2015 Fall Men's Awards

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West All-Conference 1st Team Fall 2015

Hunter Hancock, lock, Air Force: Fairly new to rugby, Hancock played like a veteran. Especially elusive with ball in hand for a forward, the junior makes it difficult to lay a shoulder into him, and has helped the Zoomies’ set piece immensely.

Grigor Kerdikoshvili, lock, Air Force: Mr. Do-it-all for Air Force, Kerdikoshvili moved around between the second and third rows, and had a major impact wherever he lined up. The Zoomies’ utility man knows where to be on the field, and has great awareness and strength at the contact point. He even handled the majority of kicking duties this fall.

Ben Burmester, center, Air Force: After being named team captain before season’s start, Burmester has taken his game to another level. The inside center ran his lines extremely hard, and brings his opposite number down to the ground soon after it touches the ball.

Colin Culver, wing, Air Force: Possessing a combination of speed and length, Culver was Air Force’s danger-man on the edge and a solid tackler as well.

West All-Conference 2nd Team

Joe Carl, hooker, Air Force: The Zoomies have a lot of leaders up and down their roster, but Carl is one of their best. A smart player who always seems to make the right decision on the pitch, Carl also sticks his nose in more than his share of the rucks.

Elliot Higgins, flanker, Air Force: Just a freshman, Higgins earned a spot on Air Force’s first XV prior to the season and refused to relinquish his place in the lineup. Higgins has combined his natural speed with a hard-earned fitness that even opens eyes at the Academy. He seems to be at every breakdown, and when he hits you, you know it.