"We are thrilled to announce our 2018 captains," Wilkerson said. "I don't think we could have come up with four more outstanding young men who embody the culture we strive to achieve. Certainly the team felt strongly about their selections and so did the coaching staff.
"These four are passionate about everything they do – guys with true grit," he continued. "We want great ambassadors who are going to represent our family well on and off the field. Guys who will make good decisions and are committed to the team, their teammates and the total UChicago experience. They are unselfish leaders who have put the time in and continue to make the most of their opportunities. I look forward to watching them continue to grow as men and lead our football team this fall."
Vincent will serve as a captain for a second year. The incoming senior safety was named All-MWC during the 2017 season and led the team with four interceptions. Overall, he totaled 42 tackles, two tackles for loss, eight passes defended and two fumble recoveries. He also returned 20 punts for a 9.9 yards average.
Entering into the 2018 season, Kurzydlowski holds the school record for field goals made in a single game as well as season PATs made and season points kicking. The incoming senior kicker/punter made 31 of 32 PATs during the 2017 season and 9 of 11 field goals. Kurzydlowski averaged 35.0 yards per punt.
Atiyeh played in all 10 games in 2017 at his linebacker position. The incoming junior totaled 60 tackles, four tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble over the course of the season.
Nepa averaged 15.4 yards per catch at wide receiver for the Maroons. The incoming junior totaled 18 receptions for 278 yards. He also caught four touchdowns, including a 70-yard score at Illinois College. In the school's season records, he ranks fifth in receptions and sixth in receiving yards.
The 2017 Maroons posted a 6-4 overall record and finished second in the Midwest Conference North Division. The 2018 season will open at Washington University – St. Louis on September 1 at 6:00 PM.