April 20, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team has named four players who will serve as captains this fall.
Two returning captains, junior defensive back Darrien Furr (East Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) and senior linebacker John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS), will join a pair of seniors, offensive lineman Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) and defensive back Ross O'Toole (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), who will be making their debuts as captains.
O'Toole led the Corsairs last year with 81 tackles and 37 solo stops. He had two interceptions, one and a half tackles for lost yardage, and blocked a kick. Cordasco was second with 80 tackles and 35 solo stops. He had 11 tackles for lost yardage, including a sack, broke up three passes, forced four fumbles, and recovered two. He intercepted three passes and returned them for 76 yards, including a touchdown. Furr had 40 tackles, including 27 solos. He had four and a half tackles for lost yardage, broke up eight passes, blocked a kick, forced a fumble, recovered two fumbles, and intercepted three passes and returned them for a total of 70 yards. Furr also returned a kickoff for 21 yards. Yarbough started all season long and is a two-year starter at offensive tackle and a three-year letter winner.
"We have outstanding leadership coming into the season, and I'm very excited about it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "John and Darrien are definitely the emotional leaders of the entire team. We're very fortunate to have those two back again to lead us in what is hopefully an improved 2011 campaign."
Each of the four brings leadership credentials. "Darrien is a great player who is very passionate about this football program," said Robichaud. "He is doing everything in his power to make sure that players stay focused during the off-season. John is completely committed to UMass Dartmouth and the football program. He is in the weight room five or six days a week, has broken numerous weightlifting records this off-season, and has the potential to be one of the best players in the New England Football Conference. Ross has overcome a little bit of adversity, and has worked his tail off in the classroom and the weight room, and has the respect of all the players and all the coaches. Robert is the lone offensive captain, and his personality is different than the other captains. Robert is very stoic and has the respect of the entire program because of the way he performs on the field and how he carries himself. I'm very pleased with our leaders for the upcoming season."
The Corsairs open the 2011 season Friday evening, September 2nd at home against Mount Ida.
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