Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson might look a little rough, but he should be able to play against Army next Saturday.
Jefferson appeared to suffer a broken nose against New Mexico in an otherwise easy 42-0 win. Connor Dietz took Jefferson’s place and played very well, rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown.
When asked if Jefferson could have come back in the game if needed, Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said, “Possibly.” Although Air Force will perform further tests on Jefferson, it’s probably safe to assume he will be able to start next week.
“It might not be pretty, that’s the challenge, but I don’t think these guys care about aesthetics,” Calhoun said.
The other major injury Air Force suffered was to defensive end Harry Kehs, who had a shoulder injury. He was in a sling after the game. Air Force spent most of October without its three starting defensive linemen from the first game, and Kehs was a co-starter with Ben Kopacka early in the season.
The good news for the defensive line is Kopacka got a few snaps against New Mexico, nose guard Ryan Gardner started and played a more expanded role (he returned to the lineup last week), and end Zach Payne might return next week from a knee injury.