Huskers name captains for 2017 season

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska football program named five team captains on Saturday afternoon with the 2017 season opener one week away. The five captains were selected by a vote of their teammates.

The group consists of three seniors and two juniors, and three players on offense and two defensive standouts. The 2017 captains also include three Nebraska natives and two players who began their Husker career as walk-on student-athletes before earning scholarships.

Offensively, fifth-year senior fullback Luke McNitt, junior quarterback Tanner Lee and junior offensive guard Jerald Foster were named captains. The Blackshirt defense will be represented by a pair of seniors, linebacker Chris Weber and safety Joshua Kalu.

A native of Kearney, Neb., McNitt has been one of Nebraska’s top special teams performers throughout his NU career and is in his second season as the starting fullback. He was placed on scholarship earlier this week. Lee is set to make his first Nebraska start on Saturday night after beginning his career at Tulane, where he was the Green Wave’s starting quarterback for two seasons.

A Lincoln native, Foster is part of a strong group of returning offensive linemen for the Huskers. Foster battled through a knee injury last season to start the final four games of his sophomore campaign.

On defense, Weber is a fifth-year senior and a product of Elkhorn High School. An academic All-America candidate, Weber will anchor the middle of the Nebraska linebacker corps this fall. Kalu has made 28 career starts in the secondary for Nebraska and has 168 tackles. After lining up at cornerback the past three seasons, he is slated to start at safety this fall.