Troy Calhoun is a polite man, and while he didn’t raise his voice very high when it was suggested in his press conference today that Air Force had “way more talent” than Northwestern State, he shot back right away.
“Wait a minute, can you say that again?” Calhoun said, not waiting for the statement to be repeated before his diatribe began. “How many draft picks have they had in the history of their school? 32. And Air Force has had five. They’ve had 13 guys that have been chosen in the first four rounds of the NFL draft. How many has the Air Force Academy had?”
The answer, of course, is none. Calhoun went on.
“We’ve got plenty of work to do, and our guys understands that too,” Calhoun said. “You’re playing against an extremely capable opponent.”
Calhoun talked about Northwestern State’s transfers – a few that came from from Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and LSU.
“”We don’t have anybody in our program who was offered or signed by a Big 12 school,” Calhoun said.
None of that should matter. Northwestern State was 0-11 in the lower-division FCS last year, and lost to Nicholls State. Air Force beat Nicholls State 72-0 last season.
Calhoun is mindful of Air Force’s typical role as an underdog, at least when it comes to recruiting top athletes out of high school, so he had to balance out the kind words for Northwestern State with some for the Falcons too.
“I’ve also learned in due time, that even though other places have guys might have had more stars behind their name in high school, what you end up coming to find out is we have good players too,” Calhoun said.