All-Service Academy Team Revealed - 2009

Scout.com assembled a panel to put together its third annual All-Service Academy Football Team. For the first time ever, Army landed two players on the first team offense but Navy (5 selections) and Air Force (4 selections) still led the way. Navy's record-setting junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs edged out Air Force senior guard Nick Charles for offensive most valuable player.

First Team Offense

 

QB:     Ricky Dobbs                                     Navy

Comments: The junior lived up to the hype, rushing for an NCAA-record 24 touchdowns for a quarterback. He will have a chance to add to that record against Missouri in the Texas Bowl. And with 99 yards passing against the Tigers, Dobbs will have over 1,000 yards passing to go with his 1,037 yards rushing.   

 

RB:     Jared Tew                                         Air Force

Comments: The junior led the team in rushing yards (797) and rushing touchdowns (7). The second team MWC player rushed for 102 yards on 25 games in 35-7 victory over Army. Tew is the 36th player in Air Force history to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in his career…and he's got a year to go.

 

RB:     Vince Murray                            Navy

Comments: After Navy's first three games, Murray had 7 carries for 24 yards. With a game to play, he sits with 925 yards (and he missed the Delaware game). His monster efforts against SMU (141 yards), Wake Forest (175) and Notre Dame (158) fueled the Mids to the three wins.

 

RB:     Patrick Mealy                         Army

Comments: Mealy was second on the team in rushing (673 yards), and represented their biggest threat to break a big run as he showed in the opener (75-yard TD) and against Duke (55-yard run).The junior has an outside chance of chasing the 1,000 plateau next season if Army can improve their perimeter blocking.

 

WR:    Ali Villanueva                              Army

Comments: Coach Ellerson's bold move paid off, and then some. Villanueva easily emerged as the Cadets number one receiving target (34 catches for 522 yards). He had all of Army's  receiving touchdowns (5), and helped lead the team over VMI with 7 catches for 119 yards.

 

WR:    Kevin Fogler                                Air Force

Comments: The junior leads the team in catches (21) and yards (478). Fogler's biggest game came at a good time – against Army. His three catch, 129 yard effort included a career-best 73-yard touchdown reception. 17 of his 21 catches this season resulted in a first down for the Falcons.

 

OL:     Jeff Battipaglia                              Navy

Comments: The junior started all 13 games thus far for the Midshipmen – for the second season in a row. His efforts helped open several gaping holes for Dobbs and Murray, and led Navy to an impressive 272 rushing yards per game…good enough for fourth in the country.

 

 

OL:     Nick Charles                                  Air Force

Comments: After sitting out the opener because of a nagging hamstring injury, the left guard went on to start the next 11 games for the Falcons and finished a close second to Ricky Dobbs for offensive MVP. Much to the pleasure of Army and Navy, Charles is a senior and will be graduating.

 

OL:     Curtis Bass                                        Navy

Comments: Bass started the season at center and ended it at right guard. His versatility and strength (benches close to 400 pounds) helped the Mids not miss a beat when Dobbs missed two games due to injury. His performances against Wake Forest and Notre Dame may have been his best in his career.

 

OL:     Peter Lusk                                        Air Force  

Comments: The senior emerged as the Falcons second best lineman this season, serving as a great compliment to Charles at right guard. He and Charles were largely responsible for Air Force finishing #3 in the country in rushing offense (273 yards per game).

 

OL:     Matt Malloy                                      Navy

Comments: Malloy missed one game all season (against Hawaii) and it turned out to be Navy's worst offensive performance of the season. That's probably more than just a coincidence. Luckily for Dobbs and company, Malloy has one more year to go. He and Battipaglia give the Mids a good foundation for 2010. 

 

Offense Most Valuable Player

Ricky Dobbs                                        Navy

 

Honorable Mention

 

RB:      Asher Clark                          Air Force

OL:      Ryan Gonzales                      Air Force  

RB:      Marcus Curry                        Navy   

RB:      Bobby Doyle                         Navy

OL:      Osei Asante                          Navy

OL:      Jason Johnson                       Army

QB:      Trent Steelman                     Army

 


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