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Manchester University names 2017 captains

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Five members of the Class of 2018 and one from the Class of 2019 make up the captain list for the 2017 Manchester University football team. The honorees were introduced over @MU_SpartanFB Twitter Monday, May 17.

Coach Nate Jensen and his staff named senior wide receiver Dakota Nelson (Fairland, Ind.); senior wide receiver Bailey Partington (Lapel, Ind.); senior linebacker Mitch Oskam (St. John, Ind.); senior linebacker Jack Kay (Williamsport, Ind.); senior offensive lineman Eric Beard (Findlay, Ohio); and junior offensive lineman Brady Nyland (Avon, Ind.) as the group leading the Spartans on and off the gridiron. "It was a diligent process," Jensen noted. "We see the captains' roles in the program as the most important that our athletes can hold, so everyone who wanted to do so had to submit a cover letter, resume and references as well as go through an interview and so on. Our coaching staff felt (the process) gave them a 'real world' glimpse of how it will be when they want to go into their career. They cannot just be named to a job, and this is no different. We were looking for men of conviction and integrity, and we feel we have a group that will continue to take this program where we want it to go."

Nelson looks to return to his high-flying play as a wide out and in special teams after compiling just under 2000 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving and better than 2000 yards in kickoff and punt returns combined to go along with seven scores over his first three seasons. Partington has been an off-and-on fixture for the offense, too, playing in 11 games as a sophomore and junior with an average of nearly nine yards per catch. Beard and Nyland are among the leaders along the offensive front for Manchester University, each appearing in 16 contests over the past two years. Kay and Oskam have shown to be a force to be reckoned with for opposing offenses, as Kay averaged almost 10 tackles a game and was only three shy of 100 as a junior, and Oskam is a three-year starter who's registered 110 tackles with 10.5 coming for losses and two sacks in 27 games.

The Black and Gold open the season Thursday, Aug. 31, traveling to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and in-state rival Trine University.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
St. Thomas at Berry
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Wesley at Brockport
1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
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Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
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