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Published: Friday, 8/22/2008

Buckeyes select 4 captains


COLUMBUS James Laurinaitis will serve for a second year as an Ohio State captain, joining quarterback Todd Boeckman, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Brian Robiskie as leaders of the football team this fall.

The election of the four seniors was announced Friday.

Laurinaitis, an All-American linebacker and winner of the Butkus Award a year ago, becomes just the seventh Ohio State player to be a captain for two years. The others were Richard T. Ellis (1891-92), Archie Griffin (1974-75), Glen Cobb (1981-82), Thomas Johnson (1984-85), Joe Cooper (2000-01) and Steve Bellisari (2000-01).

It s unbelievable to have the chance to represent the type of player and people we have on this team as their captain for another year, said Laurinaitis, from Hamel, Minn.

Robiskie is the son of a former NFL player, head coach and assistant coach, Terry Robiskie.

Being a captain is one of those things, when it happens you feel blessed, Brian Robiskie said.

No. 2 Ohio State opens its season Aug. 30 at home against Youngstown State

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.

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