U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Air Force senior linebacker Alex Means and senior offensive lineman Jason Kons have been selected for post-season all-star games. Means has been selected to the College All-Star Game in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 19 while Kons is scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine Game that same day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Both players were critical in Air Force qualifying for a bowl game for a school-record sixth straight season. The Falcons take on Rice in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Falcons finished the season 6-6 and placed fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a 5-3 mark.
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 and 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.
Kons has been the steady leader of an offensive line that was forced to play three centers due to injury and opened the season with just two returning starters. 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.