Here are some of the more interesting Air Force-related notes from the first day of MWC media days in Las Vegas …
-According to Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, none of his official visit recruits (in other words, the top recruits that Air Force brought to the academy for a visit) have quit basic training. Calhoun estimated that number at about 23.
Calhoun said retaining the recruits that are brought in on official visits prior to national signing day is “going to be one of the keys over the long haul … because those are the kids that probably we’re competing with other schools for from a recruiting standpoint.
“All those kids have hung in there pretty good. Now they aren’t head over heels thinking they’ve landed in a rose garden, but their spirits have been very good.”
-Calhoun said the incoming freshmen would practice for the first time on Sunday, Aug. 3. They will practice without the rest of the varsity, and the practice likely will be closed. The next day they would practice after the varsity session, again by themselves. They will first practice with the rest of the varsity in the second of two sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
-Calhoun said senior Z receiver Ty Paffett, who had back surgery in late June, still is “not able to do anything lifting- and running-wise with complete exertion. And yet he seems to think that by the middle of August he’s going to be in good shape and ready to go. … I know this, if Ty Paffett cannot practice or cannot lift every day with our football team once we get into game plans and preparation, he’ll struggle. But if he can, he will play well.”
-My main story that will appear in tomorrow’s edition of The Gazette is about the quarterback position and the quarterback situation at Air Force. So I talked with Calhoun a lot about quarterbacks Monday. And I had to ask this question at the end of our discussion: Would you rather have your quarterback situation or the Green Bay Packers’ situation?
“Oh, shoot,” Calhoun said, laughing. “I mean the Packers, they’ve got two very capable guys. And we do too, though. We’ve got capable guys too.”
-Check back in tomorrow, with more notes flying at you fast and furiously.