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Notes from Air Force spring football practice

Published: March 6, 2014, 10:27 pm, by Brent Briggeman

Spring game officially set for District 20 Stadium

Air Force will play its spring football game at District 20 Stadium at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19.

Coach Troy Calhoun said plans were finalized on Thursday morning, fulfilling his request to not only play the program’s first spring game in several years, but to do so at a venue that would make it more accessible to fans.

District 20 Stadium is adjacent to Liberty High School, near the intersection of Research and Powers in northeast Colorado Springs.


Uncertainty on serious issues

Calhoun refused comment when asked how pending cutbacks in budget and personnel might impact the football program, and on whether any football players were among the 40 freshmen being investigated for cheating on a chemistry test.

“There’s been nothing that’s happened in terms of, that involves any of our… we’ll find out who it involves as we go,” Calhoun said of the cheating scandal. “If any.”


Linebacker Nichol misses practice

Junior linebacker Joey Nichol wore a red shirt in practice on Thursday, as he was out with what Troy Calhoun described as lingering effects from a groin injury suffered this past season as well as an shoulder problem.

“I don’t think it’s anything more than a one-week thing,” Calhoun said.


Calhoun on the quarterbacks

The Air Force coach, a former quarterback, talked about the three guys seeing time at that position this spring – Nate Romine, Karson Roberts and Colton Huntsman:

“Those three guys are getting all the reps right now. It’s been good. It’s been very good for them. They are clearly better players than they were in August, or last year. Clearly. Just for them to be able to get this much, day after day, just concentrated and intense work is only going to make them better players. I think they understand the offense better, they have better poise, when it comes to delivering the ball, changing a play, just handling the ball more than anything else, you can tell. They’re able to make more plays with their feet just because they’re more decisive. For all those guys, they’ve had good springs.”