East, Townsend and Woestmann named team captains

Aug. 18, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Returning starters Joe Townsend (Sr., center), Kyle Woestmann (Sr., outside linebacker) and Andrew East (Sr., snapper) have been elected co-captains for the upcoming season.

Head Coach Derek Mason announced the team's three new captains on Aug. 18.

The staff will announce a fourth Commodore to join East, Townsend and Woestmann prior to each game of the 2014 season.

East, a native of Indianapolis, will serve as special teams' captain for the second consecutive season. This marks the first year that either Townsend, from Hendersonville, Tenn., or Woestmann, of Marietta, Ga., have served as a Commodore captain.

Mason said East, Townsend and Woestmann were elected in a recent ballot by Vanderbilt teammates.

"I'm pleased for all three of these players. These men stepped forward as team leaders during the summer workouts and in (preseason) camp," the head coach said.

East is a three-year starter for the Commodores, and regarded as one of the nation's most versatile snappers. He has handled virtually every snap on conversion and punt units since arriving on campus.

East also stands out off the field. He graduated with a civil engineering degree last May and is currently enrolled in postgraduate studies at Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management. He is one of the team's most active participants in community service efforts around Nashville.

Townsend has 22 total starts, most among active Commodores, entering his final season. All of his starts have come at the center position.

This summer, Townsend was named as a preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy, given each year to the nation's top center.

Woestmann, who started every game last year at defensive end, is expected to start at outside linebacker in Mason's new 3-4 defensive scheme.

Woestmann ranks as the Commodores' active leader with 12 quarterback sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He also ranks second on the team in career tackles.



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