I am all ranty today. Which is good I guess. As much as I try and be positive and orange colored glasses-y, I have one quick beef with the Oregon State University coaching staff.
“What is the criteria for a captain?”
Is it someone that will do anything asked, move to any position without a complaint? Is it someone that excels in the weight room, is always prepared and works so hard that it inspires their teammates? Is it someone that never hurts you off the field and does so much in school that they are on track to graduate early?
Is it someone that no matter what the score is, is always competing and always doing their job at the highest possible level?
If those are the criteria, then I see that in the team captains. I see that in Sean Mannion, In Isaac Seumalo, in Michael Doctor and in Ryan Murphy.
But I see it in Dylan Wynn too.
You can make a case for any of the starters, for any of the guys that work their butts off to get better and make the team better. But you also need to look at the job they have. Dylan has to help prepare all new tackles to play as well as new defensive ends. He has to be the guy that pulls players aside and gives them advice or corrects them at the line because he knows what to do and is the leader of that line. That line with only him returning from last year’s starters.
Last year Dylan was one of five captains. Now the NCAA rule is that there are only four captains, yet last year they still had five guys walk out there. Is there something that Dylan did to take his name off that list? With the graduation of Reynolds and Cooks, two of last year’s captains, is there a reason Dylan was not part of the current group.
Ultimately, Dylan is going to play amazing regardless of his status as captain. Yet at the same time, I am not sure there is a reason he should not be a captain, and more importantly, should have been demoted. I respect Ryan, Michael and Isaac immensely, and reading those names in the captains list didn’t seem out of place. It was just the absence of Dylan that made me pause. A four year starter and one of the hearts and souls of the defense, or special teams or whatever he does, should have been on that list as well. Even if they have to rotate which four go out at coin toss time. It just seems right to me.