LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's head football coach, John Troxell, announced the captains for the 2012 squad Friday morning. Seniors C.T. Marsh, Kenny Provost and Sam Massaro will lead the 125th edition of Diplomats football when the season starts in September.
"These three guys were selected by their peers because of their commitment to this program and the game of football," said Troxell. "They represent what every coach wants in a player, both on the field and off the field."
Marsh (Phoenix, Md. / Loyola-Blakefield) was fourth in the conference with 8.5 sacks and earned a spot on the All-Centennial Conference (CC) Second Team in 2011. He was fourth on the team with 46 tackles and led the defense with 14.5 tackles for a loss and became the all-time sack leader in F&M history last season as a defensive end. Matt DesChamps '93 previously held the honor with 25.5; Marsh has 26 sacks for his career.
"C.T. was selected because of his relentless effort, day in and day out," said Troxell. "It doesn't matter if it's in the weight room or on the field, C.T. is always at his peak."
Provost (Petoskey, Mich. / Petoskey) made his way to the All-CC Team for the first time in his career last season as a defensive lineman. The senior was seventh on the team in tackles with 38. He finished the year with nine tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.
"Kenny has done everything the right way since he arrived in Lancaster four years ago," said Troxell. "He has the respect of every coach and player on this team and will be a tremendous leader."
Massaro's (Old Tappan, N.J. / Northern Valley Old Tappan) 2011 season was cut short due to an injury in the first game of the year. In 2010 he earned First Team All-CC honors following a sophomore season that saw him record a team-high 85 tackles, including 48 solo stops at his linebacker position. Half of his six tackles for losses were sacks. He intercepted three passes, all against Susquehanna, broke up a pair, forced two fumbles, recovered one, and blocked a kick.
"Sammy has been a dominant player in this conference for two seasons," Troxell said. "His leadership and performance on the field will raise the level of play of every player around him."
The Diplomats open the season on Sept. 1st when Washington & Lee visits Lancaster for a 1:00 p.m. game.