In the closing moments of Saturday night's Salute to Troy, head coach Steve Sarkisian announced the six captains that will lead the USC Trojans out of the Coliseum tunnel for the 2014 football season opener against Fresno State.
Quarterback Cody Kessler, center Max Tuerk, receiver Nelson Agholor, defensive lineman Leonard Williams, linebacker Hayes Pullard and cornerback Josh Shaw were elected team captains, as selected by their Trojan teammates.
The six captains are the most in Trojans history, following last season where USC named just four captains -- one of which was returning "big man on campus" Hayes Pullard.
"These are quality guys," head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "They represent the team really well. They represent the university really well. I think they made great decisions."
Led by the Trojans top-two leading tacklers from last season, redshirt senior Hayes Pullard and All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams power the defensive captains. Veteran cornerback Josh Shaw also joins the leadership ranks.
In his first full season as starting quarterback, Cody Kessler holds down the fort on offense. Accompanied by his center Max Tuerk and leading pass-catching target Nelson Agholor, the Trojans are putting leadership in the hands of well-respected players. Interestingly, all three offensive captains happen to be roommates.
USC kicks off the season in less than a week, August 30th at 4:30 p.m. PST to be more exact, as the Trojans will look to defeat Fresno State for the second consecutive time.