Aug. 29, 2004
A pair of seniors, linebacker Justin Crooks and wide receiver Marques Roberts, along with sophomore punter Daniel Sepulveda, have been selected by their teammates as captains for the 2004 football season, second-year coach Guy Morriss announced following Sunday's practice on the Floyd Casey Stadium turf. The trio were selected by a team vote earlier in the day.
"I thought all three of them were good choices," said Morriss. "We challenged the team Friday to really think about it for a couple of days and that it just wasn't about popularity and that sort of stuff. We need somebody who leads us on the field as well as off it and do a good job representing this football program and the university.
"We take it real seriously as coaches and I think the vote reflects that the players also put some thought into it," he added. "I was pleased with the three that they picked."
Crooks, a native of Round Rock, Texas, was selected as Baylor's defensive captain and is a member of the Football Writers Association of America's 2004 Bronko Nagurski National Watch List, which is a compilation of college football's best defensive players regardless of position. The Bears' second-leading tackler as a junior in 2003, Crooks was credited with 72 stops, including 45 solos, a year ago. He also ranked second on the team in tackles for loss with 9.5 for 21 yards, and had a quarterback sack, six quarterback hurries, a team-high three fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. In addition to being one of eight Big 12 players on the Nagurski Watch List, Crooks was a 2004 honorable mention preseason All-America selection by Street & Smith's magazine.
One of Baylor's most-experienced receivers, Roberts will serve as the Bears' offensive captain. He begins his final Green and Gold season needing just 26 receptions to crack the Bears' all-time top 10 list and 348 yards to become the school's 21st career 1,000-yard receiver. A Luling, Texas, product, Roberts started all 12 games for Baylor a year ago and finished the season with 25 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns to rank second (tie) on the squad. For his career, he has 51 receptions for 652 yards with five touchdowns.
A 2004 Ray Guy Award candidate after earning first-team All-Big 12 honors as a freshman in 2003, Sepulveda, who hails from Dallas, will captain the Baylor special teams. Despite not having any previous punting experience, Sepulveda earned 2003 first-team All-Big 12 honors from College Football News.com and second-team recognition from the league's coaches after ranking third in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally (fifth nationally among all freshman punters) with his 43.1 yard punting average. Baylor's 2003 special teams MVP, he also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors and was named to The Sporting News' freshman All-Big 12 squad while also earning honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition from Associated Press. Sepulveda recorded a BU single-season record 26 punts of 50 or more yards and had at least one such punt in every game.
The Bears worked for 60 minutes Sunday afternoon covering the on-field pre-game routine they'll utilize throughout the season. The team will take Monday off and return to work Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's season-opener at UAB.
Marques Roberts was selected as Baylor's offensive team captain by a team vote Sunday. Justin Crooks and Daniel Sepulveda were also elected to lead the 2004 Baylor football team.