Peterson, Aiken named Navy football captains

January 19, 2013 | WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced Friday night at the annual Navy football banquet that rising seniors linebacker Cody Peterson (Olympia, Wash.) and wide receiver Matt Aiken (Roanoke, Va.) have been elected team captains for the 2013 football season by their teammates.

“Being elected team captain at the Naval Academy is one of the highest honors you can receive at an institution that prides itself on producing great leaders,” said Niumatalolo.  “Cody and Matt are great leaders on and off the field and there is no question in my mind that they will do a great job. They both work extremely hard and will set an example for the entire team.”

Peterson played in all 12 games last fall, starting the final eight at inside linebacker.  He finished with 67 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.  Peterson recorded 10 tackles in Navy’s overtime victory over Air Force and a career-high 14 tackles against Army.

Aiken has seen action in 33 games in his career and is a three-year letterwinner.  He missed the first four games this past year after suffering a knee injury during fall camp, but came back to catch seven passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with 2:02 remaining in Navy’s 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Indiana. Aiken has 20 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns in his career.