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New running backs coach settling in

Published: February 25, 2011, 6:26 pm, by admin

New Air Force running backs coach Des Kitchings didn’t have long to learn everything he needed to know about his new players before he was out on the field coaching them.

Kitchings was hired to replace Jemal Singleton on Feb. 7, after Singleton left for Indiana (and soon after that left Indiana for Oklahoma State). As such, Kitchings’ goals for spring practice were modest.

“First of all, I just want to get familiar with the guys,” Kitchings said.

Kitchings had some background in an option offense, but nothing as in depth as he has experienced so far at Air Force. His role is important, especially considering Air Force is searching for a new fullback.

Players have been impressed in their few interactions with Kitchings.

“He’s a nice guy, really good guy, but gets in your face when you need to fix something,” fullback Mike DeWitt said. “Look forward to working with him.”

Kitchings has been adjusting on the fly at Air Force, but so far it hasn’t been so bad.

“It’s just football,” Kitchings said. “Football is great, it’s just a different environment. It has all been good.”