Gesser, Trufant, Nettles Will Captain Cougs In 2002

June 13, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser, cornerback Marcus Trufant, and wide receiver Curtis Nettles have been selected by their teammates to serve as captains of the 2002 Cougar football team.

Gesser, who threw for 3,010 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, becomes the first three-time team captain in the 108-year history of Cougar football.

'This is a real big honor. I would have never thought coming to Washington State that I would be named team captain as a sophomore and junior,' Gesser said. 'That was really unexpected.'

Trufant broke his hand prior to the Sept. 29 Arizona contest last season, but made a triumphant return against UCLA, picking off a pass and returning it 26 yards and recording two tackles for loss while playing with a cast on his arm. The Tacoma, Wash., native has eight career interceptions, good for tenth on the WSU all-time list.

Nettles is best-known for his work on special teams. The 5-7, 165 pound speed merchant is a valuable weapon on Washington State's kicking and return units. The Culver City, Calif., product earned the Assassin and Ironman awards at the 2001 football awards banquet. He has also hauled in 15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown during his three-year career.

Washington State opens the season Aug. 31 in Seattle against Western Athletic Conference member Nevada.

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