UConn names football captains for 2012

UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni announced Monday that seniors Adam Masters, Jory Johnson, Nick Williams and Blidi Wreh-Wilson have been selected captains for the 2012 season.

"We have an outstanding group of 17 seniors on our football team that all have shown outstanding leadership during their time here," Pasqualoni said in a statement released by UConn. "The four seniors that will serve as our team captains have been exceptional in all areas that are expected from a UConn football player."

Wreh-Wilson, a cornerback from Edinboro, Pa., was also a captain last season. He has started 22 games over the past three seasons, including all 13 as a sophomore in 2010. He missed much of last year with a knee injury.

Masters, an offensive tackle from Bethesda, Md., has started 23 games during his career and has shown versatility at both guard and tackle. As a starter the past two seasons, he blocked for 1,000-yard rushers Lyle McCombs (2011) and Jordan Todman (2010).

Johnson, an outside linebacker from Mobile, Ala., led UConn in tackles last year with 97 and started all 12 games. He has played in 33 career games with 14 starts and is a two-time member of the Big East All-Academic team.

Williams, from East Windsor, N.J., has enjoyed an tremendous career as a wide receiver and a return specialist. He is first in the UConn career record books for kickoff return average (28.3), second in kickoff return yardage (1,556) and tied for first in KO returns for a touchdown (2).

UConn opens its season Thursday night at home against UMass (7:30 p.m., SNY).

- Day Staff Reports

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