Nawrocki, Rask, and Van Roten Named 2011 Football Captains

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– Luke Nawrocki, Erik Rask, and Greg Van Roten were voted by their teammates this week as the 2011 team captains of the University of Pennsylvania football team. All three are two-time All-Ivy recipients and, combined, they have missed just one game during Penn's current stretch as back-to-back Ivy League champions. Nawrocki and Van Roten both attended Chaminade High School on Long Island, while Rask is a Newport Beach, Calif., native.


"Our players made three excellent choices in electing Erik, Greg and Luke as the 2011 team captains," said George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli. "They each played a large role as underclassmen and I think the players recognized their tremendous leadership abilities and work ethic. We know these three, along with the rest of our senior class, will provide a good example for our underclassmen as to what it means to serve as representatives of the Penn Football team on the field, on the campus and in the community."


Nawrocki, out of Syosset, N.Y., is a two-time honorable mention All-Ivy honoree. He played in all 10 games his sophomore year, and missed just one game during the 2010 title season. As a junior last season, Nawrocki had 18 receptions for 184 yards, averaging 10.2 yards per catch. In the win against Columbia, he led the team with a season-best 45 receiving yards, including a season-long 28-yard reception. Over his 19-game career, he has 29 receptions for 272 yards and two touchdowns.

As a linebacker, Rask has been a crucial part of the Quakers defense during the back-to-back undefeated Ivy League campaigns. Last year, he was a first-team All-Ivy honoree, started all 10 games and led the team with 65 tackles. He had at least three tackles in every game, including a career-best 11 against Harvard. The Corona del Mar High School product also finished the season with 3.5 sacks, four pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. In his sophomore year, he played in all 10 games and received honorable mention All-Ivy status, as well as being named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19.


As the only returning offensive lineman, Van Roten started all 20 games during Penn's two undefeated Ivy campaigns and already boasts two All-Ivy selections. The Rockville Centre, N.Y., native was an honorable mention All-Ivy member as a sophomore and a first-team selection last year when the Quakers led the Ivy League in total offense, scoring offense and rushing offense. The Red and Blue finished with the sixth-best rushing attack in the FCS in 2010, and in each of the last two seasons, Penn has led the league in fewest sacks allowed.


The first time the trio will walk out to the 50-yard line at Franklin Field for the opening coin toss will be on Sept. 17 when the Quakers open the 2011 campaign against Lafayette.