The first pair of captains during Jim Harbaugh's coaching tenure at Michigan will be a linebacker and -- wait for it -- a fullback. Ultimate HARBAUGH.
Senior linebacker Joe Bolden and senior fullback Joe Kerridge were voted as Michigan's captains for the 2015 season, the Michigan athletic department released in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Bolden and Kerridge were elected by their teammates, as Harbaugh explained how the team captains would be decided in his presser earlier this afternoon.
Bolden has appeared in 38 games and started 16 games as a linebacker at Michigan. He had his most productive season in 2014, when he started all 12 games and tallied 102 tackles -- the second-most on the team behind only Jake Ryan's 112 -- four tackles for loss, and two sacks. Bolden is expected to emerge as Michigan's best linebacker as a senior in 2015, and another 100-tackle campaign would not be a surprise at all.
Kerridge has participated in 36 games, starting 10 of them, as a fullback at Michigan. Kerridge has not earned many touches in his career, posting four rushes for 59 yards and 12 receptions for 90 yards, but he has proven himself to be a proficient blocker that can clear lanes for his running mates and provide protection for his quarterback. In Harbaugh's offense, which will use the fullback often, Kerridge will lead in more ways than one.
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