James Laurinaitis becomes just the seventh Buckeye to serve as two-time captain of the Ohio State University football team. Former Buckeyes who also held the honor are Richard Ellis, 1891 and '92; Archie Griifin, 1974 and '75; Glen Cobb, '81 and '82; Pepper Johnson, '84 and '85; and Steve Bellisari and Joe Cooper, 2000 and '01.
Laurinaitis returned for his senior season though many believed he would leave early for the NFL. He returns as a two-time All-American, the winner of both the Nagurski and Butkus Awards, and is on every defensive awards watch list for the upcoming season.
Joining Laurinaitis are cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, quarterback Todd Boeckman, and receiver Brian Robiskie.
Those four players will represent a huge group of fourth and fifth year seniors who will also fill leadership roles.
"It's a blessing, first and foremost, to be able to represent these players and this team," Robiskie told the Columbus Dispatch. "There's a lot of seniors, a lot of guys who are considered leaders on this team, and even though we've designated four captains, that doesn't take away from all those other guys. They are going to continue to step up and be leaders, too."
The Buckeyes open the season against Youngtown State on August 30, then play host to Ohio University, before traveling to Los Angeles for what many consider to be the game of the season when Ohio State meets the USC Trojans.