Michigan Announces Four Players as 2018 Team Captains

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Michigan Announces Four Players as 2018 Team Captains

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Michigan Announces Four Players as 2018 Team Captains

A year ago, Michigan had two team captains, both seniors going into their final season with the maize and blue. Four-year starter Mason Cole and son of former Ohio State captain Mike McCray represented the Wolverines admirably with their play on the field, production-wise and in their sportsmanship, and were leaders to their teammates off the field.

Well, this season, the Wolverines couldn’t pick just two.

Just like last year, on the Saturday before the season opener, the team voted on team captains, but unlike a year ago, there are four Wolverines leading the team — and only two of them are heading into their fourth and final seasons with the team.

Per the official Michigan football Twitter, junior left guard Ben Bredeson, senior running back Karan Higdon, senior safety Tyree Kinnel and junior linebacker Devin Bush Jr. will represent the team as captains in 2018.

Bredeson has started for the bulk of his two seasons with the team, having come in as a starter halfway through his freshman campaign after some line shuffling occurred following Grant Newsome’s Week Five injury. At that time, Ben Braden shifted outside, and Bredeson finished the final seven games of the season as the starting left guard — and he hasn’t relinquished the position since.

Now, Bredeson, regardless of the captainship, has been considered the leader on the offensive line, with his various teammates saying that they look to him to help guide them as the savvy veteran.

Fourth-year offensive tackle Jon Runyan Jr. said this of Bredeson earlier during fall camp:

“They’re like the leaders of the group. I feel like Ben is the leader […] Ben Bredeson keeps them all together. I feel like he’s doing a great job leading that offensive line group and keep doing what he’s doing.”

Higdon slowly gained more traction as far as on-field production as his tenure has continued. At the start of the 2017 season, he was considered something of an afterthought, with Chris Evans and Ty Isaac getting the first nods as the starting tailbacks. However, Higdon came on strong down the stretch, and led the Wolverines with 994 yards rushing in 2017.

Kinnel grew up a Wolverines fan despite being from Wayne (OH) near Dayton. He, along with defensive end Chase Winovich, are now the elder statesmen on the Michigan defense, and Kinnel was considered the leader in the secondary once he won the starting job a year ago.

He told WolverinesWire at Big Ten Media Days what a dream it would be for him to win team captainship.

“It would feel great,” Kinnel said. “To get that vote is from the teammates, so obviously you’re doing something well in the locker room. Just historically – it’s an honor to be a captain at the University of Michigan. Especially this being like my dream school. If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, I’m still going to play that role of being a leader as a senior. When it comes down to it, and it’s announced, I’ll be happy either way.”

And finally, Devin Bush Jr. came to the Wolverines from the talent-rich state of Florida, where he starred playing linebacker on his state championship high school team, coached by his father, Devin Bush Sr., a former great for the Florida State Seminoles. Both Bushes headed north after Jr. committed to Michigan, and the younger led the team with tackles his sophomore season, just his first year as a starter.

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