Buckeyes Name 2012 Football Captains


Seniors John Simon, Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino, Garrett Goebel and Jordan Hall have been chosen captains of Ohio State’s football team by their teammates.

Coach Urban Meyer announced the selections at a team meeting Sunday night.

Simon, a defensive lineman, becomes only the seventh Buckeye to be a two-time captain. Linebacker James Laurinaitis was the last in 2007-08.

“This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive, and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys,” Simon said in a statement released by the team.

Boren leads all current OSU players with 27 career starts.

“It is a dream come true and a huge honor to be named a captain at The Ohio State University,” said Boren, a fullback.

Sabino volunteered to redshirt two years ago as a junior. He will lead a group of inexperienced linebackers.

“I am just really honored to be named a captain,” he said.

Goebel is an often-overlooked member of the defensive line.

“I am going to put everything I have into this responsibility,” he said.

Hall is expected to miss the start of the season because of a foot injury sustained when he stepped on glass outside of his apartment. But he earned Meyer’s respect with his growth on the field in the spring and in the classroom.

“I was hoping to be named a captain, but I was also a little surprised when it happened,” he said.

A year ago, Ohio State did not announce permanent captains until the regular season ended.