MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College head football coach, Curt Fitzpatrick, has announced the selection of four rising seniors as team captains for the upcoming 2018 football season, as voted by team members, including running back Nick Edmond (Blythe, Calif.), offensive lineman Marcus Thompson (Syracuse, N.Y.), defensive lineman Scott Irons, Jr. (Syracuse, N.Y.) and linebacker John Shirley (Sandy Creek, N.Y.).
"Our team did a tremendous job selecting our captains for Team 2018," he said.
"They had a lot of outstanding young men to choose from, so there were really no wrong choices. Being selected as a captain by your peers, teammates, and friends is truly an honor – one of the highest you can receive as a collegiate athlete."
Morrisville State, who finished sixth overall in the Empire 8 conference this season, was able to move the ball offensively behind the power of All-Conference second team selection Edmond, who ranked second overall in the league in yards per game, averaging 116.4 as he amassed 1,048 on 199 carries for the year.
Fellow second team selection, Thompson, a mainstay on the offensive line provided opportunity for the Mustangs to be successful offensively, as they ranked second in scoring in the conference, and third overall in total offense with an average of 406.9 yards per game.
Irons and Shirley will be effective voices for the Mustangs on the defensive side of the ball; Irons collecting 38 total stops on the line, including five sacks that dropped opponents for a total 17 yard loss.
"Being a leader is not always easy, and it is not for everybody," Fitzpatrick expressed.
"However, I am confident that Nick, Marcus, Scott, and John have the makeup to be great leaders for our team. I am very happy for these four guys, as they have given so much to our football program."
"Needless to say, I am very excited when I think about these four Mustangs leading our team through the summer months and into the fall season."
Morrisville State will begin preseason training in August, opening the 2018 slate on the road at Norwich University.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.