BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh head coach Tom Gilmore announced the four student-athletes selected by their teammates to lead the Mountain Hawks’ football program in the 2022 season. Senior defenders Dean Colton and Michari SibblisJunior offensive lineman George Padezanin and junior quarterback Dante Peri and were chosen to lead Lehigh in the upcoming campaign.
“It’s been exciting to see these four men mature into these roles,” said Gilmore. “They are respected by their teammates and coaches as competitors and leaders, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to re-establish a championship culture within our program. I expect other leaders to work with these captains to set the right tone for the team to significantly improve our preparations for the upcoming season.”
Sibblis is a 2021 All-Patriot League second-team honoree who has started all 25 games of his Lehigh career. He led the Mountain Hawks with 4.5 sacks a season ago and was third on the team with 47 tackles. A HERO Sports freshman All-America freshman in 2019, Sibblis has 75 career tackles and 8.5 sacks.
Colton appeared on the defensive line in seven games from five starts in 2021. He finished with 12 tackles and 3.5 tackles for the loss. Colton is a 17-game veteran in three seasons and has 24 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Padezanin started all 11 games at center for the Mountain Hawks last season, where he served as one of Lehigh’s most consistent offensive players. He was the only offensive lineman to start every game in the same position in 2021. Padezanin won the award for Best Offensive Lineman at the year-end banquet.
Perri started as quarterback in six games in 2021, including each of the last five. He quartered Lehigh on all three straight wins to end the season. In nine games, Perri completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,383 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. Perri threw for 686 yards with three touchdowns and an interception on Lehigh’s season-ending three-game winning streak.
The Mountain Hawks will open preseason camp in early August ahead of the season opener in Villanova, which is scheduled for Friday, September 2 at 6 p.m. Lehigh will open its home game schedule on Saturday, September 17 when the Mountain Hawks welcome Richmond to Goodman Stadium. Season tickets and Flex plans for the 2022 season are on sale and can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.
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