Had a chance to sit down with a pair of management majors – Nick Charles and Chris Thomas – on Wednesday at the Mountain West Conference media days.
Something I didn’t know about Thomas that I know now: Since switching majors (from biology to management) his major GPA is 3.95. Not bad.
Here are some thoughts from the Falcons’ two player representatives at media days:
On Air Force being selected fourth in the MWC preseason media poll: “I think coach (Troy) Calhoun has done such a great job these past couple years, getting us to a place where we can receive some credit like that. But we don’t really take much stock in those polls. We’ve still got to play every game. We can’t look past anyone.”
On playing with sophomore free safety Jon Davis: “I’m excited to play with him. He’s a great athlete. He got his feet wet a little bit last year, and I think that’ll help him this year.”
On how good Air Force can be: “I think we can be the best we’ve been since I’ve been here. I feel like we’ve got a ton of talent. If we’re able to put it together and mesh well as a team, which I think we can do – that’s usually not a problem at the Air Force Academy as far as personalities clashing – I think we have the potential to be pretty good.”
On big games this year: “The Minnesota game’s a big game out of conference, a Big Ten team. It would be good for our program and good for the conference. The Navy game, obviously, we have that monkey on our back that we’d like to get off. But the big thing, obviously, is we’ve got to take it one game at a time.”
On whether Air Force is no longer the underdog after getting picked fourth in the preseason poll: “I think we’re always going to be the underdogs. I don’t ever see this program – whether or not it goes undefeated year after year – ever being picked to be number one. And that’s kind of the approach and mentality we have to take. We’re never going to be as big, we’re not as fast, we can’t jump as high, but when it comes to being on the field, we bring something special, and I think that’s really what’s going to set us apart and get us over that hump to be a top performer in the conference.”
On potential starting center Mike Hampton: “He brings a lot to the table. He’s a kid who’s resilient. He’s been here for a while, he’s been through a lot, he’s a tough kid and we’re all looking forward to playing right next to him. He’s going to be a good guy to kind of work around.”
On if he cares who plays quarterback: “Absolutely not. If you look at our potential starter right now and all the way down the depth chart, we’ve got really, really tough kids. And no matter who’s back there, they’re going to find a way to make it happen.”