Football Captains Named For 2001 Season

Sept. 2, 2001

SEATTLE - By a vote of their teammates, seniors Kyle Benn, Willie Hurst and Larry Tripplett havebeen named captains of the Washington football team for the 2001 season, head coach RickNeuheisel announced today.

Tripplett, a defensive tackle from Los Angeles (Westchester High), was selected as captainfor the second straight season. The preseason first-team All-American is only the seventhman in school history to serve as captain in two seasons, joining, among others, MarquesTuiasosopo (captain for 1999 and 2000) and Lester Towns (1998-99) most recently.

Benn, from Seattle's O'Dea High School, is the Huskies' starting center, a role he hasfilled for the last two seasons. Benn is the only player on the UW offensive line this seasonthat has ever started a college game.

Hurst, from Compton, Calif. (Dominquez High), is slated to start at tailback. The 5-foot-10 speedster emerged from fourth on the depth chart last season to finish as the Huskies'second-leading rusher with 402 yards and six touchdowns. He was the Huskies' toprusher in wins over Stanford and Arizona and scored two touchdowns in both of thosegames.

All three captains enter the year having won three varsity letters.

Each week, the Husky coaches will name a fourth captain for that week's game.

The Huskies, ranked No. 15 in the most recent Associated Press poll, open the season thisSat., Sept. 8 against No. 12 Michigan at Husky Stadium.

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