Some notes from Tuesday’s practice:
-Air Force used water-soaked balls for parts of practice. According to weather.com, however, it looks like it could be pretty nice on Saturday in West Point, N.Y. Partly cloudy, high of 56, low of 36 and a 10 percent chance of precipitation.
-Senior receiver Spencer Armstrong probably still is two weeks away from returning, Calhoun said.
“He’s still a ways off,” Calhoun said. “He’s going like crazy over there (trying to get back), but you can just tell he’s a deer with a bad hoof, watching him move.”
-Stat that jumped out at me today: Army senior fullback Collin Mooney needs 126 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. If he does it, it would be just the 13th 1,000-yard season recorded by a player in Army history.
Just 13? That seemed crazy to me.
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun pointed out that some of the Black Knights’ most famous players only played nine-game seasons. And, with Army running the wishbone, the carries were spread out amongst a handful of players.
Air Force has had at least 14 players rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season (I say at least, because that’s as far as the record book I have goes). They are:
1. Beau Morgan (1996) 1,494
2. Chad Hall (2007) 1,478
3. Dee Dowis (1987) 1,315
4. Dee Dowis (1989) 1,286
5. Beau Morgan (1995) 1,285
6. Brian Bream (1970) 1,276
7. Chance Harridge (2002) 1,229
8. Keith Boyea (2001) 1,216
9. Rob Perez (1991) 1,157
10. Rodney Lewis (1989) 1,073
11. John Kershner (1982) 1,056
12. Andy Smith (1988), 1,040
13. Bart Weiss (1985) 1,032
14. Pat Evans (1984) 1,015
Of those 14 1,000-yard seasons, eight were achieved by quarterbacks, four by fullbacks and two by tailbacks.
-The Air Force junior varsity won “handily” over NMP, according to Calhoun. The freshmen on the junior varsity will face the academy prep school on Nov. 7 for what should be a preview of coming attractions for the Falcons.
-The Army fight song played throughout most of the practice.
It’s still ringing through my head.