Wednesday, June 22, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa--Fifth-year senior cornerback and punt-return specialist Michael Lahart has been voted by his teammates and coaches to be captain of the 2011 Drake football team, head coach Chris Creighton announced on Wednesday.
"Michael is highly respected by everyone in our program and will represent us well," said Creighton. "We expect all of our upperclassmen to take a leadership role in our program and Michael will be the centerpiece."
Lahart, a graduate of Chariton (Iowa) High School, started all 11 games in 2010 and earned honorable mention All-Pioneer Football League honors as both a cornerback and return specialist. He also earned first-team Academic All-Pioneer Football League honors.
"It's a great honor to have been voted captain by my peers and coaches," Lahart said. "I look forward to the upcoming season and what we can accomplish as a team to achieve the goals we have set."
Lahart ranked third on the team in 2010 with 51.5 tackles, and had one interception and 11 pass breakups. He has led the Pioneer Football League in punt-return average each of the past two seasons (13.5 in 2010; 10.6 in '09). In his career, Lahart has been part of touchdowns scored via five different methods: Interception return (2010), punt return (2010), blocked kick return (2009), rush (2008) and pass (2008).