Thacker, Kramer, Wilson, Pineda named Western football captains

DILLON — Team 84 of Montana Western football has selected captains for the 2015 season. The players elected offensive players Will Thacker and Dylan Kramer and defensive players A.J. Wilson and Dakota Pineda to serve as team captains.

“These guys have logged a lot of sweat equity in the Bulldog football program, as have all 14 of our 2015 seniors,” head coach B.J. Robertson said. “These captains were chosen because they embody our T.E.A.M. first philosophy. Each of them is tough mentally and physically, enthusiastic, attitudinal, and motivated in their academic, athletic and community activities.”

Thacker, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound offensive lineman from Winnemucca, Nevada will serve as captain for a second straight season. Thacker is a two-time all-conference performer majoring in health and human performance with a 3.35 GPA.

“Will is one of those guys who has been a leader from the very first day he stepped onto campus,” Robertson said.

Kramer, a 5-9, 200-pound athlete from Laurel, is a dual threat out of the backfield in the Bulldog run and pass game and returns kicks.  Kramer has accumulated just under 3,000 all-purpose yards and has accounted for a dozen touchdowns.  Kramer carries a 3.5 GPA with a double major in modern history education and physical education and health.

“Dylan is one of the most competitive people I have ever met,” Robertson said. “He brings out the best in himself and his teammates.”

Wilson has been a steady force over the past three seasons for the Bulldog defense. A 6-1, 240-pound linebacker from Helena Capital, Wilson has totaled 160 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and one interception. Wilson was a 2014 all-conference second team selection. A physical education and health and special education major, he maintains a 3.7 GPA.

“A.J. is so football intelligent that he functions as a coach on the field,” Robertson said. Wilson was also selected as a 2014 captain.

Pineda is a 5-9, 185-pound defensive back from Idaho Falls, Idaho, who started at defensive back in 2014 after missing the previous season due to injury. Pineda has amassed 77 tackles in two seasons of play, 33 in 2012 and 44 this past season. Pineda carries a 3.4 GPA in Business Administration.

“Dakota is always energized and that energy and enthusiasm is contagious,” Robertson said.

The new captains will lead their squad into the annual spring game this Saturday at Vigilante Field. Kick off for the intrasquad scrimmage is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will feature play in a variety of situations as well as a traditional overtime period.

— Montana Western Sports Information