The University of Wisconsin football team voted on team captains for the 2005 season Friday afternoon, and selected senior cornerback Brett Bell, junior linebacker Mark Zalewski, senior fullback Matt Bernstein and senior center Donovan Raiola.
Bell tied for the team lead last year with three interceptions and 13 passes defended. He started all 12 games at right cornerback and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. In January, Bell tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but he worked his way back to the practice field in time for the start of fall camp, just five-and-a-half months after undergoing surgery on his injured knee.
Like Bell, Zalewski is one of just four starters returning on the defensive side of the ball for the Badgers this year. The only junior to be named a captain, Zalewski tied for the team lead with 11.5 tackles for loss last season. He was also fifth on the team in tackles (55) and fourth in sacks (3.5), on his way to honorable mention All-Big Ten status.
Bernstein, a fourth-year starter, is considered one of the best fullbacks in the nation. He ran for 300 yards and one touchdown on 83 carries last season, and caught nine passes for 68 yards.
Raiola is a third-year starter at center who has long been a vocal leader on UW’s offensive line. A consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last year, Raiola is on the preseason watch lists for the Rimington (center) and Lombardi (lineman) awards.