Northwestern has its senior leaders.
Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats announced their five captains for the 2014 season on Friday night. Quarterback Trevor Siemian, safety Ibraheim Campbell, linebacker Collin Ellis, offensive tackle Paul Jorgensen and center Brandon Vitabile are the five for Northwestern.
All five captains are fifth-year seniors and have a total of 103 starts for the Cats between the five of them. Teammates elected the captains.
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Siemian has served as an outspoken leader throughout the offseason after the departure of former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter. Siemian voice the opinions of the majority of his teammates during the unionization attempt, and he earned rave reviews from coaches and teammates for his leadership capabilities this preseason. With Colter gone, Siemian will be the team's lone quarterback this season for the first time in two years, and with the shocking transfer of Venric Mark, Siemian's passing ability could become a bigger focal point of the offense.
Campbell and Ellis are fixtures of a veteran-laden Northwestern defense that figures to be a strength in 2014. Vitabile and Jorgensen are veteran members of an offensive line that will be leaned on to provide ample support for Siemian and the running game.
Northwestern opens its season Aug. 30 against California.