Air Force coach Troy Calhoun gave sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz good marks for his performance in yesterday’s 23-16 overtime loss at Utah.
But this evening, as expected, Calhoun did not name Dietz the starter for the rest of the season or even this Saturday’s game at Colorado State. That’s at least in part due to Dietz’s injured right hand.
Dietz hurt his throwing hand on the fourth play of the game but did not miss even a snap. He will not practice tomorrow.
-Air Force cornerback Reggie Rembert also will not practice tomorrow. Rembert was drilled on two straight kickoff returns and did not return to the game after the second.
“We’ve just got to make sure that he’s clear, just his vision and everything,” Calhoun said. “And it was today. … We’ve just got to get through 72 hours just to find out where he is. … It’s something we don’t mess around with.”
-Calhoun said sophomore P.J. Adeji-Paul played well in relief of Rembert. He also praised the play of junior slot receiver Kyle Halderman and senior inside linebacker John Falgout.
-Calhoun was unhappy with his team’s kickoff coverage. The Utes returned five for 123 yards (24.6 average). Air Force returned three kickoffs 54 yards (18.0).
“I thought it was a pretty significant part of field position,” Calhoun said.