The season is upon us, fall camp camp to a close on Saturday, and the voting for team captains by the Utah football players was completed. To be voted as a team captain by about 100 of your teams is an incredible honor, and something that anybody should be proud of.
Here are this year’s captains:
Your 2016 Utah Football Captains are...— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) August 21, 2016
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Not a lot of surprises with the names of Hunter Dimick and JJ Dielman, but there were some very pleasant surprises. Starting with Domo Hatfield being named a captain. Just a year ago, Domo was looking at some pretty scary legal issues, and wasn’t even on the team. Now, he’s a captain, which shows that he’s matured greatly, and that his team has fully embraced him, as well as they are willing to follow him.
Another name that jumped out was Jason Thompson. The former Wyoming transfer, and now safety has been nothing but the perfect example of a teammate. He plays his head off on special teams, and should see some more action this year backing up Marcus Williams and Chase Hansen.
The last name, which no doubt Utah fans are very excited about, is Troy Williams. The JC transfer, and former Washington Husky, has only been a member of the team since Janurary and has already proven himself worthy of being named a captain. This brings a little more significance with him being the presumed starting QB. The last QB to be named captain was Travis Wilson after his sophomore season, but his personality was pretty reserved, thus possibly holding him back from being renamed a captain in the following seasons. Of course, injury issues also were a factor as well. Jordan Wynn was named a captain, as was Brian Johnson before him.
Williams has been reported to have a much more commanding personality to his teammates, as Coach Whitt said he took ownership of the wide outs and QB room the moment he stepped on campus. While we all loved Wilson’s heart, having someone that will get into his guys, and rally the troops is what has been lacking the last couple of seasons on offense, and Williams may be the guy to do just that.
What are your thoughts on the captains? Were you surprised someone like Andy Phillips wasn’t renamed a captain?