Day, Farley, Martin, Schmidt and Smith Selected As 2015 Football Captains

Nick Martin and Sheldon Day both joined the list of multi-time Notre Dame football captains after being tabbed for the honor for the second time in 2015

Aug. 27, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Senior defensive lineman Sheldon Day, graduate cornerback Matthias Farley, graduate center Nick Martin, graduate linebacker Joe Schmidt and junior linebacker Jaylon Smith have been named captains for the 2015 University of Notre Dame football team. 

The five-player captain contingent is the largest season-long collection of captains for the Irish since 2007, when Tom Zbikowski, Travis Thomas, John Carlson, John Sullivan and Maurice Crum Jr. served as team captains. Day and Martin are the 20th and 21st different two-time captains in program history after previously serving in the role in 2014, with Smith joining the duo to represent three Indiana natives among the 2015 captains.

Day (Indianapolis, Indiana/Warren Central) has appeared in 35 career games for the Irish during his first three seasons, starting 11 contests in 2014. Day has recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and added two fumble recoveries at Notre Dame. His 40 total tackles in 2014 were the second-most among all Irish defensive linemen, as were his nine quarterback hurries and 7.5 tackles for loss.

Farley (Charlotte, North Carolina/Christian) has played in 39 games during his Notre Dame career, including 23 starts. Farley has added seven interceptions, including a career-high four in 2014, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a member of the Irish secondary. Farley is the third defensive back in as many seasons to be named a Notre Dame team captain (Bennett Jackson, 2013; Austin Collinsworth, 2014).

Martin (Indianapolis, Indiana/Bishop Chatard) has played in 37 games on the Notre Dame offensive line over the past three seasons, starting all 13 games in 2014 at center (three games) and left guard (10 games). Martin’s brother and current Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman, Zack Martin, was also a two-time Notre Dame captain in 2012-13. The Martins become the first pair of brothers to serve as team captains for the Notre Dame football team over multiple seasons, and are only the second brother combination in program history to be named captain along with Bob Golic (1978) and Mike Golic Sr. (1984).

Schmidt (Orange, California/Mater Dei), who was selected as the 2014 Notre Dame Most Valuable Player, has appeared in 31 games at linebacker after notching the first eight starts of his career last season. Schmidt led the Irish with 65 tackles (42 solo), a 0.5 tackle for loss and the first two forced fumbles of his career before suffering a season-ending injury against Navy in 2014.

Smith (Fort Wayne, Indiana/Bishop Luers) is the second true junior to be selected as a Notre Dame captain in as many seasons, joining Day in 2014. Smith has started all 26 games over his first two seasons at linebacker for the Irish, making 179 tackles (106 solo) and adding 15.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He has also contributed two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and one interception during his Notre Dame career.

More than two hundred student-athletes, including this year's quintet, have served as permanent Irish football captains during the program's storied 127-year history.


1887: Henry Luhn

1888: Edward Prudhomme

1889: Edward Prudhomme

1892: Pat Coady

1893: Frank Keough

1894: Frank Keough

1895: Dan Casey

1896: Frank E. Hering

1897: Jack Mullen

1898: Jack Mullen

1899: Jack Mullen

1900: John Farley

1901: Al Fortin

1902: Louis (Red) Salmon

1903: Louis (Red) Salmon

1904: Frank Shaughnessy

1905: Pat Beacom

1906: Bob Bracken

1907: Dom Callicrate

1908: Harry Miller

1909: Howard Edwards

1910: Ralph Dimmick

1911: Luke Kelly

1912: Charles (Gus) Dorais

1913: Knute Rockne

1914: Keith Jones

1915: Freeman Fitzgerald

1916: Stan Cofall

1917: Jim Phelan

1918: Leonard Bahan

1919: Leonard Bahan

1920: Frank Coughlin

1921: Eddie Anderson

1922: Glen Carberry

1923: Harvey Brown

1924: Adam Walsh

1925: Clem Crowe

1926: Gene Edwards, Tom Hearden

1927: John Smith

1928: Fred Miller

1929: John Law

1930: Tom Conley

1931: Tommy Yarr

1932: Paul Host

1933: Hugh Devore, Tom Gorman

1934: Dom Vairo

1935: Joe Sullivan

1936: Bill Smith, John Lautar

1937: Joe Zwers

1938: Jim McGoldrick

1939: Johnny Kelly

1940: Milt Piepul

1941: Paul Lillis

1942: George Murphy

1943: Pat Filley

1944: Pat Filley

1945: Frank Dancewicz

1947: George Connor

1948: Bill Fischer

1949: Leon Hart, Jim Martin

1950: Jerry Groom

1951: Jim Mutscheller

1952: Jack Alessandrini

1953: Don Penza

1954: Paul Matz, Dan Shannon

1955: Ray Lemek

1956: Jim Morse

1957: Dick Prendergast, Ed Sullivan

1958: Al Ecuyer, Chuck Puntillo

1959: Ken Adamson

1960: Myron Pottios

1961: Norb Roy, Nick Buoniconti

1962: Mike Lind

1963: Bob Lehmann

1964: Jim Carroll

1965: Phil Sheridan

1966: Jim Lynch

1967: Bob (Rocky) Bleier

1968: George Kunz, Bob Olson

1969: Bob Olson, Mike Oriard

1970: Larry DiNardo, Tim Kelly

1971: Walt Patulski, Tom Gatewood

1972: John Dampeer, Greg Marx

1973: Dave Casper, Frank Pomerico,
Mike Townsend

1974: Tom Clements, Greg Collins

1975: Ed Bauer, Jim Stock

1976: Mark McLane, Willie Fry

1977: Ross Browner, Terry Eurick, 
Willie Fry, Steve Orsini

1978: Bob Golic, Jerome Heavens, 
Joe Montana

1979: Vagas Ferguson, Tim Foley, 
Dave Waymer

1980: Bob Crable, Tom Gibbons, 
John Scully

1981: Bob Crable, Phil Carter

1982: Phil Carter, Dave Duerson, 
Mark Zavagnin

1983: Blair Kiel, Stacey Toran

1984: Mike Golic, Joe Johnson, 
Larry Williams

1985: Tony Furjanic, Mike Larkin, 
Allen Pinkett, Tim Scannell

1986: Mike Kovaleski

1987: Chuck Lanza, Byron Spruell

1988: Ned Bolcar, Mark Green,
Andy Heck

1989: Ned Bolcar, Anthony Johnson,
Tony Rice

1990: Mike Heldt, Todd Lyght, 
Ricky Watters, Chris Zorich

1991: Rodney Culver

1992: Demetrius DuBose, Rick Mirer

1993: Jeff Burris, Tim Ruddy, 
Aaron Taylor, Bryant Young

1994: Lee Becton, Justin Goheen, 
Brian Hamilton, Ryan Leahy

1995: Paul Grasmanis, Ryan Leahy,
 Derrick Mayes, Shawn Wooden,
 Dusty Zeigler

1996: Lyron Cobbins, Marc Edwards, 
Ron Powlus

1997: Melvin Dansby, Ron Powlus, 
Allen Rossum

1998: Bobbie Howard, Kory Minor,
 Mike Rosenthal

1999: Jarious Jackson

2000: Anthony Denman,
 Jabari Holloway, Grant Irons, 
Dan O'Leary

2001: Rocky Boiman, David Givens, 
Grant Irons, Anthony Weaver

2002: Arnaz Battle, Sean Mahan,
 Gerome Sapp, Shane Walton

2003: Darrell Campbell, Vontez Duff, 
Omar Jenkins, Jim Molinaro

2004: Mike Goolsby, Ryan Grant, 
Carlyle Holiday, Justin Tuck

2005: Brady Quinn, Brandon Hoyte

2006: Brady Quinn, Tom Zbikowski,
 Travis Thomas

2007: Tom Zbikowski, Travis Thomas,
 John Carlson, John Sullivan,
 Maurice Crum Jr.

2008: David Bruton, Maurice Crum Jr., 
David Grimes

2009: Jimmy Clausen, Kyle McCarthy,
 Eric Olsen, Scott Smith

2010: Game-by-Game

2011: Harrison Smith

2012: Manti Te'o,
 Kapron Lewis-Moore,
Zack Martin, Tyler Eifert

2013: Zack Martin, TJ Jones,
 Bennett Jackson

2014: Austin Collinsworth, 
Sheldon Day, Nick Martin, 
Cam McDaniel
2015: Sheldon Day, Matthias Farley, Nick Martin, Joe Schmidt, Jaylon Smith

Three-time captain: Jack Mullen (1897-99)

Two-time captains: Leonard Bahan (1918-19); Ned Bolcar (1988-89); Phil Carter (1981-82); Bob Crable (1980-81); Maurice Crum Jr. (2007-08); Sheldon Day (2014-15); Pat Filley (1943-44); Willie Fry (1976-77); Grant Irons (2000-01); Frank Keough (1893-94); Ryan Leahy (1994-95); Nick Martin (2014-15); Zack Martin (2012-13); Bob Olson (1968-69); Ron Powlus (1996-97); Edward Prudhomme (1888-89); Brady Quinn (2005-06); Louis "Red" Salmon (1902-03); Travis Thomas (2006-07); Tom Zbikowski (2006-07)




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