Aug. 22, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Quarterback Craig Krenzel and split end Michael Jenkins, on offense, and tackle Tim Anderson and end Will Smith, on defense, were named as captains for the 2003 season by head football coach Jim Tressel Friday.
All four captains are in their senior seasons for the Buckeyes. Krenzel returns for his second year as the starting quarterback, including a 14-0 campaign in 2002, when Ohio State won the national championship. Krenzel is 15-1 as a starter, was the offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl and was selected as co-MVP of the squad by his teammates after last season. Jenkins made one clutch catch after another, including the infamous fourth-and-one play last year at Purdue and the fourth-and-14 play in the Fiesta Bowl. Jenkins had 61 receptions for 1,076 yards and six touchdowns, while Krenzel threw for 2,110 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Anderson returns for his third year as the starter at defensive tackle and is on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy. After a Second Team All-Big Ten season a year ago, Anderson should be a lock for first team honors this season. Smith appears on the watch list for the Lombardi Award after opting to return for his senior season rather than early entry into the NFL draft. A veteran of 38 games the past three years and 23 starts in the last two seasons, Smith was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2002.
Jim Tressel, Ohio State head coach quotes regarding the captains
On the 2003 Ohio State football captains:
“I think we have an extraordinary senior class. I mentioned to more than one group that this is the hardest task a senior class at Ohio State has had in a long time. They are coming off a great season with high expectations and people are talking about all the extraordinary things they expect them to do. We had so many guys that could have been captains that we had to vote multiple times. I told the guys this morning after we voted yesterday, ‘We can’t have 10 captains.’
“I think we have four great captains but it doesn’t lessen the importance of the leadership of the other guys. I feel good about the leadership of this team.”
On senior quarterback Craig Krenzel:
“He probably could have been a captain a year ago in the eyes of his teammates. I just felt he had enough else to do being a first-year starter. He will be an extraordinary captain.”
On senior split end Michael Jenkins:
“Mike Jenkins just leads by example. He probably won’t say much to the guys because that isn’t his style. The way he carries himself and the way he lives his life (is a great example). He is an extraordinary person.”
On senior end Will Smith:
“Will Smith got an extraordinary amount of votes. He is a great leader as well as a great player and he will be a heck of a captain.”
On senior tackle Tim Anderson:
“You love for the blue-collar guy to get a little bit of recognition from his teammates. The guys know he is there every snap and he is the guy that plays in the “A” gap and gets double-teamed all the time. They certainly appreciate the way he handles himself.”