Former Huskers Named Washington Redskins 2016 Team Captains

Posted at 2:24 PM, Sep 07, 2016

The Washington Redskins have recently announced their 2016 Team Captains. Two of the five players are products of the Nebraska Football program, Will Compton and Niles Paul. 


Former Nebraska Husker middle linebacker Will Compton was a member of the team from 2008 to 2012. Compton ended his career as a Husker with several accomplishments including a total of 50 games including 37 starts. He racked up 247 tackles to rank him 12th on the Nebraska all-time tackles chart. Compton was a 2012 Nebraska Team Captain and 2012 Nebraska Defensive MVP. Compton first signed to the Redskins active roster in 2013 after being a part of the teams practice squad. He has appeared in a total of 33 regular season games for the Washington Redskins including 15 starts. Compton heads into the 2016 season with 145 tackles, one sack, one interception and a fumble recovery. 


Omaha native Niles Paul was a part of the Nebraska Husker Football roster from 2007 to 2010 playing a huge role as a receiver and return specialist. Paul played a total of 46 games and 29 starts for the Huskers; he also made his way into the Huskers record book with 103 career receptions, 1,532 career receiving yards and with 1,887 career kickoff return yards. Paul was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and later re-signed in 2015. Paul initially started as a wide receiver but in 2012 he transitioned into a tight end. Up until an ankle injury in the 2015 preseason opener Paul played in a total of 60 games including 17 starts, 53 receptions for 735 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins. 


Other team captains for the Washington Redskins 2016 regular season are Kirk Cousins, Trent William and DeAngelo Hall.