Ohio State Football: Will Team Captains Provide Leadership for Young Bucks?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 5:  John Simon #54 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a third down stop against the Indiana Hoosiers in the first half at Ohio Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has named five team captains, which were voted in by the team, and they are going to provide excellent leadership for this young team in 2012.

According to ESPN.com's Austin Ward:

The program named its designated leaders in a meeting and released them publicly Sunday night, with John Simon again earning the honor and being joined by fellow seniors Jordan Hall, Etienne Sabino, Zach Boren and Garrett Goebel. 

Team captains are not just a novelty in the NCAA. They are not something that the players or coaches take lightly, and as far as I'm concerned, these five men were cut from the right cloth to make this transitionary season a successful one for Ohio State and for Meyer. 

Let's take a look at what each of these leaders brings to the table for the Buckeyes in 2012. 


John Simon, Defensive End

Simon is only the seventh two-time team captain in Buckeyes history, according to the News-Herald, and he understands the importance of his position:

Being named captain means a lot. I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive, and I'll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys. We'll have a really good season if we all lead well.

Simon is a highly productive player on the defensive line, and he knows how to lead by example as well as with his words. Last year, he tallied 53 tackles and seven sacks, and his role is sure to become even greater in this, his last season.


Zach Boren, Fullback

I'm impressed by this selection. Meyer is known for his spread offense, and you might expect to see a quarterback or wide receiver to be chosen as a captain. Instead, we find that a fullback will be leading the way on the field in more ways than one. 

He has slimmed down significantly this season and lost about 25 pounds from his playing weight last year, according to ESPN.com's Ward. He is expected to take on much more of a featured role this year on offense, though Meyer has been purposefully vague as to how he'll be utilized. 

My take is that Boren's new role will energize both him and his teammates, and he'll do well this season as a leader and as a player.


Garrett Goebel, Defensive Lineman

Goebel is a fifth-year senior who is a real meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. He isn't flashy, but he always gets the job done right. 

Last year was the first year that Goebel really stepped up to contribute in a major way, and his role will continue to increase in his final season. He's going to be one of the anchors on what will be a dominant front four, and I expect him and Simon to be the catalysts for the defense. 


Jordan Hall, Running Back

Hall isn't expected to be able to play with his teammates until the third game of the season after stepping on some glass in June, but when he returns, he's going to be the main man on offense (h/t AP). 

He's a prototypical running back for Meyer's offense, and as long as he's healthy he is going to blow up. 


Etienne Sabino, Linebacker

If Simon is the cornerstone for the defensive line, then Sabino will need to be the glue that will keep the front seven together. He'll be leading a linebacking corps that features two starting sophomores—Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant. 

Sabino hasn't been a star on the field so far during his time at Ohio State, but he is ready to take the next step in 2012. 


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