LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's head football coach, John Troxell, named his captains for the 2010 squad Thursday morning. Seniors Jay Ridinger and Mark Surma will lead the 123rd edition of Diplomats football when the season kicks off in September.
"Football is extremely important to both Jay and Mark, as is winning," said Troxell. "They are the right guys to lead this team and I think their peers recognized that in selecting them."
Ridinger has been a key player in F&M's pass-oriented offense since arriving as a freshman. The receiver has appeared in all 31 games F&M has played over his career averaging 3.5 receptions per game and 11.4 yards per catch. He caught 42 passes in 2007 and 2009, with six touchdowns as a freshman and five as a junior.
"Jay is a tremendous young man that will do whatever needs to be done to get a win," said Troxell. "Jay has done everything asked of him and has been an incredible leader throughout his career. He has the respect of the team and they will follow him."
Ridinger is a second generation Diplomat who grew up with F&M football. His father, John Ridinger '86 played for F&M and has served several stints as an assistant coach.
Surma is a second-year captain, having led the 2009 Diplomats to a 9-2 record and an ECAC South Atlantic Championship. The lone junior captain a year ago, Surma recorded 35 solo tackles and 29 assisted tackles. 9.5 of his stops were for losses, including five sacks. Surma was an All-Centennial Conference Second Team choice in 2009.
"Being a two-year captain, he understands the demands of being a leader," Troxell noted. "He is not afraid to push the rest of team to get them moving in the right direction."
The 2010 Diplomats open the season on September 4, when Washington & Lee visits Lancaster.