Dec 7, 2011 1:05 AM by Lee Douglas/USAFA
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force football team had seven players selected to the all-Mountain West Conference football team, announced Tuesday by the conference. Senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein, junior kicker Parker Herrington and senior defensive back Jon Davis were each named first-team all-MW. Senior running back Asher Clark, senior linebacker Brady Amack and senior defensive back Anthony Wright were all second-team honorees. Junior linebacker Alex Means was an honorable mention selection.
Wallerstein has helped the Falcons offense to a 320.3 yards rushing per game which ranks second in the nation. The rushing average, as well as norms for points (34.4), passing yards (138.5) and total offense (458.8) is the best in head coach Troy Calhoun's era (2007-present). Herrington leads the conference in field goals at 1.25 per game and field goal percentage with an 83.3 mark. He has hit 15-of-18 field goals this season and is 13-of-14 from inside 40 yards. He is the first kicker at Air Force to earn first-team all-conference since Joey Ashcroft in 2002.
Davis is the first Falcon safety to earn first-team all-MW honors ever. He is second on the team and eighth in the conference in tackles with an average of 7.4 per game. He leads the Falcons and is tied for second on the team in interceptions with four. He ranks sixth in Air Force history with 10 career interceptions.
Clark is a second-team selection for the second straight year. He led the Falcons and finished fourth in the conference in rushing with a career-best 1,096 yards. His 7.3 yards per carry ranked second in the conference. Clark enters the bowl game just 33 yards shy of becoming the all-time leading rusher in Air Force history. He has rushed for 3,580 yards.
Amack ranks second in the conference and 15th nationally in tackles with an average of 10.4 per game. He is fourth in the MW in fumbles forced with four. Amack won several national honors with his 23-tackle performance in Air Force's overtime win at Navy. The 23 stops are a Mountain West single game record and the second most by an FBS player this season.
Wright is fifth on the team in tackles with 49 and second on the team in interceptions with two. He has a team-best four pass breakups and is a second team selection for the second time in his career, also earning the honor in 2009. Means leads the team and is ninth in the conference in tackles for loss with 9.0. He ranks seventh in the MW in sacks with a team-best 6.0.
Air Force ended the regular season with a 7-5 overall record and 3-4 mark in Mountain West play. The Falcons will play Toledo in the 2011 Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 4:30 p.m. ET in famous RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.