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Syracuse football names 2022 team captains

Posted 8/30/22

The Syracuse football team will have seven players don the captain’s patch on their jerseys for the 2022 season. Captains were decided by two team votes.

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Syracuse football names 2022 team captains

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SYRACUSE — The Syracuse football team will have seven players don the captain’s patch on their jerseys for the 2022 season.

Captains were decided by two team votes. Mikel Jones, Matthew Bergeron and Andre Szmyt had been elected earlier this offseason and they were joined this week by Garrett Shrader, Garrett Williams, Chris Elmore and Aaron Bolinsky.

Jones is a multi-year defensive captain. The All-ACC linebacker enters the 2022 campaign as a preseason All-American from multiple publications and is on the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik Award Watch Lists heading into the year.

Bergeron was the lone offensive lineman to start every game at the same position last year for Syracuse, helping the team to the fifth-highest rushing total in program history in 2021. An All-ACC Honorable Mention selection last year, the Orange averaged over four yards per carry off the left tackle, which was the highest among left tackles in the ACC last season, according to ESPN Advanced Stats.

Szmyt is the most accurate kicker in Orange history. He has the program-best mark in points (354), while also connecting on the highest percentage (83) percent of his kicks in team history. Additionally, he has made over 91% of his tries from inside of 40 yards in his career.

Williams is one of the ACC’s best cornerbacks and according to Pro Football Focus, and one of the top draft-eligible cornerback. He has led the ACC in pass breakups in each of his two years as a starter.

Shrader had the second-most rushing touchdowns nationally be a quarterback in 2021 (14). He had the second-most rushing yards in a season by an Orange quarterback, despite starting just nine games.

The versatile Elmore played fullback, tight end, defensive line, running back and offensive line in his now six years at SU. He has been a crucial blocker in SU’s run game over the last two years while also serving as a special teams mainstay.

Bolinsky is on this year’s Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, in addition to being the team’s long snapper.

The trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service in the world. Bolinsky has snapped for three different All-American specialists in his time at the school.

The Orange open up the season at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the JMA Wireless Dome hosting ACC foe Louisville.

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