The Nebraska football team announced its four team captains on Saturday night, a week from the season’s kickoff across the Atlantic in Dublin, Ireland.
Senior edge rusher Caleb Tannor, senior tight end Travis Vokolek, junior edge rusher Garrett Nelson and sophomore linebacker Nick Heinrich all received the distinction of team captain.
Head coach Scott Frost told Greg Sharpe during Thursday evening’s Husker Sports Network Football Show that the team already voted on captains earlier in the week and the announcement would be made to the team on Saturday.
Tannor was voted a team captain after starting every game last year and posting career highs in both tackles (33) and tackles for loss (5.5). Vokolek comes into the season healthy and with momentum of increased playing time towards the end of last season. Nelson, a Scottsbluff native, returns for his junior year after starting every game and finishing seventh in the Big Ten with 11.5 tackles for loss last season. Heinrich, an Omaha Burke alum, also started every game last year and finished sixth in the conference with 99 tackles.
Also on Thursday’s episode of the Football Show, Frost said the initial crop of Blackshirt recipients would be selected by Saturday. Those, however, were not announced by the team.
The Huskers will hold a weekly game-week press conference on Sunday, which is typically held on Mondays, but was moved to accommodate the team’s travel to Ireland.