Michigan announces seven team captains ahead of season-opener at Minnesota
During an interview with former Wolverine Jon Jansen on the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show on Monday night, head coach Jim Harbaugh listed Michigan’s seven captains for the 2020 season.
Per Harbaugh, there will be a program-record seven captains this fall, six of whom are seniors and one junior.
The seniors are, in alphabetical order, tight end Nick Eubanks, defensive tackle Carlo Kemp, fullback Ben Mason, defensive end Kwity Paye, linebacker Josh Ross and center Andrew Vastardis.
Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson will be the lone non-senior captain. Kemp, who also served in this role in 2019, is the only multi-time captain.
Paye, who posted 50 tackles (12.5 for loss) and 6.5 sacks a year ago, earned second-team All-Big Ten (B1G) honors from the Associated Press and a third-team nod from the league’s coaches, while Hutchinson, who tallied 69 tackles (10 for loss) and 3.5 sacks, picked up third-team recognition from the media.
Kemp received a third-team tab from the coaches, after registering 40 tackles (4.5 for loss) and two sacks.
Posting a 9-4 (6-3 B1G) record last fall, the Wolverines will open their season against P.J. Fleck’s Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2, 7-2 B1G in 2019) at TCF Bank Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on ABC.