Romans and Russo Named Football Captains for 2008 Season
March 31, 2008
"We made a change and made the selection earlier than normal because I felt it was important to have the leaders to pull us together at the start of spring practice, rather than at the end of it," said head coach Frank Tavani. "Both Andy and Joe have demonstrated leadership through their work ethic on and off the field and in their passion for the game."
Romans will lead a Lafayette defense that ranked first in the nation, yielding just 260.1 offensive yards per game. The inside linebacker led the Leopards in tackles for the second straight year with 113. He also had three sacks and three forced fumbles and was named the 2007 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year as well as the team MVP. Romans will join a corps of six returning starters on defense as well as several others who received game experience.
"It a great honor to be named captain, especially since you are chosen from amongst your peers. I think that is the most important part of it," Romans said. "We want to follow in the footsteps of the captains who have come before us."
Russo will head up a team of eight returning starters on offense. An All-Patriot League First-Team selection, Russo started nine games in 2007 and served as a threat on the ground and in the air. The fullback carried the ball 26 times for 126 yards and one touchdown and pulled in 12 passes for 96 yards and two scores while leading the way for an offense that averaged 173 rushing yards per game.
"It's a tradition and we're just glad to be a part of it," Russo said. "We're just going to try to continue to carry out the tradition of hard work and being a successful program."
Lafayette is coming off a 7-4 campaign in 2007, and will begin the hunt for a fourth Patriot League title in five years on Sept. 6 at Marist.
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