April 26, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.), senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.), senior fullback Frank Herlihy (West Seneca, N.Y.) and senior linebacker Chris Nielsen (Center Line, Mich.) will serve as the captains of the 2006 Holy Cross football team, it was announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. This will mark the 11th time in school history that the Crusaders have had four captains, with the last occasion coming in 2003.
Adams led the Holy Cross defense with 115 total tackles last season, including 97 solo stops, four tackles for loss and one sack. He finished the year as the national leader in solo tackles with an average of 8.8 per game, while ranking 21st in the country in total tackles. Adams' top game last season came against Colgate, when he set a career high with 21 solo tackles, the most tackles in a game by a Crusader since the 1993 season. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 208 total tackles, 166 solo stops and six tackles for loss.
Gough was named second team All-Patriot League in 2005, after ranking fourth on the team with 45 total tackles, including 40 solo stops and three tackles for loss. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions for 53 yards and a touchdown, while ranking second on the squad with six pass breakups. In addition, Gough had nine kickoff returns for 305 yards and a touchdown, good for an average of 33.9 yards per return. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Gough now has 93 total tackles (81 solo), four interceptions and 14 pass breakups, in addition to returning 24 kickoffs for 738 yards (30.8 yard average).
Herlihy served as the lead blocker for All-America running back Steve Silva during each of the last two seasons, with Silva leading the nation in all-purpose yards this past fall. He also rushed six times for 25 yards last season, while catching eight passes for 80 yards and a score. In addition, Herlihy saw a good deal of action on special teams in 2005, recording seven tackles. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Herlihy has now caught 21 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
Nielsen was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I squad, after ranking second on the team with 72 total tackles, including 61 solo stops. He finished the year ranked 11th in the nation in solo tackles with an average of 6.1 per game, in addition to posting a team-best eight tackles for loss. Nielsen also recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery last season, and was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network following the Holy Cross' 13-10 victory over Lehigh on Oct. 8.
The Crusaders will open the 2006 season when they travel to Georgetown on Saturday, September 2.