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Wednesday Practice Musings

Published: August 27, 2008, 9:34 pm, by admin

A new weekly feature of The Gazette’s Air Force coverage was launched today.

Each week, I will do a video preview of the Falcons’ upcoming game. You can find it by visiting the sports section of The Gazette’s web site (here) and then scrolling down to the “Local Videos and Promotions” section.

You also can find the video here. Sorry about the wind.

Some notes from today’s practice. …

-Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said the plan for his quarterbacks remains the same for Saturday’s game against Southern Utah. Senior Shea Smith most likely will start and play early, but junior Eric Herbort also will play. …

-Justin Moore was back at practice today but did not participate. He missed Tuesday’s session after going to the hospital Monday night because of a stomach issue. “He should be able to practice tomorrow,” Calhoun said. “He was held out today as more of a precaution, but tomorrow he ought to be fine.” …

-Senior nose guard Jared Marvin did not practice on Wednesday. Marvin, who had surgery after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee during the spring, had returned to practice well ahead of schedule. But Calhoun thinks it’s too soon for the senior.

“We’re going to just hold off with him for a little bit,” Calhoun said. “He thinks he’s more ready than physically he is. That’s meant in a respectful way toward the kid. We just need to put him on the back burner until he physically can exert. He’s doing everything he possibly can. He’s way, way ahead of schedule, and he’s even further beyond in his own mind of what he really is.” …

-Freshman tailback Paul Weatheroy’s rookie season is over before it really even started. I wrote about this more extensively in the previous post, so scroll down for more. …

-If practice today was any indication, these guys are ready to play. Even though the players were in just shoulder pads and helmets, the session was physical. It even included a minor skirmish.

On the very last play of practice, sophomore outside linebacker Will Keuchler tossed (according to my freshman roster) Jon Escamilla, a scout team player, to the ground. Some words were exchanged and a brief scuffle ensued.

I loved it, because I thought it showed players are intense, fired up and chomping at the bit to play a game. After practice I asked Calhoun if he almost likes to see that kind of thing.

“No, I don’t,” he said. “I don’t like to see it, but I love the intensity. I just think you’ve got to have enough poise where you don’t hurt your own team. There’s that line where as soon as it becomes a personal vendetta, then all of a sudden it impacts your squad.”

Both players were made to run after the incident.