DAYTON – The University of Dayton football program has named junior running back Jake Chisholm, senior quarterback Jack Cook and senior safety Brandon Easterling its team captains for the 2021 season. In addition, senior cornerback Joe Bubonics was selected as UD’s special teams captain for next season.
The captains were selected in a vote of team members after UD’s last spring practice on Friday and kept confidential until they were announced prior to Saturday’s spring exhibition game with Ashland.
Ashland won the game 31-20. The Flyers opened the scoring when Cook hit Chisholm for a seven-yard score in the first quarter, and in the third, backup Cole Dow ran for one score and hit Joe Swanson for another TD.
Former Flyer tight end Adam Trautman addressed the team on the field after the game. Trautman is coming off a rookie season with the New Orleans Saint, where he caught 15 passes for 171 yards in one touchdown.
Chisholm led FCS football all-purpose yardage as a sophomore in 2019, averaging 204.3 yards per game. He averaged 112.9 yards a game rushing, 23.6 yard per kick return on 29 returns, and caught 21 passes for 230 yards. His 7.4 yards per carry average led the PFL and is second in FCS. He finished 2019 with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
Cook is the FCS active career leader in passing efficiency (162.0) and led FCS in points responsible for per game (24.7) in 2019. He was also top five in passing efficiency (3rd, 169.1) and passing touchdowns (4th, 33).
Easterling was named a 2019 FCS All-American by HERO Sports, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press and STATS FCS. He was a finalist for FCS Stats’ Buck Buchanan Award, which goes annually to the top defensive player in FCS football. He led FCS football in solo tackles (7.5) and was second in total tackles (12.7).
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