Bo Pelini Designates Taylor Martinez, Quincy Enunwa, Spencer Long and Ciante Evans As Team Captains

#61 Spencer Long - Team Captain. - Eric Francis

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has designated Taylor Martinez, Quincy Enunwa, Spencer Long and Ciante Evans as team captains for the season. This is the first time this has happened - previously Pelini had designated captains separately for each game. Will it improve team chemistry?

A tweet earlier today from none other than Matt Davison alluded to the fact that for the first time in the Bo Pelini era, team captains have been selected for the season as Taylor Martinez, Quincy Enunwa, Spencer Long and Ciante Evans have earned that honor:

In previous seasons, "team captains" played a ceremonial role of trotting out to performance the coin toss and having their names announced as such before each game. This lead to fans, media, and radio talk show hosts to second-guess Pelini's strategy, believing it lead to a lack of leadership and continuity for the team.

Note that by designating them at this time of year that the newly appointed captains will be in charge of summer conditioning.

Will the new titles make much difference?

My initial thought is, no, not as much as people tend to believe.

Leaders on the team are going to be leaders regardless of whether they have the designation of "captain". Having an assigned title doesn't make a person who's taken on the role of leadership any better, and if there are leadership and/or chemistry problems on the team, they won't go away through the magic of making four players captains.

Taking on the title of captain means that those four players have taken on a great amount of responsibility although I'm doubtful that designation means as much to the players as it does to the aforementioned fans, media, and radio talk show hosts.

It could be argued that the fans, media and radio talk show hosts will hold those four accountable for the performance of the team this season (as if we wouldn't do that anyway), and in doing so will make it clear that they're responsible for the performance of the players under them thereby giving them added incentive to perform better rather than embrace Husker fans' ire.

Fans might perceive that as holding the newly designated Husker captains to a higher standard, but again, if they didn't have a high standard without the title how will adding the title change anything other than fans knowing who to blame week to week?

Perhaps those four have been determined to have reached a higher standard than the rest of the players and that by designating them as leaders with an official title, Bo Pelini has made it clear to the other players that theirs is the example he expects everyone to follow.

Again, how is this much different than it was in previous seasons? Just the title, the designation? Is that all it takes?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Corn Nation

You must be a member of Corn Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Corn Nation. You should read them.

Join Corn Nation

You must be a member of Corn Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Corn Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker