Wide receiver Matt Aiken and inside linebacker Cody Peterson were elected captains of the Navy football team for next season, coach Ken Niumatalolo announced at the team banquet on Friday night.
“Being elected team captain at the Naval Academy is one of the highest honors you can receive at an institution that prides itself on producing great leaders,” Niumatalolo said. “Cody and Matt are great leaders on and off the field and there is no question in my mind that they will do a great job. They both work extremely hard and will set an example for the entire team.”
After injuring his knee in the preseason and missing the first four games, Aiken caught seven passes for 61 yards, including the game-winning 20-yard reception in a 31-30 victory over Indiana. In his career, the 6-foot, 195-pounder from Roanoke, Va. has 20 catches for 264 yards and four touchdowns.
Peterson, a resident of Olympia, Wash., started the final eight games in 2012, finishing with 67 tackles, including two for losses, and a forced fumble. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder had 14 tackles against Army and 10 against Air Force, helping Navy reclaim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
Players honored at the banquet were freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds (E.E. “Rip” Miller Award — MVP), senior linebacker Keegan Wetzel (Roger Staubach Award — leadership, Jeffrey R. Korn Award – scholar athlete, and Cmdr. Ralph Sentmann Award — senior with highest class rank), senior slot back Gee Gee Greene (Joe Bellino Award — inspiring on-field performance and Napoleon McCallum Award — senior with the most all-purpose yards), senior slot back John Howell (First Lt. Ron Winchester Unsung Hero Award), senior offensive guard Josh Cabral (Ralph Fitzinger Memorial Award — interior lineman leadership), senior linebacker Matt Warrick (Cooke Award — team spirit), and freshman quarterback Rafi Montalvo (Collins/Roos Class of 1949 Junior Varsity MVP Award — junior varsity MVP). Montalvo, who led the JV to a 3-2 record, is at home in Miami recovering from a Thanksgiving Day auto accident.
In addition, senior offensive tackle Ryan Paulson, sophomore punter Pablo Beltran, and freshman kicker Nick Sloan were honored for being named to the coaches All-East team (ECAC).