Tigers Name Four Captains
BY JAY GREENBERG
It is a reflection of an uncommon class of seniors that Princeton will have four football captains.
Three of those, announced to the squad by head coach Bob Surace Wednesday, are returning from missing all of the 2017 season (quarterback John Lovett) or a major portion (linebacker Mark Fossati, defensive end Kurt Holuba). But linebacker Thomas Johnson’s relentless work in a front seven decimated by an almost incomprehensible number of injuries was not forgotten by the players as they balloted.
As more players than ever received votes, there were reasons beyond playmaking ability that these four were selected. The grueling rehab work put in by Lovett, Holuba and Fossati that is expected to return them to All-Ivy form, were ongoing illustrations for the rest of the team.
“I strongly believe that all outstanding leaders have to lead by example,” said Surace. “Mark, Kurt, Tommy and John do that.
“The coaches, staff and players all see the sacrifice, commitment, discipline and work ethic that they show consistently. In their own ways, they have all used their voice both to inspire and also show how they care for the individual players of the team.”
Lovett was the offensive player of the year in the Ivy League in 2016, Holuba the defensive runner-up. Both are being voted captain for a second time. Johnson, a first team All-Ivy selection, led the 2017 team in tackles with 95.
The only previous year that Princeton had four captains was in 2008, when Mark Paski, Wilson Cates, Jordan Culbreath and Scott Britton were the choices.