WORCESTER, Mass. – Assumption Football Head Coach Bob Chesney is pleased to announce his captains for the 2017 season in seniors Andrew Benson (East Bridgewater, Mass. / East Bridgewater), Joe Bruno (Old Forge, Pa. / Old Forge), Ashton Grant (Manchester, Conn. / Manchester / East Coast Prep), Marc Monks (Annandale, N.J. / North Hunterdon) and junior James McNerney (Northvale, N.J. / Saint Joseph Regional).
"Our captains are selected by their peers, which is a huge honor," said Chesney. "These young men were selected because they lived the standard set by last year's team. Andrew, Ashton, James, Joey and Marc now need to raise the current standard to a higher level and then hold their teammates accountable to that standard. Becoming a captain is just the start and it is how they handle the day to day operation that will determine this team's success."
The quintet will look to lead to the Hounds to the top of the conference once again, after accumulating 20 victories over the past two seasons and a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament. All five served as starters last season as Assumption went 9-3 and reached the NCAA First Round, with all three of its losses coming against teams ranked in top-15.
Benson returns to the program for a fifth year after earning All-Conference and All-Region honors a season ago. The safety finished second on the team with 88 tackles, to go along with six interceptions, 12 pass breakups and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Bruno, meanwhile, was an anchor on the defensive line and earned All-Conference honors by leading all lineman with 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks, along with 10.5 tackles for a loss.
Grant broke out to earn NE10 Offensive Player of the Year and All-Region honors as a wide receiver last year. He set a program single-season record with 13 touchdown receptions in ten games while catching 69 passes for 919 total yards. In his first full year as a starter, Monks was named Second-Team All-Conference after completing 56 percent of his passes for school records of 2,803 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just ten interceptions. McNerney anchored the Assumption line as its starting center, helping to pave the way for the highest scoring offense in the league while allowing just ten sacks all season.
Assumption opens its 2017 campaign on the road against Kutztown on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 12:05 pm.