SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Air Force Academy’s Mike Husar a 2014 Rimington Award nominee
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media July 25, 2014 5:42PM
Mike Husar, of Air Force | Supplied photo
Updated: August 28, 2014 6:31AM
By the nature of the position, being the center on a football team doesn’t bring a lot of glamour or attention.
After all, the man who snaps the football and anchors the offensive line usually doesn’t see his name in the box score or find himself in the end zone after scoring a touchdown.
Therefore, it seems fitting that when Air Force center Mike Husar learned he was one of 66 players at his position from across the country nominated for the 2014 Rimington Award, there was a minimal amount of fanfare involved.
The Mount Carmel graduate was informed of his candidacy thanks to a text sent by his uncle.
“It’s a huge honor,” Husar said. “I had no idea. It’s great to be considered in that category with all the other centers.
“I’ll just try to do my best this season and see what happens.”
What has happened in Husar’s past lends credibility to his campaign for this season’s Rimington Award.
In 2013, the 6-foot, 270-pound senior returned from a knee injury that ended his 2012 season as he started all 12 games for the Falcons, who were 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the Mountain West Conference.
The native Chicagoan led Air Force in knockdown blocks with 70, marking the first time under coach Troy Calhoun that a center was the pace-setter in that category. As a result, Husar garnered Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors in 2013.
Husar, a three-year starter, helped the Falcons’ offensive line allow just nine sacks, which was good for second in the MWC and seventh in the country.
On the ground, Air Force was second in the conference and 11th in the country in rushing average at 272.5 yards per game.
“Everyone is a leader on our O-line for sure,” Husar said. “You have to make things happen at center. You have to snap the ball and make the reads.
“Because of what we’ve learned at the (Air Force) Academy, I think we all bring that (leadership) to the O-line. We’re all leaders of the team.”
After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Husar, a biology major, has a goal of becoming a doctor. Before that, however, he will serve as a space operations officer at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Husar will have a five-year commitment to the Air Force after graduation. Should he choose to attend medical school, that would require a 12-year commitment.
“I’ll learn what that (space operations) role is when I go to tech school,” Husar said. “There are different tracks, from flying satellites to launching satellites to missile detection to communications. Basically, I’ll be working with anything that’s not a plane.
“Going to California is going to be great. I’ve never been there and I’ll also be helping to serve my country and help our guys out there. This is a great opportunity. I’m really looking forward to it.
“Being at the Air Force Academy has been an awesome experience,” Husar added. “It’s been really challenging as a student; I’ve taken a lot of tough classes. As an athlete, it’s been an awesome experience and I’ve made a lot of great friends and played some great football. I’ve been blessed in both aspects.”
Praise for Perkins
Melissa Perkins, of Concordia University (Mequon, Wisconsin), was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s Pitcher of the Week in softball for the period ending April 27.
During that period, Perkins, of Park Forest, threw three complete games and did not allow an earned run.
For the season, Perkins, who was chosen to the All-NACC Second Team, appeared in 29 games for the Falcons, making 20 starts. The sophomore right-hander was 10-6 with eight saves and a 2.02 ERA. In 132 innings, she struck out 64 and walked 21.