Eason, Means named to all-Mountain West football team
Dec. 4, 2012
Senior offensive lineman Jordan Eason and senior outside linebacker Alex Means were each named second-team all-Mountain West Conference, as selected by the 10 head coaches and a select media panel. The Falcons also had senior running back Cody Getz, senior defensive back Brian Lindsay, senior offensive lineman Jason Kons and senior linebacker Austin Niklas named honorable mention all-MW.
Eason led an offensive line that featured only two returning starters and that was forced to use three centers during the season due to injury. Eason became the third when he moved over from his guard position midway through the season. Despite the changes and injuries, the offensive line has paved the way for Air Force to rank second in the nation in rushing with a 328.8 per-game average. Eason was the team-leader in knockdowns with an average of 9.7 per game.
Means is second on the team and ninth in the conference in tackles with a 7.4 per-game average. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference with 11.0 tackles for loss. He also has two interceptions and nine pass breakups. Means ranks in the top 10 in the conference in four categories: tackles for loss (11.0, 7th); tackles (7.4, 9th), tackles by linebackers (7.4, 7th) and passes defended (.92, 8th). Means played one of the best games of his career vs. New Mexico with 10 tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a 56-yard interception return for his first-career touchdown. He also made a tackle on fourth-and-four to force a turnover on downs on New Mexico's last drive. Means earned Mountain West defensive player of the week honors for his efforts vs. the Lobos. Means is the active career leader for Air Force in tackles (216), tackles for loss (22.0), quarterback sacks (10.0) and pass breakups (12). He has been involved in nine turnovers in his career, including three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He has also blocked four kicks in his career which ranks fourth in school history.
Air Force, who finished the season with a 6-6 overall record and finished fourth in the MW with a 5-3 mark, takes on Rice (6-6, 4-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was chosen as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, while Bulldog defensive back Phillip Thomas was named MW Defensive Player of the Year. Hawai`i kick returner Mike Edwards earned the MW Special Teams Player of the Year award, while Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams was honored as the MW Freshman of the Year. Rocky Long of San Diego State was selected as the MW Coach of the Year.