March 3, 2012
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Senior receiver Jonathan Warzeka 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.
Warzeka helped the Falcons finish the season 7-6 overall. Air Force earned a school-record fifth consecutive bowl game, taking on Toledo in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. The Falcons also captured the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year, marking the first time since 2001-02 the team has won back-to-back trophy titles.
Warzeka led the Falcons with 31 catches and was second on the team with 442 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions. Warzeka also rushed for 244 yards on 28 carries and led the team with 23 kickoff returns for 489 yards. He became the school's all-time leader in kickoff returns yards during the season and finishes his career with 59 returns for 1,495 yards. He ranks sixth in school history with a 25.3 career kickoff return average and is the only player in school history to post two 100-yard kickoff return touchdowns.
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.