Quartet Named Captains of 2008 Football Team
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez announced Thursday (Nov. 20) following practice the four players elected as the permanent captains for the 129th team in school history. Tight end Mike Massey(Brecksville, Ohio/St. Ignatius HS) and defensive linemen Tim Jamison(Riverdale, Ill./Harvey Thornton HS), Will Johnson(Oakland, Mich./Lake Orion HS) and Terrance Taylor(Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon HS) were voted by their teammates as the leaders.

"These four men have provided tremendous leadership and represented our program at the highest level throughout the season," said Rodriguez. "Their peers have elected them captain, the highest honor that a Michigan football player can receive. Mike, Tim, Will and Terrance are great ambassadors for this program and will be great alumni."

The lone senior on offense, Massey has played in nine contests this season and started two games at tight end. He has 20 receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns in 36 career games.

The three senior linemen have anchored the defense as starters in all 11 games this season. Jamison leads the trio with 42 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Taylor recorded 30 stops, four TFLs, 1.5 sacks and shares the team lead with two fumble recoveries. Johnson has contributed 26 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Massey, Jamison and Johnson will graduate with their degrees in December.

All four captains will represent the program at midfield for the coin toss of the 105th playing of college football's greatest rivalry, the Michigan-Ohio State game, Saturday (Nov. 22) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be broadcast by ESPN on ABC starting at noon EST. The contest can also be seen online at ESPN360.com.


Massey joins his brother, Pat, as a Michigan football team captain. Pat was captain of the Wolverines' 2005 team.

The Massey brothers join the Mallory's as the only brother tandems to serve as captains. Mike Mallory was captain in 1984 and '85 and Doug Mallory was elected in 1987.

This is the first time in school history that three defensive linemen have been elected captain.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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