The Colorado football team has elected seven players, including six seniors, as captains for the upcoming season.

The seniors elected were linebacker Rick Gamboa, safety Nick Fisher, punter, Alex Kinney and receivers Kabion Ento, Jay MacIntyre and Juwann Winfree. Junior offensive lineman Aaron Haigler was also elected.

"I'm excited about the guys who they elected to be the captains for the 2018 Buffaloes," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said in an press release. "Their teammates did a great job in picking them out. This is something the players have always taken seriously, and this year they deliberated for 45 minutes. I actually told them four-to-six captains is an optimum number, and they asked if we could have seven, which is fine since they felt that strongly about this group. They're going to do a great job and I'm really pleased with the players that they elected."

Colorado safety Nick Fisher is looking to become a full-time starter this season.
Colorado safety Nick Fisher is looking to become a full-time starter this season. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Gamboa is the 14th player in school history to be named a captain twice. Six of the two-time captains have come during MacIntyre's tenure: quarterback Sefo Liufau and running back Phillip Lindsay were three-time captains, while linebackers Addison Gillam and Kenneth Olugbode and receiver Nelson Spruce were two-time captains.

Gamboa has started 37 consecutive games and enters this season with 292 career tackles, eight shy of becoming the 16th player in CU history to reach 300.

Jay MacIntyre has 18 career starts and is CU's top returning receiver, having caught 28 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Ento and Winfree are both former junior college transfers who have emerged as leaders off the field during their time in Boulder. Both have shown the ability to be among the top receivers in the Pac-12.


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Fisher is aiming to be a full-time starter for the first time in his career. He's active in the community and has shown great leadership skills on and off campus.

Kinney is entering his fourth season as the Buffs' punter and could be one of the best in the country this season.

Haigler has emerged as a leader for a young offensive line this offseason. He has 16 career starts and is projected to start at one of the tackle spots this season.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33