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San Diego State Football Announces Team Captains

Leon McFadden has been named one of the team captains for the upcoming 2012 football season.
Leon McFadden has been named one of the team captains for the upcoming 2012 football season.

Aug. 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State head coach Rocky Long announced that seniors Leon McFadden, Walter Kazee and Dominique Sandifer have been named football team captains for the upcoming 2012 season. This year, the special teams captain will be selected on a week-by-week basis and Eric Pinkins will lead the group at Washington.

McFadden, a senior defensive back from Inglewood, Calif., has played in 38 games in his three seasons as an Aztec. McFadden had a solid season last year recording 46 tackles in 13 contests, had two interceptions and averaged almost six yards per carry on punt returns. McFadden ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West for the second consecutive year and 12th nationally in passes defended with 17, including six more breakups than any other player in the league. He enters 2012 as the preseason Mountain West defensive player of the year.

Kazee, a senior running back from San Bernardino, Calif., has tallied 1,030 total yards in his 30-game career at SDSU. Kazee had one of his best seasons last year in becoming SDSU's second-leading rusher with 339 yards on 74 carries and four scores. He was also effective in the passing game as he tallied eight catches for 89 yards (11.1 ypc).

Sandifer, a senior wide receiver from Gardena, Calif., is a two-year letterwinner who had his 2011 season derailed by injury. Prior to his setback, he played in 23 straight games from 2009-2010 in 2010 and was part of the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl team. He is one of two senior wide receivers, but the only one to have worn a SDSU uniform. In his two seasons, he has tallied 561 yards, averaging 11.5 yards per reception.

Pinkins, a hard-hitting junior defensive back from Sacramento, Calif., is coming off a 2011 season in which he appeared in all 13 games. Prior to redshirting in 2010, he was one of seven true freshmen to see action in 2009 (seven games played). For his career Pinkins has 32 tackles, including a career-high five vs. Boise State last year.

San Diego State opens the season this Saturday at Washington. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT, and the game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.