The Irish got in again last night after 12 months out of office, Phillip Kenneth O'Donnell '49 of Worcester and 48 Revere Street, Boston, was elected captain of the 1948 Varsity football team in a meeting of all lettermen in Dillon Field House shortly before 6 o'clock.
The Crimson backfield star, whose brilliant play as a pass intercepter placed him among the nation's leaders last fall and earned him the nickname "Radar Ken," has won his Varsity letter three years running. Used exclusively on defense in 1946 because his arm was in a cast, he started six games this season as offensive quarterback.
Harlow, Moravec Pleased
Retiring captain Vince Moravec called O'Donnell "a wonderful choice" and Dick Harlow rated him "one of the smartest men I have ever coached and one of the best pass defenders in the country." The coach said, "I know he'll make a fine captain."
O'Donnell, who is 23, is two years younger than his brother Cleo, popular offensive spark of the 1942 team and captain of the 1946 eleven. Their father, also Cleo O'Donnell, was head coach for two decades and later athletic director at Holy Cross. Prior to this, he was a famous Everett High School mentor from 1912 to 1918 and coached Purdue for two seasons.
Kenny was married in August and now occupies the former home of Vince Moravec in Boston. Moravec moved closer to the Square in October to convalesce after his leg operation.