Steve Addazio knew, but he wasn’t talking.
The team had already voted for its 2014 captains, the ballots had been tallied and the winners ascertained, but the Boston College coach wouldn’t reveal the names at his news conference on Monday.
He wasn’t being secretive, he didn’t disagree and wasn’t demanding a recount. He just hadn’t announced it to the team yet, and he wasn’t about to announce it to the public before his players.
All Addazio would say, when pressed for some comment, was “Not shocking, [the team picked] great guys. They got it right.”
Once he finally told the team, at a meeting later Monday, the Eagles announced via Twitter that quarterback-turned-wideout Josh Bordner, linebacker Sean Duggan, center Andy Gallik and defensive back Dominique Williams had been voted BC’s 2014 captains:
— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) August 25, 2014
Former BC captain Kasim Edebali, now fighting for a spot with the New Orleans Saints, tweeted a message of encouragement after the announcement. BC athletic director Brad Bates sent along his congratulations, and freshman running back Jon Hilliman added a message of his own:
Congrats to the big bros Neek, Duggan, Bordner, and AG on being selected team captains! HUGE honor for some great players! Much respect✊
— Chestnut Hilliman (@J_M_H23) August 26, 2014
Bordner, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound graduate student, served as backup QB the past three seasons (going 4-for-8 for 61 yards and one interception and rushing nine times for 100 yards and two TDs) before switching to wideout in the offseason. Duggan, a 6-4, 250-pound senior, has 79 tackles to his credit in three years at BC and is slated to be the starting middle linebacker in 2014. Gallik, a 6-3, 304-pound graduate student, is a three-year starter at center with 28 starts to his credit. Williams, a 6-foot, 220-pound graduate student, has 83 tackles in 34 games in his career as a defensive back.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.