Irish name captains

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen, senior safety Kyle McCarthy, senior offensive lineman Eric Olsen and senior linebacker Scott Smith were named on Saturday as Notre Dame's captains for the 2009 season.

The selections were made by a vote of team members on Friday. Clausen and Olsen will captain the offense, McCarthy will be the defensive captain and Smith will captain special teams.

The selections weren't exactly a surprise, but it's a good sign that Clausen -- whose leadership has been a question mark during his first two years in South Bend -- was voted a captain by his teammates.

Notre Dame also named its leadership committee based on the voting results. The members will be senior fullback James Aldridge, senior cornerback Mike Anello, senior safety Sergio Brown, sophomore wide receiver Michael Floyd, junior defensive end Kerry Neal, sophomore tight end Kyle Rudolph, senior defensive end John Ryan, junior linebacker Brian Smith and senior offensive tackle Sam Young.