AWARDS

Defender of the Nation Award

2019 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER

Kyle Johnson

2018 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER

Sean Williams

2017 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER

Greg Sanders

2016 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER

Andrew King

The recipient of The Defender of the Nation Award will be selected from one of the nation’s military academies including Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI and West Point and is based on exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example

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2019 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER: Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a senior inside linebacker. A starter in the 2019 season; Johnson has played in every game since 2017. Johnson is second on the team in tackles with 44 and the first Falcon with multiple defensive touchdowns since 1999. He is majoring in management with a minor in Spanish. A graduate of Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, Johnson lettered in football and lacrosse and was a First-Team All-State and All-First-Coast selection in football as a senior.  Johnson was named Second-Team-All-Colorado by the National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter and earned First-Team Academic All-Colorado by the National Football Foundation.  Off the field, Johnson has completed the language immersion program, Operations Air Force, was on the cadet leadership team during survival training in the summer of 2018 and was on the cadet leadership cadre last summer. Kyle has also been recognized for being on the Superintendent’s List five separate semesters, Dean’s A-Team twice, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma management honor society, attending the Gettysburg Leadership Symposium, and a finalist for the CoSIDA Academic All-American award.

” In resounding ways, Kyle Johnson is every bit of anything we could ever desire in a Cadet-Athlete at the United States Air Force Academy,” Said Head Coach Troy Calhoun. “He’s physically and emotionally the toughest person you would ever coach, he’s an exceptional student, he’s an incredibly productive football player, and is as well respected of a teammate as one could have. The Charlotte Touchdown Club made a great choice for their 2019 Defender of the Nation Award in Kyle Johnson.”