Junior linebacker Andre Carter received the Thruston Hughes Memorial Award as the 2021 team’s most valuable player at the Army football banquet last week.
Carter authored one of the best seasons by a defensive player in Army history. He broke the academy’s single-season record with 15.5 sacks. The former scout-team player earned all-American honors from the Associated Press (third team) and Phil Steele (second team) and is one of the nation’s top returning defensive players for the 2022 season.
Carter led the nation in sacks per game (1.19) and finished second overall in sacks behind Alabama’s Will Anderson (17.5), who played in two more games. Army players voted on the MVP award.
Senior captains Nolan Cockrill and Arik Smith were honored with two individual awards. Cockrill, a nose tackle, received the Thomas West Hammond Award (team’s most outstanding lineman) for the second straight season as well as the lifter of the year.
Smith was named the Col. James B. Gillespie Memorial Award winner (players who shows outstanding dedication and unmatched performance) for the second consecutive year. He also received the Major William C. Whitehead Memorial Award for the team’s highest class standing.
The Anthony Miller Coaching Staff Award was given to a deserving senior. Quarterback Jabari Laws, who overcame two ACL tears, returned to the field to lead Army to its winning drive in the Armed Forces Bowl and threw three TDs passes against nationally-ranked Wake Forest.
Senior fullback Cade Barnard was the recipient of the Chase Prasnicki Memorial Award as the senior that best displays the qualities for the former Army quarterback and safety.
Senior linebacker Kemonte Yow was honored with the LTG Garrison Davidson Award for the senior that has the highest military grade and displays excellence in sportsmanship and leadership.
Freshman wide receiver Casey Reynolds and freshman safety Tommy Zitiello were the winners of the Col. Joel B. “Dopey” Stephens Memorial Award as the top scout-team players.
COL Thruston Hughes Memorial Award (team MVP): Andre Carter
Black Lion Award (Given for leadership, courage, devotion and selfless service): Marquel Broughton
Chase Prasnicki Memorial Award (senior player who best displays characteristics of former Army football player Chase Prasnicki): Cade Barnard
Anthony Miller Coaching Staff Award (team’s most inspirational player): Jabari Laws
Creighton W. Abrams Memorial Award (Team captains): Marquel Broughton, Cedrick Cunningham, Nolan Cockrill, Arik Smith
LTG Garrison Davidson Award (graduating senior who maintains highest military grade): Kemonte Yow
Major William C. Whitehead Jr. Memorial Award (graduating senior with highest class standing): Arik Smith
Thomas West Hammond Memorial Award (outstanding lineman): Nolan Cockrill
COL. James B. Gillespie Memorial Award (player who displays outstanding dedication, unfailing performance and is consistent contributor to team): Arik Smith
COL Joel B. “Dopey” Stephens Award (outstanding offensive and defensive scout team player): Casey Reynolds, Tommy Zitiello
Army Lifter of the Year (player who performed at high level in weight room): Nolan Cockrill