With Deshawn Stevens and quarterback Chris Ferguson sidelined for the season with injuries, it is up to the other two captains to lead the University of Maine football team on the field.
That is a monumental task for senior wide receiver Jaquan Blair and senior defensive end Kayon Whitaker, who are still participating in practices and games.
Stevens, a senior all-conference linebacker, is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, and junior quarterback Ferguson (foot) has also been relegated to the sideline.
The Black Bears, the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions and Football Championship Subdivision semifinalists have a slim chance to make the playoffs. But that means they must win their final four games starting with Saturday’s contest at Albany.