August 31, 2010

Ollie Ogbu and Brett Brackett voted 2010 Penn State captains

At his first game week press conference today, Joe Paterno revealed Penn State's 2010 team captains, seniors Ollie Ogbu and Brett Brackett. They aren't exactly surprise picks, but it is interesting that just two players this year were given this honor, as opposed to the usual three, four, or even five (2008) captains we've seen in recent years.

Ollie Ogbu:
"I have looked up to so many great captains, like Sean Lee, Daryll Clark, Josh Gaines and Terrell Golden, so to be a captain myself, it feels really special," Ogbu said. "It is a big honor to be voted a captain by my teammates."
Ogbu's always had one of the best attitudes on the team. He's also been a significant contributor to the team on the field for his entire career. I like pick #1.
Ollie Ogbu Autograph
Ollie Ogbu, Senior Defensive Tackle, 2010 Penn State Captain.
As for pick number two, for a team with very few seniors to begin with, Brackett being named captain might raise a few eyebrows with fans and maybe we'll even see some "huh?" commentary in the media. But this team has very few active leaders, guys who've really taken the initiative in anything. I give you Brett:
Brackett is president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes Chapter and has been instrumental in the organization and success of the Penn State Lift for Life to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association the past two years. In 2008, the Nittany Lion football team event broke the record by raising more than $81,000 for Kidney Cancer Association, a figure which was shattered by the 2009 total of more than $98,000.
You don't have to be an All-American to be a captain. Joe Paterno wants guys in this position to have a good head about them, and guys who know how to motivate people to do great things. In my book, Brackett fits the mold.
Brett Brackett (2)
Brett Bracket, Senior Wide Receiver, 2010 Penn State Captain.
We'll have the full press conference transcript and notes later. So stay tuned.

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  1. The thing about being a Penn State captain is you have to be a leader on and OFF the field. You are there to answer to the media and you have to have a very level head on your shoulders. Brackett fits that role nicely. I think these two are great picks.

  2. Mike at BSD had a good point, though. That it would have been nice to have one offensive player who will actually be in the huddle for that final drive of a comeback win, or something like that. I guess if Brackett ends up playing more (now that Drake is out) it will be moot. I hope he can step up and be the leader the team must think he is.