Wise, Virginia - Captains for the 2010 football season were announced late Monday afternoon. Of the seven student-athletes selected four were seniors, Danny Hinkle, Jake Fowler, Josh Weaver, and Nick DiDonato. To complement the seniors, two juniors, Tank Elam and Dennis Bennett were selected to go along with one sophomore, Nick Leftwich.
Throughout his career, Danny Hinkle has been a force for the Highland Cavaliers on the defensive line. The Inez, Kentucky native racked up 63 tackles for UVa-Wise last season with 11 tackles coming behind the line of scrimmage. The defensive tackle saved the day for the Highland Cavaliers against Campbellsville last season when he blocked a game winning field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter. Joining Hinkle as a defensive captain is Josh Weaver. A year ago, Weaver led the team in sacks and tackles for loss from his defensive end position. The Alexandria, Virginia native also forced two fumbles while recovering three more in 2009.
A third defensive captain will be Dennis Bennett. A year ago, Bennett made the move from outside linebacker to safety to benefit the team. In the season finale, Bennett forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and collected three solo tackles playing at his new position. The final defensive captain chosen was Nick DiDonato. Returning for his fifth season in 2010 the lineman has seen increased playing time in each season. Known as a great teammate and leader, DiDonato has played every position on the defensive line while being a Cavalier.
Leading the offensive captains is senior lineman Jake Fowler. Fowler has consistently improved over his career at UVa-Wise. The ultimate team player, Fowler has seen action at every offensive line position except tight end since becoming a Highland Cavalier. The other two offensive captains selected have been patiently waiting an opportunity to shine. Playing behind consecutive All-Mid-South Quarterbacks, Nick Leftwich is competing for the starting position this season. Following a red shirt season in 2008, Leftwich served as a backup quarterback in 2009 seeing action in three games. The 5'11 quarterback completed his first collegiate pass against Newport News Apprentice on September 12. Rounding out the offensive captains is Tank Elam, a 5'7 wide receiver from William Campbell High School. Elam played in all 11 games for the Cavs last season, highlighting his season was a 43 yard reception in the season opener against Seton Hill. The sophomore duo will be expected to lead a group of young skill position players for UVa-Wise in 2010.
The Highland Cavaliers will report for fall practice on August 3rd. The season will open on August 28 as the Cavaliers travel to play Webber International.