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  • Rembert wants some offensive snaps

    Tue, July 27, 2010 by admin with no comments

    With a wide smile, cornerback Reggie Rembert made it clear that he wants more responsibility this season. After Rembert made a comment at the Mountain West media conference about Falcons players sometimes having to play other positions, coach Troy Calhoun let the media know that Rembert is lobbying him for offensive snaps.

    “He think he’s going to be playing both ways,” Calhoun said.

    Rembert jumped right in.

    “For sure,” Rembert said. “I’m ready to go back to some offense as well.”

    Rembert, a first-team All-MWC pick at cornerback and an excellent returner, played some offense in 2008. Calhoun wanted him to concentrate on cornerback last year. Rembert, a senior, wants to go back to being a two-way player.

    “It would be nice,” Rembert said.

  • Air Force: 4th in MWC poll, 3 on All-MWC 1st team

    Tue, July 27, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Air Force did pretty well for itself in the preseason Mountain West Conference awards, announced this morning, but the Falcons still couldn’t crack the top three of the preseason poll.

    Air Force is picked to finish fourth in the conference, behind the typical big three of TCU (which got all 31 first-place votes), Utah and BYU. There was a pretty narrow gap between BYU and Air Force, with the Cougars getting 207 points and the Falcons getting 195.

    The first-team included three Falcons players. Fullback Jared Tew was one of the two running backs, along with Utah’s Eddie Wide. Both of Air Force’s cornerbacks, Reggie Rembert and Anthony Wright, were selected. The league put five defensive backs on the first team due to a tie in the voting.

    Getting three players on the first team is a solid honor for the Falcons, considering the team put just those three players up for nomination. Air Force also landed more first-team players than any other team but TCU, which had a league-high eight, and Utah, which had four. San Diego State also had three players on the first team. BYU had just two.

  • Report: WAC commish says no way to MWC in BCS

    Mon, July 26, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    Deep in this story from the Idaho Statesman is an interesting comment about the state of the Mountain West and the chances of the conference getting in the BCS mix.

    Basically, WAC commissioner Karl Benson thinks that the chances of the MWC getting an automatic bid went out the door when Utah agreed to join the Pac-10, and adding Boise State doesn’t make a difference.

    “Especially now losing Utah, they’re not even going to be close to meeting the criteria,” Benson said. “If Utah hadn’t gone to the Pac-10, I think the Mountain West would have been in very, very good position to seek the exception. Now I really don’t believe they have a chance.”

  • Chad Hall wants to keep you updated from Eagles training camp

    Mon, July 26, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    Here’s a cool thing Chad Hall is going to do over the next month: He’s going to keep all his fans updated daily via Twitter from Eagles training camp at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. I think every Air Force fan would be entertained by following his progress @chadhall16.

    It will certainly be interesting to see if Hall makes it on the Eagles this year. Air Force fans are well aware of Hall’s greatness in college and at least two Eagles reporters predict he’ll make the final roster. He faces a big challenge after two years away from football, but he has a shot.

    We’ll keep up with him through August here on the blog, and you can get the story right from Hall on Twitter.

    “Will post every day,” Hall said in a text message.

  • Couple more Air Force previews before MWC media days

    Mon, July 26, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    Saw through a heads up from Militarytimes.com (and the Gazette’s Angie DiSalvo) that the New York Times ranked Air Force at No. 48 on its blog, The Quad – although that preview was done by Pre-Snap Read, who also had Air Force at the same spot. Still, if the New York Times puts its stamp on it, we’ll go with it. And prepare to shake your head at this one: The Orlando Sentinel has Army 44th overall, and MilitaryTimes.com says that’s higher than Tennessee, Michigan, Clemson and Notre Dame. The Black Knights return a lot of starters, but that still seems high.

    Just picked up Phil Steele’s annual work of art, his 328-page college football preview (if you’ve never read it, you’re missing out. Only Blue Ribbon does more extensive work … and lucky for you, Blue Ribbon’s Air Force preview is free on ESPN.com). Steele watches an insane amount of games and has great statistical models, which make his work compelling and authentic. He has Air Force as the 47th best team in the nation (Navy is 48th … Army not in the top 52, although Steele rights they have a great shot at a bowl). Steele’s top four in the Mountain West conference are TCU, Utah, BYU and Air Force. Cornerback Anthony Wright is the only Falcon on his All-MWC first team, with fullback Jared Tew (ranked 7th nationally by Steele among all fullbacks in the nation), defensive lineman Rick Ricketts, cornerback Reggie Rembert and kicker Erik Soderberg on the second team.

    Can’t wait for the Mountain West to release its preseason poll and preseason All-MWC teams this week at the media days. As a reminder, Jake and I will be filling up the blog on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I’ll be tweeting live (Twitter @GazetteAirForce) any bit of information from Troy Calhoun, the conference’s other coaches and the players there. Should be plenty to talk about.

  • AFA great Chad Hennings heaps praise on teammate John Steed

    Sat, July 24, 2010 by David Ramsey with no comments

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  • The Gazette’s All-Time Air Force Football Team

    Sat, July 24, 2010 by admin with 5 comments

    With great excitement, we present … The Gazette’s All-Time Air Force Football Team.

    It’s the best 25 players in academy history, as selected by the Gazette with fabulous input from a panel of former and current Air Force sports information personnel, coaches and players.

    Please check out:

    -At this link, a list of the 25 players on the team, along with an explanation of how the idea for the team came about, an explanation of how the team was chosen and a list of the toughest omissions (the guys we felt worst about leaving off the squad).

    -Capsules for each of the 25 players at this link.

    -A column by David Ramsey on arguably the best player in academy history.

    -If we’ve got an All-Time Air Force Team, who’s going to coach it? Find out here.

    I think we’ve put together a great team. But let us know what you think. You can give us your All-Time Air Force Football Team by following the directions at the end of this link.

    Enjoy.

  • COMING SUNDAY: The Gazette’s All-Time Air Force Football Team

    Fri, July 23, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Just a reminder that The Gazette will publish its All-Time Air Force Football team on Sunday.

    The team will consist of 25 players – 11 on offense, 11 on defense and three specialists – chosen by a group of current and former Air Force sports information personnel, coaches, players and observers.

    We’re working on an on-line companion for the team so readers can submit their own picks. More details on that to come.

  • TSN’s Air Force Preview

    Fri, July 23, 2010 by admin with no comments

    The Sporting News Ranks Air Force No. 42 in the nation. Here’s more from the publication about the Falcons.

  • Linebackers still an issue

    Wed, July 21, 2010 by admin with no comments

    It was too soon for Troy Calhoun to say whether any player will be unavailable for the first full-squad training camp practice on Aug. 2, but there is some lingering concern about the linebacker position.

    Senior inside linebacker Ken Lamendola (knee), senior outside linebacker Patrick Hennessey (shoulder) and sophomore outside linebacker Alex Means (foot) missed spring practices with injuries. Lamendola seems to be questionable, at best, for the start of camp.

    “We’ll see,” Calhoun said about Lamendola. “He’s doing everything he possibly can when it comes to treatment and rehab. He’s probably still a ways off, though.”

    Linebacker is a position that concerns Calhoun, aside from the health situation. He mentioned linebacker and a completely revamped offensive line as two major priorities coming into camp. Linebacker has been a worry the entire offseason for Air Force, and it hasn’t subsided in Calhoun’s mind.

    “That’s a position we need to have some guys emerge,” Calhoun said. “I’d say both inside and outside. It’s an area we need some guys to come to the forefront.”