Monday Odds and Ends

Published: September 28, 2009, 7:46 pm, by admin

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun said after practice today that he has not yet decided upon a starter for Saturday’s game at Navy.

However, he was encouraged that sophomore Tim Jefferson participated in practice. Jefferson started the Falcons’ first three games but missed last Saturday’s with an injured right ankle. Sophomore Connor Dietz played in his place.

“Being able to practice, I think, is a good step forward,” Calhoun said of Jefferson. “Which I think you’ve got to do. I think this week the thing you’ve got to have is you’re going to have to have a good bit of practice work.”

Calhoun said he wanted to make a decision on a starter by tomorrow but added, “I don’t think it’s an absolute.

“I think any time you can do something a little bit sooner, then the more helpful it is. Just so those guys work. I just think it’s best for everybody to work as a unit as much as you can.”

-Calhoun said he’d have a better idea about sophomore tailback Asher Clark (shoulder) on Tuesday. As for senior strong safety Chris Thomas (groin), Calhoun said: “I would think he goes. Goodness, yes.”

-Air Force will depart for Maryland on Thursday after practice – a change from two years ago when the Falcons played at Navy and last season when they played at Army. Air Force traveled on Friday for both of those games.

Calhoun said he wanted to leave a day early – as teams did for the Army and Navy games under former coach Fisher DeBerry – just so they had more time to get settled. And by leaving Thursday afternoon, they won’t miss any more class time than they would if they left Friday Morning.

“Last year, in hindsight, was a mistake,” Calhoun said, referring to the trip to Army. “We had a noon (Eastern) kickoff at Army, and we left on Friday morning, and we just didn’t get there and get settled and have enough time. That was part of it. This year it’s a little bit later kickoff (at Navy, 3:30 eastern). But that’s still something you do recall from last year.”

-The Mountain West Conference extended its agreement with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl for the next four-year bowl term (2010-2013).

The bowl will continue to get second choice of bowl-eligible MWC teams – the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will continue to have the first selection.

The MWC opponent in the bowl will come from the Western Athletic Conference except if Navy is bowl eligible in 2010 or if Army is bowl eligible in 2013.