Team Captains Announced
June 2, 2004
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University senior student-athletes Derek Anderson, Jonathan Pollard and Bill Swancutt have been selected team captains for the 2004 football team, head coach Mike Riley announced Wednesday. The trio has each earned three letters in the program.
Anderson, a graduate of Scappoose High School, has started the last two years at quarterback. The 6-foot-6 Anderson enters the season third at OSU for career passing yards with 7,634 and third for career touchdowns with 50, and is on track to end his collegiate career as the record holder in both categories. He has started 26 consecutive games and has thrown at least one touchdown in 18 consecutive contests. Anderson, who already ranks among the top 20 all-time passing yardage leaders in the history of the Pacific-10 Conference, threw for the second-best mark in league history last season with 4,058 yards.
Pollard is considered the next of OSU's recent standout linebackers. The 6-1 native of Las Vegas enters the season with 81 tackles and has played in 35 of the last 36 games. He made 12 starts last season, missing only the regular season finale against USC due to an injury. He had three games in 2003 where he made eight tackles.
Swancutt was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 team last season after helping the defensive unit post the seventh best mark in the nation allowing 288.7 yards per game. The Salem, Ore., native has already shattered the school record for quarterback sacks with 25.5. Swancutt has made 26 consecutive starts, the most of any Beaver on defense. He has also been a standout in the classroom, earning first team Pac-10 All-Academic this year and second team as a sophomore.
Oregon State will open the season Sept. 4 at defending co-national champion Louisiana State in a nationally televised game.