Nov. 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Thirty-three players from the Army sprint football team collected All-Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) honors, Monday, including the conference's Jim Kays League MVP Award. Senior defensive lineman Dylan Doty was awarded the CSFL's top player and landed on the all-conference first team, joining six other Black Knight first team honorees.
Ten Army players drew all-conference second team accolades, while 16 were named honorable mention. In all, the Black Knights earned a CSFL-best 33 postseason recognitions.
Doty earned the CSFL MVP after playing a crucial role to an Army defensive unit that allowed a league-leading 186 yards per game. The senior paced the Black Knights with 44 tackles, 29 primary tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. Doty also had one interception that he returned for a touchdown. Doty is Army's second league MVP in as many years, after quarterback Javier Sustaita (USMA '13) won the award last season.
Joining Doty on the All-CSFL defensive squad are classmate Thomas White and sophomore defensive back Kalaukoa Labonta. White was second on the team with eight tackles for loss and four and a half sacks, while also contributing 27 total tackles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception. Labonta registered 20 tackles and a team-best four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.
First team selections on the offensive side of the ball include junior offensive lineman Richard Price, junior quarterback James Wartski and sophomore wide receiver Tucker Van Dyke.
After being named honorable mention as a sophomore, Price helped protect an offense that finished second in the league with 388 yards of total offense. As a first year starter, Wartski threw for a CSFL-leading 1,469 yards and finished second in the conference with 13 touchdown passes. Wartski was also the team's fifth-leading rusher, accumulating 168 yards and one touchdown. Van Dyke made a team-high 26 receptions for 380 yards and three scores to earn his initial first team honor.
Sophomore kicker Warren Kayalso landed on the first team after driving home seven field goals and converting 31 point after attempts to lead the Black Knights with 52 points.
Four offensive standouts drew All-CSFL second team honors, including junior receiver Zachary Woods (182 yards, 4 TD), sophomore offensive lineman Kenneth McClain, freshman running back Marqus Burrell (350 yards rushing, 98 yards receiving, 7 TD) and freshman wide out Lane Holmes (282 yards, 2 TD).
Woods paced all Black Knight receivers with four touchdowns while catching nine passes for 182 yards. Woods hauled in three of his four scores during a 41-12 win at Franklin Pierce on Sept. 28. McClain appeared in every game on an Army offensive line that allowed just 10 sacks. In his first year on the team, Burrell led all rushers with 350 yards and seven touchdowns while playing in all seven contests. Holmes finished second on the team with 282 yards receiving yards on 16 catches. The freshman also hauled in a pair of touchdowns in his debut season.
On the defensive side of the ball, John Egan (16 tackles, 3 INT), Patrick Franco (32 tackles, 3 sacks) and Jake Steckler (35 tackles, 2.5 sacks) each garnered All-CSFL second team honors. Also landing on the second team were junior defensive lineman James Craft (31 tackles, 4 sacks), sophomore defensive back John Barnett (8 tackles, 2 INT) and sophomore punter Mark Dabeck, who punted 34 times for an average of 36.5 yards per punt.
Of the 16 honorable mention selections, eight were offensive players including juniors Zachary Campi, Barret Crawford, sophomores Darius Javan, Peter Neise, Kevin O'Brien, Jesse Shackelford, and freshmen Nick Brickous and Mitch Wear. Seniors Conor O'Brien and Joe Williams, junior David Brown, sophomores Ryan Gallagher and Joseph Meier, and freshman Andrew Paffett were the defensive honorees. The Black Knights also had a pair of special team honorable mentions, as junior return specialist Nathan Degen and freshman short snapper Matthew Tamburri were recognized.
Army defeated Navy, 17-7, on Oct. 26 to finish the season 7-0 and capture its 33rd CSFL title in team history. The Black Knights went 7-0 for the second year in a row and collected their 19th undefeated season since the program began in 1957.