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Calhoun raves about Air Force football team’s conditioning

Published: August 27, 2013, 7:07 pm, by Brent Briggeman

Troy Calhoun kept his players running extra long after one of the practices early this season. It’s not that he was punishing them, he just wanted to satisfy his own curiosity.

“I thought we might be able to do it for hours,” he said.

Calhoun clearly likes this team. He’s excited about the energy and the talent, and he’s particularly pleased by the condition in which the squad arrived for the season.

“I think we are in superb condition, aerobically,” coach Troy Calhoun said. “I’ve never been around a football team that is in better aerobic shape than we presently are. We have to be a superbly conditioned football team and we are.”

Perhaps it’s no coincidence, then, that Air Force has escaped preseason practice with relatively few injuries, particularly those not caused by contact.

Defensive lineman Robert Green hurt his knee in a scrimmage and will likely miss two months, but the other injuries were minor. Receiver Ty MacArthur is back in practice after dealing with a hamstring issue and linebacker Connor Healy is also fighting a hamstring problem, one that will likely keep him out of the first game.

Freshman linebacker Jake Riley is playing with a cast after breaking his wrist and sophomore linebacker Ian Imamura is also fighting an undisclosed injury.