Penn State announces 2016 captains for football team


Penn State football coach James Franklin has announced that seniors Brandon Bell, Brian Gaia and Von Walker have been voted as team captains for the 2016 season by their teammates.

Walker is a team captain for the second consecutive year.

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Bell started 11 games last season and finished third on the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 32nd nationally in forced fumbles with three.

Gaia was the only offensive lineman to start every game last season. For his final season, he is moving into the center position.

Walker earned a scholarship in April 2015 after two seasons as a walk-on, including a move from running back to linebacker during 2014 spring practice. Walker appeared in 13 games last season and made two starts. He tied for fifth on the team with seven special teams tackles, including a team-best six on punt coverage. Overall, Walker made 10 stops (six solo) with a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He has also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors last year.