The Canes Football Twitter account announced that Brad Kaaya, Punter Justin Vogel, Right Guard Danny Isidora and Safety Jamal Carter will serve as the captains in the season opener against Florida A&M. The ‘Canes will kick off the new season in the completely renovated Hard Rock Stadium (previously Dolphins Stadium among other names).
Kaaya begins his third year as a starter. He ranks ninth all-time in touchdown passes and fifth in passing yards. He is expected to be picked in the top five in the 2017 NFL draft, no later than second in the majority of the mock drafts. Kaaya finished second in passing yards to Clemson’s DeShaun Watson, the favorite to capture the Heisman Trophy
Vogel is the lone Hurricane on the first-team preseason All-ACC team. He received an even 100 votes. He is only one of 13 players on the All-ACC team to received at least 100 votes. Vogel is the second leading returning punter in the ACC. Virginia’s Nicholas Conte was second in the ACC last season at 44.7 yards per punt. Vogel averaged 42.5. Five of the top seven punters in the ACC were seniors last season.
Isidora enters his senior season and his third as a starter. His missed the first ten games of his redshirt freshman season in 2013 with a foot injury. Isidora is ranked as the 12th best offensive guard going into the 2017 NFL Draft according to NFL Draft Scout. He has started all 26 games the last two seasons.