Mick Stoltenberg

Mick Stoltenberg, along with Jerald Foster and Luke Gifford, are three fifth-year senior captains from Nebraska. 

LINCOLN — Three Nebraska captains took the podium to speak to media members Monday afternoon. And they all had something in common.

“We’re fifth-year guys, fifth-year seniors, all from the state of Nebraska,” nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg said. “I think it’s an awesome, awesome tradition we’re kind of keeping going.”

Stoltenberg (Gretna) and former Lincoln Southeast teammates Jerald Foster and Luke Gifford were voted captains along with wide receiver Stanley Morgan late last week before coach Scott Frost announced it in a team meeting. The news came as a surprise to players and outsiders considering Frost had said only days before that Nebraska might go with week-by-week captains this season.

All three Nebraska natives grew up Husker fans.

“Man, I can’t even explain it to you,” Gifford said. “Literally a dream come true; (I’ve) been thinking about it ever since I was little. And to know that that’s what the guys think of me and that I’m able to represent them is awesome.”

Foster, a two-time captain, said it’s “extraordinary” to serve in a leadership role with friends he’s known and trusted for so long.

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