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Northwestern announces Austin Carr, Connor Mahoney, Matt Harris and Anthony Walker as captains

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NCAA Football: Purdue at Northwestern Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern announced its captains at Meet The Team Night on Friday, as head coach Pat Fitzgerald named Anthony Walker, Matthew Harris, Austin Carr and Connor Mahoney as the team’s four captains.

Walker was an obvious choice given how he is already the leader of the defense, and has already received the No. 1 jersey for the upcoming season. It is somewhat rare for Northwestern to bestow this honor onto a non-senior, but Walker is clearly deserving.

Harris is the only starting senior in the secondary and has taken on the role as a vocal leader this offseason especially. Harris has an incredible backstory as well, something we documented over the winter.

Carr went from walk-on to scholarship player last season and promptly led all Wildcats receivers with 302 receiving yards. He’s the team’s undisputed number one receiver heading into the 2016 season as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar to boot.

Mahoney is a redshirt senior that has played in 33 games over the last three seasons, primarily at left guard. He switched from defense to offense during his redshirted season, and has found a home at on the line ever since. He’s two time Academic All-Big Ten, and will be Northwestern’s starting left guard to begin the season.