Sure didn’t feel like spring out at Falcon Stadium this afternoon.
It was cold and, near the end of practice, some snow began to fall.
But that’s how Air Force coach Troy Calhoun likes it.
I wrote for tomorrow’s edition of The Gazette about the Falcons’ offensive line. Though Calhoun noted that the starting spots are written in pencil, here was the group that worked with the first-team offense, from left tackle to right tackle:
Freshman Jason Kons, junior Tyler Schonsheck, sophomore Michael Hester, sophomore A.J. Wallerstein and junior Chase Darden.
As I noted in the article, Calhoun would like to find eight players who he can use on a rotating basis (two centers, three guards and three tackles). But I think it will be important for the Falcons to decide on starters and their backups soon. Because one of the reasons the 2009 line was so good was their familiarity with each other. They knew each other’s tendencies and how to play with one another.
“Yeah, they did,” Calhoun said.
Calhoun said he isn’t in a hurry to name a starting five. However, he acknowledged that it would be good to establish the rotation “just because there’s so many calls that change as the defense alters, and you’ve got to be able to communicate it instantly.”
Odds and Ends
-Sophomore running back Paul Weatheroy, who blew out his left knee in the fall of his freshman season (2008) and then again last spring, was not at practice Monday. Calhoun said Weatheroy still is rehabbing the knee.
-A real strength of this team could be the secondary. Both starting corners (Anthony Wright Jr. and Reggie Rembert) are back, along with their backups (P.J. Adeji-Paul and Josh Hall). Starting free safety Jon Davis also returns. It appears as if sophomore Phil Ofili will get first crack at replacing Chris Thomas at strong safety.
-Air Force has cancelled its March 11 practice and instead will practice tomorrow (Friday) at 4 p.m. at the stadium.