Air Force held its sixth “spring” football practice in the snow and cold at Falcon Stadium yesterday. One of the biggest tasks in front of the Falcons is figuring out how to replace standout nose guard Ben Garland, who will graduate in May.
When I did an article on Garland last fall, I spoke to Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who heaped praise on Garland. He said Navy “could not block him,” and he called Garland “an all-time great” at the academy.
Navy won’t miss Garland. Air Force will. Big time.
Moving to the ice, Air Force plays host to Sacred Heart tonight and Saturday. Gazette hockey writer Joe Paisley checks in on the Falcons and the defensive duo of Tim Kirby and Scott Mathis.
Also, keep an eye on what happens this weekend with the Air Force baseball team. After an 0-4 start, the Falcons meet Navy for a three-game series in Georgia, starting today. The Falcons went 12-136 in Mountain West Conference competition in Mike Hutcheon’s first six seasons at the academy (no, really, 12-136). And I’m not exactly expecting them to challenge for the MWC crown this season. But shouldn’t Air Force expect to beat another service academy?