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  • Air Force football picked last in division, shut out on all-league team

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    The Mountain West began football media days in Las Vegas by releasing its preseason poll and all-conference teams. Air Force, coming off a 2-10 season was picked last in the Mountain Division and the Falcons were shut out on the all-conference team.

     

    2014 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

    MOUNTAIN DIVISION

    Team (first-place votes)       Pts.

    1.         Boise State (20)                        183

    2.         Utah State (12)                          176

    3.         Colorado State (1)                    135

    4.         Wyoming                                      90

    5.         New Mexico                                 56

    6.         Air Force                                       53

     

    WEST DIVISION

          Team (first-place votes)       Pts.

    1.         Fresno State (15)                      174

    2.         San Diego State (15)               172

    3.         Nevada (3)                                 130

    4.         UNLV                                            95

    5.         San José State                            87

    6.         Hawai‘i                                          35

     

     

                                    2014 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team

     

    Offense

    QB          Chuckie Keeton                               Sr.           Utah State

    WR          Matt Miller                                         Sr.           Boise State

    WR          Devante Davis**                              Sr.           UNLV

    RB           Jay Ajayi*                                          Jr.            Boise State

    RB           Donnel Pumphrey                           So.          San Diego State

    OL           Ty Sambrailo**                                Sr.           Colorado State
    OL           Cody Wichmann                              Sr.           Fresno State

    OL           LaMar Bratton                                  Sr.           New Mexico

    OL           Brett Boyko**                                    Sr.           UNLV

    OL           Robert Waterman                            Sr.           UNLV

    TE           Kivon Cartwright                              Sr.           Colorado State

     

     

    Defense

    DL           Tyeler Davison**                             Sr.           Fresno State

    DL           Brock Hekking*                                Sr.           Nevada

    DL           B.J. Larsen**                                    Sr.           Utah State

    DL           Eddie Yarbrough*                            Jr.            Wyoming

    LB           Ejiro Ederaine**                               Jr.            Fresno State

    LB           Kyler Fackrell**                                Jr.            Utah State

    LB           Zach Vigil**                                       Sr.           Utah State

    DB          Donte Deayon**                              Jr.            Boise State

    DB          Jeremy Ioane**                                Sr.           Boise State

    DB          Derron Smith*                                  Sr.           Fresno State

    DB          J.J. Whittaker                                    Sr.           San Diego State

     

     

    Specialists

    P             Garrett Swanson                              Jr.            Fresno State

    PK           Jared Roberts*                                 Sr.           Colorado State

    Ret.         Carlos Wiggins*                               Jr.            New Mexico

     

    Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Chuckie Keeton, Sr., QB, Utah State

    Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State

    Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Carlos Wiggins, Jr., KR, New Mexico

     

    * – member of the 2013 All-Mountain West first team.

    ** – member of the 2013 All-Mountain West second team.

  • First glimpse at Air Force depth chart reveals little

    Mon, July 21, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    A first glimpse at an Air Force football depth chart (the list is posted below) was made available Monday when the Mountain West released its media guide online. This chart, however, is worth roughly as much as the online paper it is printed on and in many cases reflects only who was healthy at the end of spring practice for the Falcons.

    The new chart also reflects no changes in the base defensive alignment, though those are likely coming.

    Also, any team coming off a 2-10 season is going to hold some open competition for spots in fall camp; so even the spots not impacted by spring availability are still very likely to be altered by the time the team plays its first game in about 40 days.

    So, while fully acknowledging that overthinking any one position is a wasted effort, we’ll do it anyway by pointing out a few key items:

     

    No Jon Lee at tailbabck

    Lee battled injuries and then academic issues in spring practice, so this list could simply be reflective of the fact that he wasn’t available to the team at that point. Still, for a guy who has battled injuries and what appears from the outside looking in to be constant head games from the coaching staff, it might have been nice to throw him the rare vote of confidence and at least put him as a backup. Lee, after all, has been spectacular in bursts for the Falcons. His 6.6 yards per carry over his career place him in a tie for fifth in program history and he has run for 1,096 yards in his career with nine touchdowns. Still, going into his senior season, he doesn’t appear on the team’s initial depth chart.

    It should be noted that Lee’s competition for time at tailback figures to be formidable. Devin Rushing ran for 134 yards on 41 carries as a sophomore last year and was the top tailback in drills through much of spring. Sophomore Jacobi Owens exploded for two long touchdown runs in the spring game.

     

    Presumed starters at corner left off list

    We covered the topic of cornerback injuries during the spring, and this chart is likely just a reflection of that time. Still, it’s worth mentioning that the two players who would have been the assumed starters coming out of last season – Gavin McHenry and Justin DeCoud – are not on the depth chart.

    McHenry started all 12 games at corner last season opposite Steffon Batts, who has since graduated. DeCoud appeared in 11 games, making 29 tackles with two passes broken up.

    Don’t be surprised, however, if Jordan Mays holds onto a starting spot at a corner. Mays moved to corner from safety and has the size to play physically on the edge, something Air Force at times may have needed last season.

     

    Walker up to linebacker

    Coach Troy Calhoun has already confirmed Dexter Walker’s move from safety to linebacker, but this depth chart is the first that change has been reflected in print for public consumption.

    Walker, a big hitter who forced a team-high three fumbles last season, will be freed from the last-line-of-defense pressure of the safety position and allowed to play with more reckless abandon as a linebacker. Also, this opens a spot for touted sophomore Weston Steelhammer to play opposite Christian Spears at safety.

    With Spears and Steelhammer, the Falcons are assured to have the most menacing-sounding names at safety of any team in college football.

     

    Romine in top spot at QB

    Nate Romine was listed as the starting quarterback, but that position is obviously anything but settled.

    Junior Karson Roberts, listed as the backup, gives the Falcons an intriguing option as an option QB and senior Kale Pearson, the starter for last season’s opener, is recovered from a knee injury suffered in the first half of that first game.

     

    Here’s the depth chart Air Force submitted for the Mountain West media guide:
     

    OFFENSE

    OT       Matt Rochell, jr.

    WR      Sam Gagliano, sr.
                Garrett Brown, jr.

    TE        Garrett Griffin, jr.
                Marcus Hendricks, sr.

    LT        Sevrin Remmo, jr.
                Allen Caunitz, soph.

    LG       Jimmy Manuel, sr.
                Colin Sandor, soph.

    OC      Michael Husar, Jr., sr.
                David Jones, sr.

    RG       Andrew Ruechel, jr.
                Patrick Noyes, sr.

    RT       Arinze Uzo-Okereke, jr.
                Luke Brantley, jr.

    QB       Nate Romine, soph.
                Karson Roberts, jr.

    FB       Broam Hart, sr.
                Shayne Davern, soph.

    TB       Devin Rushing, jr.
                Jacobi Owens, soph.

    WR      Jalen Robinette, soph.
                Cody Apfel, jr.

     

    DEFENSE

    DE       Samual Byers, soph.
                Riley Cannon, sr.

    NG      Troy Timmerman, sr.
                David Harris, soph.

    DE       Alex Hansen, jr.
                Ryan Watson, soph.

    OLB    Claude Alexander, soph.
                Patrick Healy, soph.

    ILB      Joey Nichol, sr.
                Connor Healy, jr.

    ILB      Connor Healy, jr.
                Patrick Healy, soph.

    OLB    Dexter Walker, jr.
                Jacob Onyechi, soph.

    CB       Jordan Mays, sr.
                Kalon Baker, jr.

    FS        Christian Spears, sr.
                Hayes Linn, soph.

    SS        Weston Steelhammer, soph.
                Christian Spears, sr.

    CB       Roland Ladipo, soph.
                Kalon Baker, jr.

     

    SPECIALISTS

    PK       Will Conant, sr.
                Drew Oehrle, jr.

    P          Will Conant, sr.
                Brett Dunn, jr.

    LS        Harrison Elliott, sr.
    H         Brett Dunn, jr.

     

  • Notes on Air Force’s roster as media guide released

    Thu, July 17, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    Air Force released its 2014 media guide on Thursday, and with it our first look at a semi-official roster for the upcoming season (minus the incoming freshmen).

    The following are some observations while looking at the roster provided:

     

    Hefty freshman class makes sense

    The future Falcons currently in basic training included several larger than 280 pounds – among them OL Hayden Owen (295), OL Mike Sutton (295), DE Josh Davis, OT J.C. Rast (285) and DE Cody Moorhead (281).

    Looking at the size on this roster, it makes sense why they went so large. Other than OG Jimmy Manuel, who is listed at 285 (up from 275 last year), no Falcons player is listed above 280. Though the Falcons have 12 players at 260 or more, that is fewer than Navy (20 among its non-freshmen) and Army (14).

    Air Force’s heaviest 15 non-freshmen average 264.8 pounds, while Navy’s are listed at 286.5 and Army’s 272.3.

    Of course, size doesn’t mean everything; but it generally doesn’t hurt. Also, these numbers are only those reported under virtually no oversight. If teams want to fudge a bit up or down, that’s their choice.

    Still, it’s clear that Air Force’s returners are much smaller than even their Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy foes, let alone their conference opponents. It therefore makes sense why there’s a bunch of size awaiting entry into the cadet wing.

     

    Names that are missing

    In comparing the roster against the depth chart released before Air Force’s final game of 2013, the only non-seniors who aren’t back are all from the linebacking corps.

    Justin Alabi, Reggie Barnes, Jared Jones, Jordan Pierce and Steven Sumpter, all inside or outside linebackers, are not included on the roster included in the media guide. Those five combined for 19 starts, 146 tackles (65 unassisted, 81 assisted) and 8.5 tackles for loss this past season. The total tackles represent 15 percent of the team total.

    No explanation has been given for the players’ omission from the roster.

    Aside from that group, everyone of note who finished 2013 as part of the Falcons is expected to begin 2014 with them as well.

     

    Local addition

    Unlike last year, Air Force has a Colorado Springs native on the roster in junior Eric Wermuth.

    Wermuth, a junior defensive back, graduated from The Classical Academy in 2011.

    He was the Titans’ team and defensive MVP as a senior and was a two-time all-state academic selection in football.

    Wermuth ran for 958 yards and nine touchdowns over his final two years at TCA, while catching 38 passes for 406 yards and two scores. He also made 129 tackles and three interceptions.

    He’s one of six Colorado natives on the roster, joining Castle Rock brothers Connor and Patrick Healy (Mullen), Bounder’s Sevrin Remmo (Fairview), Parker’s Gavin McHenry (Chaparral) and Highlands Ranch’s Keith Link (Rock Canyon).

     

    Huntsman listed as WR

    Senior Colton Huntsman spent spring practice as a quarterback, mostly out of necessity as the Falcons had lost Kale Pearson and Pate Davis to injuries, leaving only Kale Pearson and Karson Roberts to man the position.

    However, Huntsman is listed as a wide receiver and not a quarterback on the new roster, indicating that time was likely simply a precaution should the team face a situation similar to that of 2013, when it shuffled through four starting quarterbacks.

  • Air Force’s Conant named to Lou Groza watch list

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    Air Force’s Will Conant was one of 30 kickers named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, it was announced on Wednesday.

    Conant, a senior, connected on 11-of- 13 field goals in 2013, including three of more than 50 yards. His final five field goals of the season came from 45, 48, 52, 47 and 52 yards. The native of Edmond, Okla., also made 32-of-33 PATs in his junior season.

    The watch list was highlighted by Florida State sophomore Roberto Aguayo, who will attempt to join fellow Seminole kicker Sebastian Janikowski as the only repeat winner in the award’s history.

    Conant joins teammate Michael Husar on a national watch list, as the senior center was one of 66 named to the Fall Rimington Trophy watch list. The Rimington Trophy honors the top lineman who primarily plays the center position.

  • Game time set for Air Force football game at UNLV

    Tue, July 1, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    The Mountain West Network, a web-only entity, has picked up the broadcast for Air Force’s football game at UNLV on Nov. 8, with the game starting at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. in Las Vegas). 

    Only two games on Air Force’s schedule have yet to receive a kickoff time, and both are road games. The Oct. 11 game at Utah State will be carried by an ESPN network but has not been given a specific network or time. The Nov. 1 game at Army has neither a television assignment or kickoff time.

    Here’s the schedule at this point:

     

    2014 Air Force Football Schedule

    Day         Date               Time               Opponent (TV)

    Sat.          Aug. 30          Noon              vs. Nicholls State (ESPN3)

    Sat.          Sept. 6            8:15 p.m.       at Wyoming*(ESPNU)

    Sat.          Sept. 13         2 p.m.             at Georgia State (ESPN3)      

    Sat.          Sept. 20         –                     OPEN

    Sat.          Sept. 27         5 p.m.             vs. Boise State* (CBSSN)

    Sat.          Oct. 4             1:30 p.m.       vs. Navy (CBSSN)

    Sat.          Oct. 11           TBA                 at Utah State*(ESPN Net)

    Sat.          Oct. 18           1:30 p.m.       vs. New Mexico* (ROOT)

    Sat.          Oct. 25           –                     OPEN

    Sat.          Nov. 1             TBA                 at Army 

    Sat.          Nov. 8             1 p.m.             at UNLV* (MWN)

    Sat.          Nov. 15          Noon              vs. Nevada* (ROOT)

    Fri.          Nov. 21          6:30 p.m.       at San Diego State* (CBSSN)

    Fri.          Nov. 28          1:30 p.m.       vs. Colorado State* (CBSSN)

    *-Mountain West Conference game

    All times local to site

  • Conversation with Falcons basketball recruit Ryan Manning

    Thu, June 26, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    Sacramento, Calif., native Ryan Manning spent a few minutes talking to The Gazette before leaving for basic training on Thursday morning.

     

    What’s your biggest trepidation going in today?
    For me it’s just being away from home. I’m a very family-oriented guy. Academics, I feel I’ll have no problem with them. I’m just trying to go out and have the right mindset that I’m just going out to do my job and do everything I can and just wait for basketball season.

     

    Do you feel the prep school has prepared you for basic training?
    Absolutely. I feel like because I went through the prep school that I’m so much more ready than all the directs. I know what I’m going to do. I know what to expect and what’s going to happen. It’s kind of a good thing and a bad thing. I know what’s going to happen, but at the same time I know what’s going to happen. There are two sides of it.It will be OK. I’m going out with the right mindset. I’m just going to stay positive and keep going. I’ve got Matt (Mooney) with me and a bunch of other friends in my squad.

     

    Is there a bus situation similar to this when you enter the prep school?
    No. There’s no bus to the prep school. At the prep school you just kind of walk in and drop off your bags and do in-processing stuff and then you walk out and line up and they start yelling at you right away.

     

    I assume you’ve heard about the bus and its intensity, correct?
    I’m just going to have to keep from laughing. I’ve heard stories about the directs who start crying and stuff.


    When you were recruited, who much of the military aspect was talked up?
    It was definitely talked up. The whole opportunity of this place was kind of talked into the military part because you graduate as an officer and are guaranteed a job with great pay. It’s an overall great opportunity that comes from the military. That was actually one of the main reasons why I ended up coming here. When I started being recruited I didn’t even think about the military, but when I started hearing about the job opportunities and career opportunities, that was a big reason why I ended up coming here. Basketball-wise, as soon as they said Mountain West, I said, yes, that would be nice.

     

    Being a Sacramento kid, does the Mountain West carry a lot of weight?
    We have Sac State, which is Big Sky. UC Davis is Big West. Fresno is about three hours away, Nevada-Reno is about two hours away. The Pac-12 is the biggest thing out west. I actually had two teammates in high school who are playing at San Diego State (DeCarri Allen and xxxx Williams). They got some minutes early in the year.

     

    Some coaches want you to know every detail that you’re entering into, others take a different approach. How have the basketball coaches been in that regard?
    They’re really good about letting us know. Personally I felt like I overlooked a lot of stuff last year that I was coming into. But overall they did a really good job of letting us know everything we were getting into. They do a good job of telling us we’re going to fine and that people have made it through it before.

     

    Did you talk to a lot of cadets during your visits?
    Not really, I was mostly with the coaches on my visits.

     

    Did you go to any games as a recruit?
    I went to the San Diego State game, UNLV, Boise State, I went to a bunch of home games while I was at the prep school. When I first came for a visit in high school I didn’t go to any games.

     

    Did you come to the prep school determined to stick with it, or was it a feeling-out process?
    A little bit of both. I was going in thinking that I was going to go through the whole thing. But then when basic started I didn’t know if it was for me. I spent much of the year thinking it wasn’t for me, but toward the end of the year I started to realize what a great opportunity I had to play Division I basketball and my career opportunities were just better than any other place in the world. I just decided I was going to stay.

     

    The attrition rate here is obviously fairly high, and I’m sure you saw Tre’ Coggins and Darrius Parker are leaving, as well as a few others from that freshman class. What is it going to take to keep you here?
    Really just basketball. Basketball is going to be my savior, I know that. I’m going to be in the gym as much as possible and try to use that as my escape. Be able to try to get away from all the yelling and the freshman hazing and everything. Just get in there and work out and hopefully get as much playing time and try to contribute to the team as much as possible.

     

    As a player, you’ll line up in a wing position, right?
    Yes, I’m a wing. Kind of a 2-3, 3-4, right around there. I’m originally a 3-4 and developing into a 2-3.

     

    You play the same system at the prep school, so do you feel you have a leg up having gone through that?
    Yes. I know most of the offense. There are some little things that they’ll throw at me. We’ll have an idea of it, but it’ll be a little different. But for the most part it’s the same type of stuff.

     

    Do you like the coaches?
    I love the coaches. They are really down to earth guys and really easy to talk to. Good times.

     

    Your dad (Rich Manning) played in the NBA a little bit, right?
    He did. He went to Syracuse for two years, then transferred to Washington. He got picked up by the Hawks in ’93, then got released the day before the season started. Then he played for the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers. Then he went overseas and played in Turkey and Lebanon for a couple of years.

     

    That would have been right about the time you were born, so were you born overseas?
    No, I was born here. He got picked up by the Clippers in ’95, right after I was born. I was there all through Vancouver. I was born in Sacramento. But then the entire family went with him over to Turkey and Lebanon when I was really, really little. I still remember some stuff, though.

     

    How involved was he in the recruiting process?
    He was my mentor. He’s my everything. He’s actually one of the assistant coaches at my high school, so he was kind of my overseer for everything. He was definitely a big help.

     

    What other offers did you have?
    I had one offer from a junior college and I was going to take a visit to a Division II at Chico State.

     

    Which junior college?
    Northern Oklahoma.

     

    Did you visit?
    I actually canceled that visit to come here for this visit. They were scheduled on the same day. I canceled that visit to come here and I committed right before I left.

     

    Had more Division Is showed some interest, would this decision have been a little tougher – particularly as you were struggling at those times during the prep school? Do think having this as your only Division I avenue made it the carrot to keep chasing?
    It made me stay here. You hate to think of it like that, but I knew this was my only D-1 offer and if I left here I wouldn’t have any other place to go. I stuck with it and toward the end of the year I was comfortable and I was ready to come back.

     

    In your time at home did you sleep as much as possible?
    A little. I got about 8 or 9 hours every night. I spent most of my time working out and hanging out with the family and the girlfriend.

  • ESPN3 picks up Air Force football opener vs. Nicholls State

    Thu, June 26, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    Air Force will open the 2014 football season at noon on Aug. 30 against Nicholls State.

    The time of the game was finalized on Thursday, as the Mountain West announced it was one of three additional games picked up by ESPN3.

    There are now just two Falcons games (at Army on Nov. 1; at UNLV on Nov. 8) that haven’t been claimed by a broadcast network.

    The home slate is now set, with Air Force playing five of its six games in early afternoon hours (all on Saturdays, except the game on Friday, Nov. 28 against Colorado State). The lone late start is a 5 p.m. kickoff against Boise State in the Broncos’ first trip to Falcon Stadium.

    Here’s the schedule as it now stands:

     

    2014 Air Force Football Schedule

    Day         Date               Time               Opponent (TV)

    Sat.          Aug. 30          Noon              vs. Nicholls State (ESPN3)

    Sat.          Sept. 6            8:15 p.m.       at Wyoming*(ESPNU)

    Sat.          Sept. 13         2 p.m.             at Georgia State (ESPN3)      

    Sat.          Sept. 20         –                     OPEN

    Sat.          Sept. 27         5 p.m.             vs. Boise State* (CBSSN)

    Sat.          Oct. 4             1:30 p.m.       vs. Navy (CBSSN)

    Sat.          Oct. 11           TBA                 at Utah State*(ESPN Net)

    Sat.          Oct. 18           1:30 p.m.       vs. New Mexico* (ROOT)

    Sat.          Oct. 25           –                     OPEN

    Sat.          Nov. 1             TBA                 at Army

    Sat.          Nov. 8             TBA                 at UNLV*

    Sat.          Nov. 15          Noon              vs. Nevada* (ROOT)

    Fri.          Nov. 21          6:30 p.m.       at San Diego State* (CBSSN)

    Fri.          Nov. 28          1:30 p.m.       vs. Colorado State* (CBSSN)

    *-Mountain West Conference game

    All times local to site

  • Two more Air Force games picked up for broadcast

    Thu, June 19, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    Two more Air Force games will be televised in the 2014 season, and neither will require a time change away from early Saturday afternoon.

    The home games against New Mexico at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and Nevada at noon on Nov. 15 will be shown on Root Sports, part of the Mountain West’s eight-game package with the network that was announced on Thursday.

    Air Force still has four games that have not been picked up by a network. The Mountain West’s in-house digital network will be next to claim games — though that network is unlikely to ask a team to change prefered times and dates (the Falcons will ask to play home games at noon on Saturdays).

    Last season many Falcons fans grumbled about a schedule that included two Thursday night games and a Saturday night starts among the seven home games. The evening starts, particularly late in the year, led to brutally cold conditions. This year the latest Saturday home start will be a 5 p.m. game against Boise State on Sept. 27. The only non-Saturday home game is a 1:30 p.m. start against Colorado State on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which will feel like a weekend anyway (though without the cadet wing in attendance).

    Here’s the up-to-date Falcons schedule:

    2014 Air Force Football Schedule

    Day     Date           Opponent (TV)                             Time

    Sat.      Aug. 30      vs. Nicholls State                          TBA

    Sat.      Sept. 6        at Wyoming*(ESPNU)                  8:15 p.m.

    Sat.      Sept. 13     at Georgia State (ESPN3)             2 p.m.

    Sat.      Sept. 20     OPEN                                              –

    Sat.      Sept. 27     vs. Boise State* (CBSSN)             5 p.m.

    Sat.      Oct. 4         vs. Navy (CBSSN)                           1:30 p.m.

    Sat.      Oct. 11       at Utah State*(ESPN Net)            TBA

    Sat.      Oct. 18       vs. New Mexico* (Root)              1:30 p.m.

    Sat.      Oct. 25       OPEN                                              –

    Sat.      Nov. 1         at Army                                          TBA

    Sat.      Nov. 8         at UNLV*                                        TBA

    Sat.      Nov. 15      vs. Nevada* (Root)                        noon

    Fri.      Nov. 21      at San Diego State* (CBSSN)       6:30 p.m.

    Fri.      Nov. 28      vs. Colorado State* (CBSSN)       1:30 p.m.

    *-Mountain West game

    Times are local to site

  • Q and A with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun on new and proposed NCAA regulations

    Wed, June 18, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    If the NCAA expands some of the benefits allowed for players, how might that impact Air Force?

    I don’t think for us it makes too much of a difference. The reason I say that, is, can someone out there maybe dangle out that they can put a little more cash in your pocket if you go there? That may certainly come up in a conversation in a home. However, I think someone who’s inclined to make the sacrifice and go the military route is going to go that way. There’s some small factors. I shouldn’t say a blanket no.

     

    What would those factors be?

    Being able to go on a date and not wonder if you’re going to be able to pick up the tab. Or not having to wonder how you’re going to go home. That may seem small, but it might make an impact.

     

    What about the lifting of food limits? I know previous guidelines were specific enough to say, for example, that athletes could be given bagels but no cream cheese. Those rules did apply to you as well, so will the change be a benefit?

    I don’t think so for us. Maybe providing a little different crustables for a snack, which I realize sounds humorous.

     

    I’ve talked with some of your players who have lost a lot of weight during a season, might this be a chance to give some of those guys a bit more food?

    We can. We’ll certainly work that and provide some items. Can it make a difference in caloric intake and nutrition? Slightly.

     

    Would this not help also as incoming recruits talk with current cadets, because wouldn’t things like access to food come up in those conversations?

    I would much rather that it’s open and it’s quite honest about the difficulties and the realities that you’re going to go through, rather than have someone come in and after three months say, ‘My goodness, this is not what you told me.’ I think that’s the only way you can have reasonable retention at the Air Force Academy. I think less selling and more just plain, direct, honest talk, you’ll have a better officer and you’ll have someone who truly has a better experience.

     

    The changes would primarily just impact snack availability, correct? Because Air Force doesn’t have a separate cafeteria or “training table” for athletes, does it?

    No. everyone eats in the same place at Mitchell Hall. You eat breakfast and lunch with your squadron. If it’s someone who is a member of the choir, it’s the same thing.

     

  • F-FC grad Kevin Davis back in the mix for CSU after injury

    Wed, June 18, 2014 by Brent Briggeman with no comments

    KevinDavisFountain-Fort Carson graduate Kevin Davis is healthy this summer for Colorado State.

    Davis, who earned All-America honors from Parade after his senior year in the Trojans, appeared in 23 games and made 23 tackles as a true freshman in 2012. He made five stops in a road game at Air Force that season.

    His 2013 season was marred by a knee injury that limited him to just four games. The NCAA granted Davis a medical hardship, so he will be a sophomore heading into the 2014 campaign.

    “He just went through spring practice and did every practice,” said CSU linebackers coach Tim Skipper. “We didn’t have to take him out of any drills or anything, so we’re looking forward to him being healthy.”

    The Rams’ post-spring depth chart lists Davis at No. 2 at weak-side linebacker, behind senior Aaron Davis.

    Skipper cautioned against putting much stock in that chart.

    “That all gets solidified after training camp,” he said. “You could put my name in there if you want.”