Football Names 2008 Team Captains

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College football team held its 16th annual spring picnic and announced its 2008 team captains.

Sean Matthews, Steve Scanlon, Jeremiah Santiago, Pat Bell, and Chet Turner earned the honor to lead the Wolverines during the 2008 season.

The Wolverines also named Blair Newman the Outstanding Spring Player at the picnic for his excellence during spring practice.

Matthews earns his second nod as a team captain.  In 2007, the senior led the team with 113 tackles, including 14.5 for loss.  From Pennsauken, New Jersey, Matthews also had a sack, an interception, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles to his credit.  He was named All-ACFC, All-South Region by D3football.com and ECAC All-Southwest after the season.  Matthews is also a member of the ACFC All-Academic Team.

Scanlon, a senior fullback from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in 2007.  The graduate of Cherry Hill East High School was named to the ACFC All-Academic Team.

Santiago, a strong safety from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey,   He made 56 tackles on the season, including four for loss.  Santiago intercepted two passes and broke up eight more and also had a forced fumble to his credit in 2007.

Bell, a a center from Galloway, New Jersey, led an offensive line that allowed the offensive to churn out school records with 3,237 rushing yards and 6,192 total yards.  The offense ranked ninth in the nation in yards per game and 20th in rushing offense.  At 1.08 sacks allowed per game, the offensive line anchored by Erdman ranked 18th in Division III.  The All-ACFC pick is a graduate of Holy Spirit High School.

Turner, a junior defensive back, led the secondary with six interceptions to tie Wesley's single season mark.  He added 11 pass breakups to lead the team. He was named All-ACFC, All-South Region and All-American by D3football.com and was an ECAC All-Southwest selection.

Newman, a local product of Caesar Rodney High School, turned in a great spring season.  In 2007, he was named All-ACFC after leading the conference and finishing 14th in Division III in punt returns with an average of 12.5 yards per return that included a 67-yard touchdown return in a win over Newport News.  As a receiver, he caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Wesley, who finished 11-2 in 2008 and won its third straight ACFC Championship on its way to the NCAA Quarterfinals, will be the 'Road Warriors' in 2008.  Seven of Wesley's 10 regular season games will be on the road, beginning with a game at Christopher Newport on September 6.  The Wolverines home opener is two weeks later, when Widener visits Scott Miller Stadium on September 20.