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Syracuse football names captains for 2017 season

Little surprise here, but a cool honor for all three players.

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The Syracuse Orange football program has named captains for the 2017 season, and it’s unlikely you’re shocked by the results: Zaire Franklin, Eric Dungey and Sterling Hofrichter will captain their respective units.

Senior middle linebacker Franklin is the defense’s captain for third consecutive season -- the first to accomplish that feat since Robert Adams from 1894-96. Franklin is second on the team in tackles with 40 this year, and is fifth among active players with 266 career stops.

Junior quarterback Dungey is the offense’s captain for the first time this year. On top of this year’s strong numbers (1,802 passing yards, 325 rushing yards, 17 TDs), he’s been quickly climbing the Orange’s career record books as well. He’s already in or near the top five now in most career passing categories.

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Hofrichter is the special teams captain for the first time, and is the team’s fifth sophomore captain ever — and just the second since 1950 (Franklin being the other). He’s currently third in the ACC and 14th in the FBS in punting average at 45.1 per. Hof also ranks third in the league in number of punts downed inside the 20-yard line (12).

Co-captains this season will also include senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael, senior linebacker Parris Bennett and junior long snapper Matt Keller.

Congrats to the players honored as captains. You’ll be seeing them out for the coin toss each game now (versus the early games, which rotated).