Austin Hill prides himself on playing football extremely hard.
Whether it’s a spring practice rep or a double-overtime, goal-line stand against rival Navy, Hill, a high school linebacker turned Army starting defensive end, plans on outworking his opponent.
Can’t forget Hill’s effort on Army’s one-inch line to help jar the football loose and force a Navy fumble in the Black Knights’ victory in December.
Hill’s energy, attitude and determination catches the attention of Jeff Monken and his staff on a daily basis. Teammates acknowledged Hill’s play and character by voting him one of four captains for the 2023 season. Linebackers Jimmy Ciarlo and Leo Lowin and offensive lineman Connor Finucane join Hill in the leadership role. All three seniors share the same qualities as Hill.
The four senior captains have all switched positions during their careers for the better of the team. Ciarlo and Lowin were recruited as safeties. Finucane has made 25 straight starts at right guard or right tackle.
Lowin, a two-year starter, recorded the first 100-tackle season as a junior since Cole Christiansen in 2019. Ciarlo started all 12 games in 2022 and among the leaders in snaps played on the defensive side.
“We really try to push that every single person is a leader on this team, which they are,” Ciarlo said after the spring game. “I think the main message that we try to push through the program is the best form of love is accountability. Being able to hold each other accountable and being able to lead that way, I think is the way we will find the most success.”