Press Conference Comments: Coach Lloyd Carr | Captains
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Monday, Aug. 21) that a pair of Michiganders -- senior defensive end LaMarr Woodley (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw HS) and senior left tackle Jake Long (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS) -- have been elected captains by their teammates for the 127th season of Wolverine football. Woodley was selected as the defensive captain and Long will represent the offensive side of the ball.
Woodley has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award this season. He is the team's active career leader in tackles for loss (36) and sacks (12). He is nine stops shy of 150 for his career, having recorded 141 tackles to go along with five pass breakups and one fumble recovery. Woodley has started 20 career games and played in 36 contests. He was a 2005 honorable mention All-Big Ten selection after collecting 48 tackles and leading the team with 16 TFLs and seven sacks. Woodley set a career high with 70 stops in 2004, earning All-Big Ten second team accolades.
A fourth-year senior with a fifth year of eligibility remaining, Long moves to left tackle in 2006 after playing right tackle during his first two seasons. He has been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy this season. Long returned from an injury last fall to play in the final five games of the season and start the final four contests. A 2004 Freshman All-America and All-Big Ten second team selection, Long played in 12 games and started the final 10 contests of the season. He has started 14 games at offensive tackle and appeared in 17 contests during his career.
The captains lead the Wolverines into a 12-game schedule that kicks off with a home game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Michigan Stadium (noon EDT on ESPN).
This is the first time since 1997 that both captains have hailed from the state of Michigan. Offensive tackle Jon Jansen (Clawson) and linebacker Eric Mayes (Kalamazoo) anchored the Wolverines' 1997 Big Ten and national championship team.
Long and Woodley are the first lineman duo to earn selection as co-captains since Jansen and defensive lineman Juaquin Feazell in 1998.
Long joins David Baas (2004), Steve Hutchinson (1999-2000), Jon Jansen (1997-98), Rod Payne (1995) and Joe Marinaro (1995) as offensive linemen elected captain during Lloyd Carr's coaching tenure.
Woodley is the sixth defensive lineman selected captain during Carr's tenure, joining Pat Massey (2005), Grant Bowman (2003), Eric Wilson (2000), Rob Renes (1999) and Juaquin Feazell (1998).
Head coach Bo Schembechler introduced co-captains at Michigan in 1970.
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