For the first time during his tenure as Nebraska coach, Bo Pelini has named team captains before the season.
Previously under Pelini, the Huskers had selected captains from offense, defense and special teams for each game. At the end of the season, they voted on their season captains.
That's changing for 2013. Pelini has named four seniors -- quarterback Taylor Martinez, defensive back Ciante Evans, offensive lineman Spencer Long and receiver Quincy Enunwa -- as captains for this full season.
The move was first reported by former Nebraska player and radio broadcaster Matt Davison. A team official later confirmed it to ESPN.com.
Why has Pelini changed policies? We won't know for sure until we hear from the coach, who's busy running camps that started today in Lincoln. He may have thought that this team needs more identifiable player ownership after some big-game failures in the past couple of years. Or this may just be a special group of seniors. We know that all four are very talented, highly-respected players for Nebraska.
That three of them are from the offensive side of the ball says a lot about the lack of veterans on defense. Truth is, the Huskers -- like any championship team -- will need lots of leadership from different areas this year if they want to reach their goals.