Captaining the Husky ship

Negaunee’s Bell, L’Anse’s Goldsworthy named Tech's leaders

Michigan Tech’s Cody Goldsworthy prepares to fire off the ball from his defensive end position against Northern Michigan University at Sherman Field on Sept. 26, 2015. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by David Archambeau)

HOUGHTON — Two football players from Marquette and Baraga counties have been named captains for the Michigan Tech University football team this fall.

Offensive lineman Jeremy Bell of Negaunee and defensive lineman Cody Goldsworthy of L’Anse will be among the Huskies’ four captains, all of them seniors. The other two are defensive back Graham Hubbell of downstate Plainwell and wide receiver Jacob Wenzlick of downstate Sanford.

Bell, 6-foot-4 and 301 pounds, was selected the team’s Offensive Lineman of the Year last season. He played in all 11 of the Huskies’ games and will anchor the offensive line this season.

Last season, the Huskies totaled 1,503 yards rushing — 136.6 yards per game — and produced 15 rushing touchdowns. Bell and his teammates on the offensive line ranked fourth in the GLIAC in fewest tackles for loss per game, 5.18.

Bell was also a Second Team All-GLIAC honoree for his work on the field and was selected to the GLIAC All-Academic Team for his efforts in the classroom.

Goldsworthy, 6-3 and 253 pounds, was Tech’s Defensive Lineman of the Year while joining Bell as a Second Team All-GLIAC honoree in 2017. And also like Bell, he earned GLIAC All-Academic honors for his work in the classroom.

Goldsworthy averaged 4.2 tackles per game and led the Huskies with three quarterback sacks and was second in tackles for a loss with 9.5 a year ago. His tackles for a loss resulted in 48 yards lost for opposing offenses and his three sacks netted losses of 27 yards.

He also recovered a fumble that set up a TD in MTU’s win over Davenport. His 46 total tackles were a season career high as well as the 9.5 tackles for loss.

Hubbell, at 6-feet and 209 pounds, had a breakout season for in 2017 on his way to being named the Huskies’ Defensive Back of the Year. He tallied 68 total tackles, including 50 solo stops and was named to GLIAC All-Academic Team.

Wenzlick, 5-9 and 183 pounds, was awarded MTU’s Daniel Dopp Memorial Outstanding Special Teams Player and Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. He also also a Second Team All-GLIAC and GLIAC All-Academic honoree.

Wenzlick led the Huskies with 41 receptions and 444 yards, averaging 10.8 yards per catch with a pair of touchdowns. He hauled in a 75-yard TD catch in Tech’s win over Northern Michigan University in the annual Miners Cup game. In the return game, Wenzlick brought back 17 kickoffs for 526 yards, including a 93-yard TD.

With head coach Steve Olson and offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Dan Mettlach of Gwinn, the Huskies kick off the season on the road at Truman State in Kirksville, Missouri, at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Tech’s home opener is just over a week later against Hillsdale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Sherman Field, which has been renovated for the MTU’s five home games this season.

Tech’s battle against NMU will be held at the Superior Dome in Marquette at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.