, senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick and senior tight end Virgil Green were selected as captains. From the defense, senior defensive end Ryan Coulson and junior linebacker James-Michael Johnson were the selections. Voting was done by the players.
“I believe all four were excellent choices and I think the team did a nice job selecting this group of captains,” head coach Chris Ault said.
This is the first year as a captain for all four players.
Kaepernick is in his fourth season as a starter and has been named to six Watch Lists for various annual college football awards.
“I think the biggest thing for me is that it means my teammates respect me, respect how hard I work and how hard I play the game,” Kaepernick said. “It means that they know they can turn to me when we need to make a play or make something happen.”
Green is a third-year starter who earned second-team All-WAC honors last year and is on the Watch List this year for the Mackay Award,
“It is great honor to have your teammates vote for you,” Green said. “I’m happy that the team looks at me as a leader this year and hopefully I can help guide us to a WAC Championship and a bowl victory.”
Ryan Coulson started eight games for Nevada last year and stood out through fall camp this year. In his career, Coulson has record 43 tackles, including 6.0 for a loss. He has 3.0 sacks in his career, including 2.5 last season while splitting time with Kevin Basped.
Johnson joins the ranks of an elite group in Nevada history, being voted as a captain in his junior season. He was a second-team All-WAC selection last season and is moving from the outside to the middle linebacker spot this year.