(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Head Coach Rich Lackner of the Carnegie Mellon University football team has announced the captains for the 2019 season. The four rising seniors, Chris Haas (Coronado, Calif./Coronado), Michael Lohmeier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central), Parker Mellott (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) and Willie Richter (Leander, Texas/Cedar Park) were voted captains by the Tartan football program.
"Leadership is critical to the success of any football program," said Lackner. "Members of the Tartan Football Team elected four young men that epitomize the term "student/athletes". Their successes on the football field mirror their accomplishments in the classroom. They have demonstrated commitment, dedication, unselfishness and an incredible work ethic over the past three seasons and have earned the privilege of leading the 2019 Tartan Football Program!"
Haas, a double major in information systems and civil engineering earned University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team honors and Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) honorable mention accolades following the 2018 season. Haas led the Tartans with 593 yards rushing along with five touchdowns on the ground. In the Tartans Academic Bowl victory over Case Western Reserve University, he ran for a career-high 218 yards on 36 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including the game winning run in overtime.
Mellott is a business administration major and finished the 2018 season ranked sixth on the Tartans with 22 solo tackles and eighth with 36 total. He was named Google Cloud Academic All-America this past season.
Lohmeier is a two-time Google Cloud Academic All-American and a business administration major. Following his 2018 campaign, he received All-UAA First Team honors and All-PAC honorable mention accolades. He ended the season with 5.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss, which both ranked second on the team while ranking ninth in the PAC in sacks.
Richter, a mechanical engineering major, earned first team All-PAC and All-UAA honors in 2018. Richter averaged 11.6 yards per punt return, which ranked second in the conference and 22nd nationally. He finished the season with a combined 515 return yards and was second on the team with 35 receptions for 512 yards and two touchdowns.
Carnegie Mellon will open its 2019 season on Saturday, September 7 in Boston, Massachusetts, with a 12:00 p.m. kick at MIT.