2022 Team Captains
STANFORD, Calif. – The 2022 Stanford Football captains were announced by Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw on Sunday evening inside Luck Auditorium. The Cardinal captains are annually voted upon by the student-athletes on the roster.
Representing Stanford as captains this season are: returning captain Michael Wilson, alongside newly appointed captains Levani Damuni, Jonathan McGill, Tanner McKee, Ricky Miezan and Drake Nugent.
Wilson, a fifth-year wide receiver from Simi Valley, Calif., is the eighth two-time captain in Shaw's 12 seasons. He joins Kevin Hogan (2014-15), Peter Kalambayi (2016-17), Brandon Simmons (2017-18), Alameen Murphy (2017-18), K.J. Costello (2018-19), Malik Antoine (2019-20) and Thomas Booker (2020-21). Wilson had 19 catches for 185 yards in just four games last season and has 89 career catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns.
Damuni is a fifth-year inside linebacker from Providence, Utah. Damuni led the Cardinal with 88 tackles last season, a year after finishing second with 42. He had at least eight tackles in six different games last season. This offseason, he has been named to watch lists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Butkus Award and Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.
McGill played in just two games last season but had two interceptions, one in each game. A senior safety from Coppell, Texas, McGill has 30 tackles and four tackles for loss in his last eight games played. He has twice earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic Honor Roll and was honored as the Team Technician in 2021.
McKee, a junior quarterback from Corona, Calif., started nine games a season ago and passed for 2,237 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 15 passing touchdowns tied Stanford's freshman record and his 19 total touchdowns were the most by a freshman QB in program history. This offseason he has been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award.
Miezan, a fifth-year inside linebacker from Alexandria, Va., was a Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year nominee in 2021, playing in 11 games with eight starts after playing in just seven games over his first three seasons. Miezan was injured in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Last season he finished second on the team with 68 tackles, adding 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and a recovered fumble.
Nugent, a senior center from Lone Tree, Colo., started all 12 games at center in 2021. So far this season he has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list (best center in college football_ and Outland Trophy watch list (best interior lineman in college football).