The Virginia Cavaliers have elected their 2018 team captains in senior TB Jordan Ellis, senior HB Olamide Zaccheaus, and senior OLB Chris Peace, the school announced via Twitter on Monday morning.
This is the first time each of these players have been team captains. Last year, Virginia also had three team captains (Kurt Benkert, Quin Blanding, and Micah Kiser), as well as a rotating fourth team captain each week, a special teams member, determined by the previous week’s performance.
Last year, Ellis started in all 13 games as Virginia’s do-it-all back, averaging 3.9 rushing yards per attempt and 836 rushing yards on the season. He also picked up an additional 137 yards on 22 receptions, with seven touchdowns for the season. Ahmad Hawkins recently had the opportunity to take Jordan Ellis on The Walkthrough:
Also starting in all 13 games last season, Peace earned an All-ACC Honorable Mention, finishing fifth in conference with 7.5 sacks, the most by any linebacker in conference. Here are his highlights from last season:
Finally, Olamide Zaccheaus started just twice last season, but played in all 13 games, breaking Billy McMullen’s 16-year old UVA single-season for receptions with 85 catches (previously 83). He picked up 895 receiving yards, putting him fifth on Virginia’s all-time single-season list. Here are some of his highlights from last season.
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