Braxton Miller, Jack Mewhort, Ryan Shazier, Five Others Named Captain for the 2013 Football Season

By Kyle Rowland on August 27, 2013 at 7:28p
There was never any doubt about Jack Mewhort becoming a captain for Ohio State

Braxton Miller, Jack Mewhort, Philly Brown, Ryan Shazier, Corey Linsley, Christian Bryant, Kenny Guiton and C.J. Barnett are the captains of the 2013 Ohio State football team. 

Head coach Urban Meyer has given these eight players the honor of being a captain, but the list will be pared down at the end of the season.

“It’s the first time I’ve done something like this,” Meyer told the team. “We had eight individuals receive a lot of votes, and all were within 12 votes of each other. So they’ll lead us into each game as captains and at the end of the year a decision will be made as to who will be the season’s captains.”

While not unprecedented, naming two juniors --- Miller and Shazier --- captains is rare. 

The selection of Mewhort was seen as automatic after Meyer deemed him a captain in the spring. Meyer went as far to say that he'd use veto power if Mewhort was not elected by the team. Mewhort, Bryant and Miller were Ohio State's representatives at Big Ten media days, which is usually a sign that a captaincy could be in the near future. 

Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort is a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School

Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett is a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School

Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton is a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller is a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier is a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School

Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley is an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School

Senior wide receiver Corey Brown is a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School


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Buckeye_Ryan's picture

I love that Kenny G made the captains list, I never get tired of his smooth jazz. 

Born a Buckeye, raised a Buckeye, will die a Buckeye.

81Alum's picture

Agree, Kenny is a good role model for others on the team.

rjenkins26's picture

8 wow! Congrats to all of them though, they deserve it. Go Bucks!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

They all do deserve it.  BUT I wish they would just state that there are 8 captains this year.  Or just name 3 or 4 now.  Not sure about the whole paring down the list as the year goes on (or after!?).  Am I alone in finding the paring down at the end odd?
Regardless, all of these guys are and/or would be a solid choice...for whomever makes the cut at the end?

avail31678's picture

It seems a little odd to me too.  He is probably, partially at least, using this as a motivator to have them all step up their leadership.  Everything is a competition under Meyer.  And this is a way to not only let the team have all the guys they voted on, but also to potentially motivate 8 guys to become Super-Leaders.
In the end I don't care THAT much, though.  I just want to play some football.
EDIT:  Ok, "watch" some football...

Paulillo's picture

Happy to see Kenny G get some love!

Buckeye.383's picture

A little shocked to see so many, 8. But I believe all are deserving. And personally I think it's nice to see Guiton as a captain. 

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otrain2416's picture

All 8 captains says to me is we have a lot of leaders on this team!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Goalscorer9's picture

All week I was secretly hoping Kenny G would get a spot, but didn't want to say anything to jynx it! haha

German Buckeye's picture

Looking forward to seeing the "C" on the jerseys...

argyle182021's picture

Pumped for Kenny G.  Shazier will be gone after this year.  Hoping Brax sticks around to be a 2x captain.

buckguyfan1's picture

That's very cool!  It will be fun to see the leadership blossom as each will I'm sure strive for the honor of "Season's Captains".
Edit: Will not be surprised if Urbz pulls a name not from this list of eight at the end of the year to be a "Season's Captain". 

awarren84's picture

Urban definitely does not come off as a pull names out of a hat type of guy to me. Everything he does seems measured and tactical...never willy nilly. 

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

gwright78's picture

He didn't say "out of a hat". I read it that way the first time, too. I think guys like Hyde, Roby, and Hall all have potential to come from outside this list and get some buzz at the end of the year related to their leadership.

RedStorm45's picture

May want to read it again.

awarren84's picture

You guys are correct. My bad. 

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

BassDropper's picture

This is why you have to love Urban as your head coach. Not only do you recognize 8 captians, which will make this teams leadership that much better...but Urban is also using this as a motivation tactic to make each one great leaders by naming 4 official ones at the end of the season. So if you want to be a captain on a potential NC team, you have to provide the best leadership you can and lead your teammates. It could be a tough cut for Urban to only name 4.


Him1stftballl8er's picture

My first post, I feel very blessed to be apart of the 11W community!  I love that Kenny G got some love! I think Shazier is going to be an amazing leader as well.  So stoked for this season to start!

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools. 

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Sidenote: That's going to be one intimidating group of grown ass men at midfield to start the game. I like it. Plus, when you're labeled a "captain," it means there's a different standard for you as a player and leader. Let's do this, Buckeyes.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

BME_Buckeye's picture

All jokes aside, I'm loving this leadership role Corey Linsley has stepped into. Hope he and the others are contagious in their efforts to lead and take the team far.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I'm eating some Peanut Butter Crunch right now. 

Class of 2010.

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ATXbucknut's picture

Any word on the second-team captaincy? 

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Impressed that Kenny G is a captain. 
What I think would be cool is if Kenny were given the start against Michigan.
That would be a fitting tribute to honor a man who will be completing five years in the shadows, yet could have started in most, if not all but a few systems in college football.

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45has2's picture


"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Jugdish's picture

Jordan Hall?

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jdagrava.1's picture

My thoughts exactly... how do you get nominated as a captain in your 4th year but not in your 5th year?

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

gwright78's picture

It's a little disturbing, don't you think? Or maybe I'm just reading into it.

jdagrava.1's picture

I think so yes - especially considering he is actually lined up to start the season as our #1 RB.  If you remember from last season he had the crazy foot injury.

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Good choices for captains.  The only name I'm surprised not to see is Jordan Hall.  Where are all of the general studies majors?

Class of 2010.

73buckeye's picture

I noticed that too. I thought tsun claimed all the smart guys go to school up there. That list of majors is impressive, not a slacker in the group. Exactly the kind of smart guys and leaders you'd expect to find as captains for the Buckeyes.  


jaxbuckeye's picture

I'm loving the strong majors. 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Buckeye football season is among us gentlemen and lady Buckeyes! 

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Last weekend when I set up the DRV recording of the Buffalo game, that's when it hit me.  :P

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Alpo's picture

Happy for all the guys named captain, feel they were all well deserved! Especially like Guiton, he most definitely earned it and is a true leader. Weird about Hall, but I'm not disappointed with the team vote one bit.

CC's picture

Linsley was average at best going into last season, now he's a captain. Speaks to his character to maximize his ability and for the coaches to motivate him to do so.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Kenny G getting to be a captain is everything that is right in this world.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Congrats guys!  Gotta love how many guys are looked on as leaders on this team. 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

EIGHT guys voted as captains ... BUT ... the number will be pared down by the end of the season???  Whaaaa???  Will the "pared down" players be decommissioned?  Sorry, I don't get it.  Oh well, football is a team sport so no point in majoring in minors I guess.  If the team is happy and all the fans are happy whatever I guess LOL.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

hit_the_couch's picture

8 captains is a lot. It reminds of a football movie where they sent the whole team to the coin toss to psych out the other team.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Seen any more of the "old gang" on here Hit?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

hit_the_couch's picture

I've seen a few of them, I haven't really seen many unless they changed their name.I think most split up between Fox, CBS and Off Tackle Empire.
I'm too busy with school and work to keep track.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

BtownBuckeye's picture

Lead us to battle young gents

BTBuckeye's picture

Everything is a competition...who's going to be named the final set of captains. Competition among leaders. I'm down with it. Go Bucks!!


Made me very happy to see Kenny Guiton getting the appreciation that he so much deserves!

"Woody is a God-fearing man. It's good to know that he's afraid of somebody." --Archie Griffin

45has2's picture

Kenny G a captain. How many teams have a backup as captain? Effin fantastic. Way to go Kenny Guiton! I have no doubt we could run the table in the B1G with smooth Kenny G. "Off the record." Dude will never have to put his hand in his pocket in a Cbus restaurant the rest of his life.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

jkrk's picture

It's just nasty that Shazier is a psychology major. As if he isn't in someone's head enough when he knocks it off.

Crimson's picture

And no wonder Urban loves him!

MVJ's picture

8 captains on the quest for our 8th National Championship has a nice symmetry to it! Probably the only way the list of captains is not paired down at seasons end. Congrats to all! 

"You win with people "

Leanenaud's picture

I was thinking the same thing.

FROMTHE18's picture

holy Moses...8. Well-deserved by Kenny G. Happy for the guy.

ChillitownBuck30's picture

Congratulations to all the Buckeyes named as leaders!  And here is to hoping UFM has to change his mind and name 15 team captains at the end of the season.  Go Bucks!!  3 Days!!

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”

buckskin's picture

Ah finally, captains are named, the season is ready to start.  Glad for every one of these young men, especially smooth Kenny G.  Many former Buckeyes players say that being a captain is the highlight of their careers.  Even Tom Brady says it is one of his greatest accomplishments (even if it is for TTUN).

doodah_man's picture

I guess I am the only one who has a problem with 8 captains. Really? Anyone out there with team experience who has seem this many captains? This looks along the same line as the 2011 team that rotated captains. What is wrong with one offense captain and one defense captain? When does it stop being an integral leadership position and nothing more than just a reward for longevity or hard work?
I know, let's make everyone a captain and at the end of the year give everyone ribbons for participation. WIN.

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910