Air Force held its second-to-last practice for Wednesday’s Armed Forces Bowl this morning at TCU.
Here are some notes from the session and some other random tidbits:
Ball Handling Will be Key: Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said his team has to be better than Houston when it comes to handling the football if it is to beat the Cougars Wednesday.
The Falcons did not handle the ball well in Sunday’s practice, he said.
“I just think we’ve got to be a lot cleaner,” he said.
Weather: It’s actually quite pleasant right now if you’re in the sun. Right now there isn’t a cloud in the sky, and it’s in the low-50s. Tomorrow it’s supposed to get up to 65, according to Weather.com. That’s far better than it was last year in the days prior to the bowl.
Injury Update: Calhoun said senior fullback Todd Newell (ankle) is “very doubtful” for Wednesday’s game. Newell dressed for practice but sat out nearly all of it. Senior nose guard Jared Marvin (knee) did not dress for practice and will not play Wednesday, Calhoun said. Freshman Jonathan Warzeka “dinged up” his hip in Saturday’s practice and is “probably 50-50.”
Sophomore outside linebacker Patrick Hennessey (shoulder) and senior inside linebacker Brandon Reeves (shoulder) are probable. Sophomore Z receiver Kyle Halderman, who had mono, will play.
That’s What They Came up with?: Remember on The Simpsons when Mayor “Diamond” Joe Quimby was running for re-election and his slogan was: “Quimby: If you were running, he’d vote for you.”
No? Well, I thought that was hilarious.
Anyway, I was thinking about that slogan for some reason when I saw the slogan the Houston Cougars had on the side of their equipment truck: “Have You Joined the Cougar RedVolution?” The “RedVolution?” Really?
Bowl Gifts: One of the benefits of playing in a bowl for players is the gifts they receive from the bowl.
So far Air Force players have gotten sweats, shoes and basketball shorts with the Armed Forces Bowl logo. They also got suitcases with the logo and today are expected to get watches.
Back with another post in a few hours.