Providence, Rhode Island - Brown head football coach Phil Estes announced that senior defensive tackle Kyle "Joseph" Rettig (Clearwater, FL) and senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) have been elected captains of the 2011 Brown football team by a vote of their teammates.
Newhall-Caballero is just the second Brown player to serve as team captain for two years, and the first in 120 years. J.H. Lindsey was the Brown head coach and team captain in 1890 and 1891.
"I'm very pleased with the selection of Kyle Rettig and Kyle Newhall-Caballero as team captains," said Estes. "Both are outstanding leaders, have the respect of their teammates, are dedicated to the game, and have worked extremely hard for everything they get. They know what it takes to be successful. There can't be two better choices to lead us to our next championship."
Rettig ranked second among the Bears' defensive tackles with 29 total hits, including 14 solo stops, 3.5 tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks.
A Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship (COE) concentrator at Brown, Rettig registered a personal high seven total tackles against Yale. He made four tackles in Brown's win over Harvard, and made a season high two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack in the Bears' victory over Cornell.
The Ivy League's first team All-Ivy quarterback in 2009, Newhall-Caballero's 2010 season was almost over before it started. He broke his hand in the first week of pre-season camp, returned to play in half of Brown's win over Harvard, fractured his wrist on the last play of regulation in Brown's third game against Rhode Island to miss the remainder of the season. He passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams.
In 2009, Newhall-Caballero, a COE Business Economics concentrator, completed 259 of 413 passes for 2,709 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was second in the nation in completions (25.9 per game), 10th in total offense (281.4 yards per game), and 12th nationally in passing yards (270.9 yards per game). Newhall-Caballero's 259 completions in 2009 were seventh for a single season in the Ivy football history. He also set an Ivy League record with 46 completions against Holy Cross.
Brown fans can get a sneak preview of the 2011 season with the Annual Brown-White Spring Game, presented by Office Max, on Saturday, April 30 at Brown Stadium, starting at 12:00 noon.
Pictured: Kyle 'Joseph' Rettig '12. photo by dspics.com