The Dickinson State football team elected and announced their captains for the upcoming season recently, and four seniors will be the Blue Hawks main leaders on the field.
Matt Dey, Drew Heiser, Tyger Frye and Paxton Miller were awarded with the distinguished honor after being selected by coaches and players.
“Our players vote each year for a player council, and we consider those guys to be captains. We have 12 guys on the player council that are the leaders of our team who have been selected by their peers and coaches,” Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said. “What we do from there is we select four players from the council to be our game day guys to take care of things on game day that captains do whether it is penalties or the coin toss and being overall leaders.”
Heiser is a Dickinson native and along with Dey is an offensive lineman for Dickinson State.
“Matt Dey is a guy that everyone gravitates to, and he is very personable. He has worked his way up through the ranks,” Stanton said. “He didn’t play much his first two years, and he had an outstanding year last year. He has become a leader in the weight room, and he is a guy on the team that everyone is comfortable coming to and talking to.”
Heiser has been a three-year starter at center and has been all-conference twice.
Stanton said that Heiser has played through injuries in the past, which shows his toughness and passion for the game.
Frye, from Billings, Mont., is a record setting receiver who last fall showed out and broke records for catches in a game and yards in a game with a 16 catch performance for 194 yards at Waldorf.
“It means a lot to me..,” Frye said. “I have been congratulated by 50 plus people around town. The last four years I have been working to be a captain, so it is a big deal to me.”
As for Miller, the linebacker and product from Savage, Mont., is the only defensive player selected to be a captain.
He recorded 34 tackles last year along with a pick six.
Stanton says that he does the right things on and off the field and that Miller is greatly respected by his teammates.
He also has been a two-time NAIA scholar athlete and is also a member of the Blue Hawks track team.
Being consistent and leading in tough times and awkward situations just like this fall is something that the captains and Frye will stress as captains.
Dickinson State will play nine games this fall, and all nine will be North Star Athletic Association games as the season was pushed back due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
The Blue Hawks open the season on Sept. 12 at Dakota State.
“This is a great honor for these four guys to be elected the player council and then to be elected as game day captains,” said Stanton.