Feb. 23, 2013
Senior offensive lineman Jordan Eason won the Brian Bullard Memorial Award, the highest honor a Falcon football player can earn, at the annual Air Force Football banquet at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
Eason helped the Falcons earn a school-record sixth consecutive bowl bid, as the team played Rice in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The Falcons finished with a 6-7 overall record and placed fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a 5-3 mark.
Eason anchored an offensive line that led the conference and ranked second nationally in rushing with a 316.2 per-game average. The offensive line also led the conference with just eight quarterback sacks allowed. Eason, who started the year at guard, moved over to center due to injury at the position. He started every game, including five at center, while earning second-team all-conference honors. Eason also earned second-team all-Colorado honors from the National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter.
The Bullard Award, established in 1984 and voted on by the football team, is based on the criteria that typifies the late Brian Bullard - unselfishness, 110 percent effort, total team commitment and pride in his role on the team whether he's a starter or not. Bullard was a 1982 graduate of Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs. He attended the Academy the following year and played on the football team for two years. During Thanksgiving vacation in 1983, Bullard and his girlfriend, fellow cadet Dianne Williams, died from carbon monoxide poisoning while returning from a trip to Kansas in a snow storm.