Four of Washington’s six captains in 2022 are transfer players, and three of them arrived in Seattle this offseason.

Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer announced his first captain class on Friday, naming six team captains ahead of the 2022 season. Voted on by their teammates, they include quarterback Michael Penix Jr., running back Wayne Taulapapa, offensive lineman Jaxson Kirkland, edge rusher Jeremiah Martin, linebacker Cam Bright, and safety Alex Cook.

Cook and Kirkland come as little surprise. The duo represented the team at Pac-12 Media Day back in July.

“What is really something that is comforting is, for example, the two guys I’m bringing with me today, Alex Cook and Jaxson Kirkland, guys on each side of the ball that were part of a 2018 conference championship, guys that are coming back for their sixth year, they know what it looks like,” DeBoer said then. “We have more players that are in that position, as well, that saw what it took. They know what this program stands for, what the expectations are. They know what it takes to get there.”

Then there’s Penix, a former starter at Indiana for the better part of three years. Penix and DeBoer are reuniting this season after they partnered to give the Hoosiers one of the better seasons in recent history back in 2019. With DeBoer the offensive coordinator and Penix the quarterback running the show until injury, IU won eight games for the first time since 1993. Penix has dealt with injuries every year of his college experience, but he’s hoping for a fresh start at Washington.

He was named the team’s starting quarterback earlier this week.

Taulapapa spent four seasons at Virginia — and was a captain for the Cavs in 2021 — before transferring. In 40 career appearances and 266 career carries, he ran for 1,192 yards and 19 scores. Taulapapa is expected to be the team’s starting running back, something that seems even more likely now that he’s been named a captain.

Bright was also a captain at his last school. He played linebacker for Pitt prior to landing with the Huskies, helping the Panthers to an ACC title last season while posting 58 tackles and six tackles for loss.

Then there’s Martin, who spent the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons at Texas A&M before transferring last spring. He’s the most unproven of the bunch, but part of a group of edge rushers whose depth surprised DeBoer and the coaching staff when they arrived. Zion Tupuola-Fetui draws all the attention, but Martin and Bralen Trice form a talented trio. Martin had 13 tackles and a sack last season, and enters the new year hoping for a breakout.

UW begins its season on Sept. 3 against Kent State at home.