When the Wisconsin Badgers football team opens fall camp next week, first-year head coach Paul Chryst will look to senior Michael Caputo for leadership.
Chryst raved about his safety at the Big Ten Media Days, saying he was the only player unanimously selected as a captain.
Caputo wasn't much of a talker as recently as his sophomore year, but now will be one of the most-trusted players in Chryst's first season.
"When he speaks people listen," Chryst said. "Guys trust who he is, that they can believe what he says and I think the world of him."
After starting 26 of the last 27 games at safety, Caputo said he has built up a leader mentality.
"I feel I can really help this team be the best they can be with the leadership skills that I've acquired in the past," he said.
Caputo has played in 40 games as a Badger, starting 27 of them. He led the team with 106 total tackles last season.
In the last two seasons with Caputo starting, the Badgers ranks third nationally in total defense with 299.6 yards per game, sixth overall in scoring defense with 18.6 points per game, and sixth overall in passing defense at 185.3 yards per game.
Wisconsin opens the 2015 season Saturday, September 5 against Alabama. You can see the game on WXOW News 19 at 7 p.m.