The comments weren’t much on the surface, but from Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, they spoke volumes.
Calhoun doesn’t usually single out players during or after spring practice, to keep competition alive and well and push players to improve over the summer months. But, when it came to quarterback Connor Dietz, he offered that Dietz looked pretty good over those 15 spring practices.
“I thought he did some really, really good things in the spring,” Calhoun said.
That Dietz played well isn’t a big surprise, he’s going into his fifth season (he got a ninth semester under the Cadet Hardship Program) and played extensively over the past few years behind Tim Jefferson. He will go into training camp as the starter, and even with some intriguing young players behind him, it’s hard to believe he won’t be the starting quarterback for the season opener. That’s important for a team that replaces a lot of starters. Of course, Calhoun did stop short of proclaiming Dietz the clear starter.
“He’s a candidate,” Calhoun said. “And he had a really quality spring.”