Michigan players vote Denard Robinson, Jordan Kovacs as team captains
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke said earlier this summer that the key to his team living up to its lofty expectations was senior leadership.
Now, he has the guys who will show the way.
Michigan players have voted quarterback Denard Robinson and safety Jordan Kovacs as their 2012 captains, Hoke announced Sunday night.
"Denard and Jordan are two guys who represent what Michigan football stands for, on and off the field, and they certainly are deserving of being named team captains," Hoke said in a statement. "They have played a lot of football here. I know they will do a great job of leading the seniors and Team 133."
Kovacs is the first safety named captain since Corwin Brown in 1992, and Robinson is the first quarterback since John Navarre in 2003.
Robinson is the headliner of this year's captains. He's introverted by nature, but his electric, record-setting run as Michigan's starting quarterback makes him a natural fit as team leader.
He already holds the NCAA single-season rushing record for quarterbacks, after running for 1,702 yards in his debut season as starter in 2010, and could set the all-time mark this year with 1,252 more yards.
He's on pace to smash the Big Ten record held by Indiana's Antwaan Randle El (3,895).
Kovacs' rise is far more unlikely. He enrolled at Michigan without a single scholarship offer, and required two student-body tryouts to make the team. He received an early opportunity to start due to injury his freshman season, and has missed only one game since.
He has started 33 games, which trails only senior defensive end Craig Roh among current players, and was named honorable mention all-Big ten by the media the past two years.
Kovacs has been noted for his consistent play off the field, and steady leadership away from it. He's considered a natural fit as a captain.
Michigan went with three captains last year in center David Molk, tight end Kevin Koger and defensive tackle Mike Martin, but historically, the Wolverines more often go with two.
This year's selections mark the first time since 1994 Michigan didn’t elect at least one lineman or tight end as a captain. Linebacker Steve Morrison and receiver Walter Smith were the selections that year.