Sprint Football Closes Out Championship Season With Awards Banquet

Head coach Lt. Col. Mark West and team MVP Javier Sustaita

Head coach Lt. Col. Mark West and team MVP Javier Sustaita

Dec. 4, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army sprint football put a cap on its perfect season on Sunday evening at the Kimsey Athletic Center where the Black Knights handed out their annual team awards. Head coach Lt. Col. Mark West recognized four Black Knights with six honors, including three by senior quarterback Javier Sustaita.

Sustaita was the recipient of the College Sprint Football League’s Jim Kays Most Valuable Player honor, following another standout season. The senior play caller threw for 2,016 yards while completing 160 of 254 passes. The team’s offensive captain threw just two interceptions to go along with 22 touchdowns to finish his final campaign at West Point with a 156.7 efficiency rating. The Troy, Texas, native also rushed for three scores, second-most on the team.

Sustaita is Army’s first CSFL MVP since 2008, when wide receiver Geoff Phillips earned the certificate.

Sustaita was also the recipient of the Colonel John A Robenson MVP Award. This award is presented annually to the most valuable Army Sprint Football player who exemplifies the qualities of self-discipline, unselfish team play, desire to excel, mature judgment, and respected leadership.

Along with defensive captain Rob Reckner, the pair received the 1st Lt. George C. Bass Memorial Award which is presented annually to the offensive and defensive captains of the Army Sprint Football team.

Reckner was also the recipient of the George S. Perkins Award which is presented annually to the graduating sprint football player, who, during his four years as a cadet, distinguished himself through his uncommon dedication to the sprint football program and who best exemplified the spirit and motivation of the Army 150s. Scott Perkins, brother of George S. Perkins, presented the award.

Senior wide receiver Cody Nyp was the recipient of the Thomas B. Dyer Award. Presented annually in memory of all 150-pound football players killed in the Vietnam conflict, the Thomas B. Dyer Award is given to the graduating player who was the most valuable player during his four years as a cadet. Nyp led the Army receiving corps for the third consecutive season, averaging 97 yards per game to go along with seven touchdowns. He was named to the All-CSFL first team following each of the last three seasons.

Junior wide receiver Tom Jeffers was presented with the D.C. Adams Award, which is given annually to the team member in the second class who distinguished himself through outstanding performance and dedication to the sprint football program. Ret. Lt. Col. Dave Odegard (USMA '78) presented the award on behalf of D.C. Adams' teammates.

Army finished the season undefeated (7-0) following a 21-18 victory at Navy to capture its 32nd CSFL Title in program history. The Black Knights’ flawless record was their first since 1994 and 18th overall since the program began in 1957.

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