Hey Joe’s MSU camp diaries: Predicting football captains

The Spartans break camp today and vote for their 2015 captains, and that’s always an interesting look at how players perceive each other. It’s often at least a little bit surprising, too — such as when punter Aaron Bates was voted an MSU captain in 2010, or when Travis Jackson got the nod a year ago (joining obvious choices Shilique Calhoun and Kurtis Drummond). Jackson was clearly a well-liked guy, but it wasn’t until he was voted captain that it became clear to folks outside the locker room how important he was in that locker room.

It was also a bit surprising last year that Connor Cook wasn’t voted captain, coming off his Rose Bowl MVP performance as a sophomore. But as we found out in the wake of the vote, Cook wasn’t even on MSU’s “eagle council,” the 12-man leadership group from which captains are selected. He was on in the spring, he wasn’t on in the summer. It was fair to wonder if a quarterback not in consideration for captain was an issue. But the Spartans followed up 13-1 with 11-2, and that 24-3 record is a reflection of strong leadership to go with talent – perhaps most apparent in the way MSU cleaned up on three inferior teams after the crushing loss to Ohio State last season. – Read more Freep.com

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