RENO – Four seniors were selected on Friday to serve as the captains for the Nevada football team during the 2012 season, head coach Chris Ault announced Friday night at The Blitz dinner at the Eldorado Hotel-Casino.
From the offense, tackle Jeff Nady and tight end Zach Sudfeld were chosen. Linebackers DeAndre Boughton and Albert Rosette were selected from the defense. The captains’ selections came from a vote of the players.
“I think the players did a great job with their selections this year,” head coach Chris Ault said. “What really impressed me was that they selected four guys who lead by the way that they play.”
Sudfeld is a senior tight end who is returning for his sixth season of eligibility after missing nearly all of 2011 with a lower leg injury suffered in the season opener.
“This being my sixth year, I’ve seen five years’ worth of captains before me and knowing some of those guys and who they were, on and off the field, I am just so incredibly honored to be selected,” Sudfeld said.
Rosette started last season at defensive end and moved back home to the middle linebacker position this year.
“It’s a great honor because we’ve had some great captains here in the past – guys that I looked up to,” Rosette said. “To be viewed by my teammates as someone that they up to means more than I can say.”
Boughton, an outside linebacker, is another Wolf Pack player coming off an injury as he missed all of 2011 due to a leg injury suffered in the weight room in the summer before the season. This year, Boughton was praised for his leadership in the voluntary summer workout program.
“I was surprised when Coach announced it and it means a lot to me,” Boughton said. “It’s an honor to know that my teammates are looking at me as a guy that they depend on.”
Nady, a tackle from Minden, Nev., is a three-year starter who has developed into one of the best tackles in the Mountain West.
“This means everything to me,” Nady said. “To be voted a captain in this program means that it’s coming from your peers. To know that the work I’ve put in has earned my teammates’ respect truly means the world to me.”
Nevada will open the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at Cal. The Wolf Pack’s home opener is Sept. 8 against South Florida. Tickets are available by calling 775-348-PACK or at NevadaWolfPack.com