• Air Force takes advantage of Rembert’s versatility

    Thu, September 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said before the season that he might move cornerback Reggie Rembert around some on defense this year, and last week Air Force started to give Rembert a little more to do.

    In dime packages, Rembert was moved around. He played some deep safety and also a little at the linebacker level.

    “I think he knows his own job of corner where he’s able to play a role like that,” Calhoun said.

    Rembert played a bit of a spy role against Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, and blitzed a few times as well. While moving Rembert around could make it tougher for opposing quarterbacks to avoid him – something that has happened a bit this season – Calhoun said the opponent could determine Rembert’s role.

    “It’s going to be from week to week,” Calhoun said.

  • Hockey: Two defensemen sitting out Monday exhibition

    Thu, September 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Senior Brad Sellers and junior Tim Kirby, two of AFA’s top returning defensemen, will sit out Monday’s exhibition against Lethbridge, coach Frank Serratore has said. Both are healthy enough to play after offseason shoulder surgery, but there was little need to risk injury, he added. That also frees up  ice time for less experienced blue-liners.

    Admission to Monday’ s 6 p.m. game is free.

  • Report: “Everybody else” but Air Force prefers nine conference games

    Thu, September 30, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    The Idaho Statesman ran a Q&A with Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson, and one of the topics was scheduling in the new-look conference. When the conference has 10 teams, a nine-game conference schedule seems inevitable, even though Air Force is against it.

    The Falcons want an eight-game conference slate, to keep its flexibility in non-conference scheduling. Air Force is unusual in the conference because it has two games against Army and Navy that are annually on its non-conference slate. Air Force likes to play a lesser opponent on Parents Weekend and a big-name school for exposure and financial reasons in its other two games.

    “Air Force is kind of the outlier,” Thompson told the newspaper. “And I understand exactly their position — Army, Navy, nine conference games. Are they going to play Oklahoma or are they going to play Northwestern State? They’re going to have to make that decision. They don’t want to have to make that decision. I get it completely. But I think everybody else is pretty much saying nine.

    “It’s partially financial. You don’t have to pay … whatever the game fee is. It’s a free game. It naturally makes sense (as a conference). That’s the true winner, you played everybody. What happens if hypothetically TCU and Boise State don’t play or you don’t play one of them? You say, ‘Well, wait a minute, you won the conference but you didn’t have to play Boise State. That’s not right.’ ”

  • Thursday’s daily links

    Thu, September 30, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    Tim Jefferson and Ricky Dobbs face each other once again this Saturday. Pretty amazing that two guys from the same area are quarterbacking two of the three service academy teams. (“Small world,” Jefferson said about it.)

    In the notes, Zach Kauth is one guy that will have to step up in Kevin Fogler’s absence. Also, an update on ticket sales for Saturday.

    Navy news: An update on the two injured players returning for Saturday’s game. … Here’s a laundry list of the big plays Navy has made during its seven-year winning streak.

    Around the Mountain West/service academies: The job of coaching never ends. In a bye week, Utah will be hitting the recruiting trail hard. … BYU and Utah State have been banged up by injuries. … Is TCU going to the Big East? … Wyoming’s run game has been rejuvenated. … New Mexico coach Mike Locksley got a vote of confidence from the regents. … Army vs. Temple might sell out.

  • How good is Navy?

    Wed, September 29, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    Air Force’s good start is one reason the Falcons are a 10-point favorite to beat Navy this Saturday. Another reason is, Navy hasn’t been as good as advertised so far this season.

    The Midshipmen were a media darling in the preseason. Sports Illustrated wrote about them and declared a perfect season possible. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs didn’t disagree.

    “We want to have a perfect season,” Dobbs, a popular preseason Heisman darkhorse pick, told the magazine.

    Then the Midshipmen started 0-1, with a loss to Maryland. Then Georgia Southern, a Football Championship Subdivision team, held Navy scoreless in the second half and the Midshipmen escaped with a 13-7 win. Navy had just 193 yards in that game.

    Navy trailed 23-16 at halftime the next week against Louisiana Tech before rallying for a 37-23 win. So Navy didn’t fly out of the gates this season, but are hopeful to keep things moving in the right direction.

    “There’s always room for improvement,” Navy safety Wyatt Middleton said. “Each we’re we’re trying to get better.”

    Navy had a close loss to Maryland, barely missing a conversion on a fourth down and goal late in the game. Had the Midshipmen gotten the touchdown, their start would look at lot different.

    “I don’t know if we’re playing great, but in my mind we’re about a foot from being 3-0,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said.

    Niumatalolo said playing Georgia Southern just five days after the opener against Maryland led to Navy’s poor performance. In the Louisiana Tech game he saw some good signs. With a bye week before the Air Force game, there’s reason to believe the Midshipmen are back on track.

    “The second half against Louisiana Tech was the closest we’ve come to playing well on both sides,” Niumatalolo said.

  • Wednesday’s daily links

    Wed, September 29, 2010 by admin with no comments

    There’s a strong sentiment that this is the year Air Force snaps the losing streak to Navy. Even the Midshipmen understand this will be a very tough game for them.

    Navy news: The Midshipmen are getting healthy – safety Emmett Merchant has also returned to practice, along with offensive tackle Matt Molloy.

    Around the Mountain West/service academies: Still some controversy on the illegal hit by Nevada that knocked BYU’s Romney Fuga out for the season. … UNLV isn’t doing anything to rile up Nevada. … TCU is doing the same with Colorado State. … CSU lineman Tyler McDermott was benched before last week’s game, but give him credit for not going in the tank. He came in and helped the Rams get their first win. … Ah, the old “players only meeting” story – this one from New Mexico. … An injury update from Army.

  • Why Fogler’s injury will drain the Falcons Saturday against Navy

    Tue, September 28, 2010 by David Ramsey with no comments

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  • Tuesday’s daily links

    Tue, September 28, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    You do get the feeling that thie Air Force team won’t be tight in the fourth quarter against Navy. The Falcons need to make those plays that have eluded them in previous meetings.

    Navy news: Starting right tackle Matt Molloy will return to the lineup this week. … Navy coaches went with their players to class last week, when the team was on a bye.

    Around the Mountain West/service academies: BYU’s offense hasn’t gotten off to this bad of a start in 35 years. … After finally getting a win, Colorado State has to play TCU. … Wyoming hopes to get back on track against Toledo. … Things aren’t good in New Mexico. … George Blanda had a connection to Army.

  • Air Force to wear special uniforms for Saturday’s game

    Mon, September 27, 2010 by admin with 16 comments

    In Monday’s practice, Air Force’s offensive players wore the same special jerseys they’ll wear for Saturday’s game against Navy. The jerseys are a navy blue, with red and white stripes on the shoulders and a bolt on the sleeve. The nameplates on the back of the jersey either read “Freedom” or “Service.”

    The team will wear special helmets and pants, too.

    “I like them,” receiver Kyle Halderman said. “It’s something different.”

  • Figuring out Air Force’s run defense issues vs. Wyoming

    Mon, September 27, 2010 by admin with 4 comments

    Heading into Navy week, it’s not the best thing to be coming off a disappointing game stopping the run.

    The Midshipmen rank ninth in the nation in rushing offense, were fourth last year, and have to be watching Air Force’s defensive film against Wyoming a little closer than usual this week. Wyoming, which had just 73 rushing yards in its first three games, had 174 against Air Force. The Cowboys ran just 45 plays on Saturday (Air Force had 84) or the rushing numbers might have been even bigger.

    “You hate that,” linebacker Jordan Waiwaiole said. “To defend the run so well against Oklahoma, to come to Wyoming and they get 140 yards in the first half, that’s not something you’re happy with.

    “Wyoming played great, and they punched us in the face a couple times. We were able to regain our composure and go back at them.”

    The issues Saturday might not be an indication the Falcons have an incurable problem on their run defense. They were simply not prepared for Wyoming to run the ball. That’s defensible, considering the Cowboys had averaged .88 yards per carry before Saturday. And the Falcons did play the run much better in the second half, which is a positive sign before their game against the Midshipmen’s rushing attack.

    “We game-planned all week that they were going to throw 80 percent of the time, five wides and spread us out,” cornerback Reggie Rembert said. “They came out with a lot of running and we weren’t prepared for it. We had to come in at halftime and adjust.”