MARQUETTE - Ishpeming High School graduate and Marquette resident Wyatt Jurasin has been elected one of the four captains on the Wildcats football team, the university announced this week.
Players made their choice for captains. Jurasin, a junior running back, will be joined by junior linebacker Levi Perry, senior defensive lineman Trever Kruzel and senior wide receiver Marcus Tucker. All are Michigan residents.
"All four are great ambassadors for our program and I am excited to see them lead this group of players this season," Wildcats third-year head coach Chris Ostrowsky said.
Jurasin, a criminal justice major, led the Wildcats in rushing last season, scoring five touchdowns and gaining 545 yards on 145 carries for a 3.8-yard average. He also caught 10 passes for 93 yards after appearing in all 10 games.
"I want to help these young guys be the best they can and lead this team to a national championship, which is our goal,"?Jurasin said.
"We have so much talent on our team this year and it is the most talent I have seen during my time at NMU."
Perry, making the move from defensive back to linebacker, is a native of Northville and a construction management major. He appeared in all 10 games last season and ranked third on the team with 62 tackles, including 32 solo. He also had an interception and fumble recovery against Findlay.
"I feel like whenever a large group of guys select you as one of four guys to lead them it is a crazy big honor," Perry said. "I feel like the team is coming together great."
Kruzel, a Boyne City native and entrepreneurship major, was fifth on the team last season with 47 tackles. Kruzel was second on the squad with four sacks and led the team with 75 tackles for loss. He also returned a fumble 8 yards for a touchdown in a win against Wayne State.
"It is great to be seen at the same level with the other players that are chosen to lead this team and to help them accomplish the goals we have set,"?Kruzel said. "We have a really talented group of guys with the new guys and returners."
Tucker was the Wildcats top receiver a year ago. He is a native of Flint and is majoring in criminal justice. He racked up 674 yards on 49 catches last season while scoring four touchdowns. He broke the 100-yard barrier against Ohio Dominican (127 yards) and Grand Valley State (111).
"I can see the vision in which the program is trying to go and we are really trying as a group of captains to entrench ourselves in that vision and are working towards leading our team to a championship and leading NMU to the place it should be," Tucker said.
NMU returns 18 starters from last season - nine on offense, eight on defense and one specialist - and opens its season at home in the Superior Dome against GLIAC rival Northwood at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.