April 16, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Seniors Jason Hill, Mkristo Bruce and Scott Davis, along with junior Alex Brink, will captain the Washington State University football team during the 2006 campaign, Cougar Head Football Coach Bill Doba announced Saturday.
All four players are serving their first season in a captain's role.
"There were several kids that received votes and I honestly agree with every one of them," said Doba. "I think the team took this vote very seriously. There wasn't any favoritisms, any jokes and therefore it makes that honor of being selected by your teammates even greater. If I was going to hand pick the captains I would probably pick the same ones. I think that says a lot about the maturity of this football team."
Hill, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound wide receiver, led the Cougars with 62 catches for 1,097 yards and a school-record 13 touchdowns last season. He earned SI.com All-American honorable mention honors, All-Pacific-10 Conference second team honors, and was a Biletnikoff Award finalist, representing the nation's top receiver. In his three seasons, Hill holds the top two single-season touchdown marks and is the career leader in touchdown receptions with 25, despite not catching a pass as a freshman. He is also the only WSU receiver to have two 1,000 yards season, going for 1,007 yards in 2004 and 1,097 last season.
"I have worked all my life to be a leader of a team," said Hill. "Getting the respect of your teammates mean's a lot and I'm taking it very serious."
Bruce established himself as one of the top defensive players in the Pac-10 last season. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive end earned All-Pac-10 second team honors in 2005 after posting 67 tackles, including 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. The 15 tackles for loss were tied for first in the Pac-10 while his career-high 10 sacks were second in the conference. For his career Bruce's 18.5 sacks rank sixth all-time at WSU.
"This means the world to me," said Bruce. "From the bottom of my heart it's been a dream since I was a little boy to play college football and be a captain of a team."
Davis, a 5-foot-11, 228-pound linebacker, has been a mainstay on the Cougar defense, starting every game the past two seasons. In 2005 Davis had 66 tackles, including five tackles-for-loss, to go along with five pass breakups and a forced fumble. He registered a career-high-tying 11 tackles at California to go with a pair of pass breakups. For his career Dais has totaled 181 tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss, five sacks and six fumble recoveries.
Brink, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound quarterback, threw for 2,997 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. The 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic first team member, Brink set single-game records with 531 passing yards and 515 yards of total offense against Oregon State. He also threw for five touchdowns and 423 yards, including three to Hill, at California His 24 touchdowns are tied for the fourth-most, single-season effort in school history while his 2,997 passing yards rank 6th all-time.
The Cougars open the 2006 season at Auburn Saturday, Sept. 2.