Syracuse University football announces team captains

Orange Nation

Courtesy: Syracuse University Athletics

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Senior defensive end Kendall Coleman, redshirt senior punter Sterling Hofrichter ,senior running back Moe Neal and redshirt junior center Airon Servais have been elected team captains for the 2019 season, Syracuse head football coach Dino Babers announced Friday. The quartet was elected in a recent team vote.

“It’s a great honor be voted captain by your peers,” Babers said. “These four young men have distinguished themselves as the leaders of this football team by how they represent our program both on and off the field. I’m proud of both the players and people they’ve become during their time at Syracuse University.”

For Hofrichter, it’s the third year in a row he has been voted captain. He joins Robert Adams (1894-96) and Zaire Franklin 2015-17) as the only three-time captains in program history. Coleman, Neal and Servais are serving in the role for the first time.

Prior to the vote, captains rotated on a weekly basis for the first six games.

A preseason All-ACC selection by multiple media outlets and member of the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s best defensive end, Coleman leads all Orange down linemen with 24 tackles. He has 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. In 38 career games (37 starts), Coleman has amassed 113 tackles, 19.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 14 sacks.

Hofrichter is currently on pace to set the Syracuse single-season record for gross punting average. His mark of 46 yards per punt on 37 attempts ranks 12th nationally and would eclipse Sean Reali’s 1996 team record of 44.5. Additionally, Hofrichter is tied for the FBS lead for the most punts of 50+ yards (15) and he’s fourth in the country with 18 punts downed inside the 20. Hofrichter also handles kickoff duties for the Orange and booted a career-long, 52-yard field goal on Sept. 28 versus Holy Cross. He’s been named the ACC’s Specialist of the Week twice in 2019.

Neal recently became the 23rd player in Orange history with 2,000 career rushing yards. In 43 games, Neal has run for 2,062 yards on 395 carries (5.2 avg.) and scored 11 touchdowns. He also ranks sixth on the school career record list for most receiving yards by a running back (511). Neal leads the Orange in rushing this season with 348 yards and three touchdowns. As a receiver, he’s third on the team in both catches (20) and yards (207).

A two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, Servais has started 31 consecutive games over the last three seasons, including 30 at center. He’s second on the Orange this season with 22 knockdown blocks. 

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