Riley names OSU's 2012 season captains

JORDAN POYER

MIKE RILEY HAS announced the Beavers' team captains for the 2012 season. Three seniors and one sophomore -- the first in program history -- will lead the Beavs this season.

Riley announced that Jordan Poyer, Andrew Seumalo, Markus Wheaton and Sean Mannion have been named 2012 team captains.

Poyer, Seumalo and Wheaton are seniors, Mannion is the first sophomore ever at Oregon State to be named as a team captain.

Mannion, who started 10 games for the Beavers last season as a redshirt freshman in 2011, finished the year with 3,328 yards passing, 16 TDs, 18 INTs and completed 64.5 percent (305 out of 473) of his passes.

He was named to the Freshman All-America team by the Football Writers Association of America.

Wheaton, the other offensive captain, just missed the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career with 986 yards last year (the 10th-most in OSU single season history) on 73 receptions including a career-long 69-yard connection from Mannion. Wheaton currently has 1,750 receiving yards in his career, knocking on the door of OSU's career top 10.

Poyer, generally regarded as of the top senior cornerbacks in the Pac-12 and nationwide, started all 12 games last season. He led the Beavers with four interceptions and 12 passes broken up earning All-Pac-12 second team honors. Poyer is also one of the top kickoff and punt returners in the conference.

Seumalo, the son of OSU defensive line coach Joe Seumalo and the brother of incoming Beaver Isaac Seumalo, started 11 games at defensive tackle in 2011. He had been part of the defensive line rotation for most of the previous two seasons before moving into the starting lineup last year. He finished the year with 34 tackles, including 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. Also a standout special teams player, he blocked two kicks against UCLA last year.

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