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  • Football Odds and Ends

    Thu, February 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    I’m heading off to Falcon Stadium momentarily to watch Air Force’s sixth – yes, sixth – spring practice.

    Here are some odds and ends from the first third of spring drills:

    Connor transition: Junior Bradley Connor still has “a ways to go,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said, to settle in at offensive guard. Connor was moved to the offensive line from nose guard prior to the start of spring practices.

    “Great work ethic, a guy that loves playing football,” Calhoun said of Connor. “Skill-wise, there are still some things he’s got to pick up as far as being an offensive guard. He was a heck of a wrestler in high school, so just the natural body control he’s got. You want to see him be more sudden coming off the ball. He’s got to get where he knows what to do so well that he’s a little quicker coming off the football. Right now he’s a little bit late coming off the ball.”

    Replacing Geyer: One of the Falcons’ biggest graduation losses was Brandon Geyer, Air Force’s punter last season and its holder the last three seasons.

    Calhoun said there’s “probably a good chance” junior Ben Cochran will take over as the Falcons’ holder.

    “He was the backup holder last year, he’s a baseball player, he’s got great hand-eye,” Calhoun said. “That part of it you really, really like.”

    As for who will step in at punter, that’s a long ways from being resolved.

    “We look good in pregame, we hit the ball really well in warmups, and then as soon as we get in drills – not even close, just very, very inconsistent,” Calhoun said.

    “We’ve got guys that are capable – really, really capable. But nobody’s stepped forward at all. Even getting a 35-yard punt doesn’t happen that often right now. And even when they’re 29- and 30-yard punts, they’re flat, line drives.”

    No. 2 Tailback: Unlike last year, when Asher Clark spent spring practice playing quarterback, Clark is working at tailback.

    But the Falcons should have some depth at the spot. Freshmen Cody Getz and Darius Jones both have shown some spark early in spring drills.

    “Cody’s probably a bit ahead of Darius right now,” Calhoun said. “Especially with ball skills. Just the ball doesn’t go on the ground quite as much, either catching a pitch or running it. But both of those guys, they’re intriguing guys. I think spring ball for them is significant in terms of what they do over these next 10 practices.”

    Calhoun said if the Falcons were to play today, Getz would be Clark’s backup. The number three tailback would be either Jones or junior Savier Stephens.

    Coming in tomorrow’s edition of The Gazette: A look at the massive hole in the middle of the Falcons’ defense left by the departure of Ben Garland.

  • All-MWC Football Teams Awards

    Tue, December 1, 2009 by admin with 3 comments

    The All-Mountain West Conference football teams were announced this afternoon, and just one Air Force player – junior cornerback Reggie Rembert – earned first-team honors.

    Six Falcons were named to the second team: Junior fullback Jared Tew, senior guards Nick Charles and Peter Lusk, sophomore kicker Erik Soderberg, senior nose guard Ben Garland and sophomore cornerback Anthony Wright Jr.

    Teams and award-winners are below:

    Offensive Player of the Year: QB Andy Dalton (TCJ, Jr.)

    Defensive Player of the Year: DE Jerry Hughes (TCU, Sr.)

    Special Teams Player of the Year: Ret. Jeremy Kerley (TCU, Jr.)

    Freshman of the Year: QB Austyn Carta-Samuels (Wyoming)

    Coach of the Year: Gary Patterson (TCU)

    First-Team Offense
    QB: Andy Dalton (TCU, Jr.)
    WR: David Reed (Utah, Sr.)
    WR: Ryan Wolfe (UNLV, Sr.)
    RB: Harvey Unga (BYU, Jr.)
    RB: Eddie Wide (Utah, Jr.)
    TE: Dennis Pitta (BYU, Sr.)
    OL: Matt Reynolds (BYU, So.)
    OL: Erik Cook (New Mexico, Sr.)
    OL: Marshall Newhouse (TCU, Sr.)
    OL: Marcus Cannon (TCU, Jr.)
    OL: Zane Beadles (Utah, Sr.)
    PK: Ross Evans (TCU, So.)
    PR/KR: Jeremy Kerley (TCU, Jr.)

    First-Team Defense
    DL: Jan Jorgensen (BYU, Sr.)
    DL: Jerry Hughes (TCU, Sr.)
    DL: Koa Misi (Utah, Sr.)
    DL: John Fletcher (Wyoming, Sr.)
    LB: Carmen Messina (New Mexico, So.)
    LB: Daryl Washington (TCU, Sr.)
    LB: Stevenson Sylvester (Utah, Sr.)
    DB: Reggie Rembert (Air Force, Jr.)
    DB: Rafael Priest (TCU, Sr.)
    DB: Nick Sanders (TCU, Sr.)
    DB: Robert Johnson (Utah, Sr.)
    P: Adam Miller (New Mexico, Sr.)

    Second-Team Offense
    QB: Max Hall (BYU, Sr.)
    WR: Vincent Brown (San Diego State, Jr.)
    WR: DeMarco Sampson (San Diego State, Sr.)
    RB: Joseph Turner (TCU, Sr.)
    RB: Jared Tew (Air Force, Jr.)
    TE: Andrew George (BYU, Sr.)
    OL: Nick Charles (Air Force, Sr.)
    OL: Peter Lusk (Air Force, Sr.)

    OL: Caleb Schlauderaff (Utah, Jr.)
    OL: Jake Kirkpatrick (TCU, Jr.)
    OL: Zane Taylor (Utah, Jr.)
    PK: Erik Soderberg (Air Force, So.)
    PR/KR: Dion Morton (Colorado State, So.)

    Second-Team Defense
    DL: Wayne Daniels (TCU, Jr.)
    DL: Ben Garland (Air Force, Sr.)
    DL: Johnathan Rainey (New Mexico, So.)
    DL: Cory Grant (TCU, Jr.)
    LB: Tank Carder (TCU, So.)
    LB: Mychal Sisson (Colorado State, So.)
    LB: Brian Hendricks (Wyoming, So.)
    DB: Andrew Rich (BYU, Jr.)
    DB: Anthony Wright Jr. (Air Force, So.)
    DB: Tejay Johnson (TCU, Jr.)
    DB: Chris Prosinski (Wyoming, Jr.)
    P: Brian Stahovich (San Diego State, So.)

    Honorable Mention
    Air Force:
    John Falgout (Sr. LB), Brandon Geyer (Sr. P), Ryan Gonzales (Sr. OL), Chris Thomas (Sr. DB).
    BYU: Coleby Clawson (Sr. LB), Brett Denney (Sr. DL), Scott Johnson (Sr. DB), Brian Logan (Jr. DB), Riley Stephenson (Fr. P), R.J. Willing (Sr. OL).
    Colorado State: Adrian Martinez (Sr. OL), Nick Oppenneer (Sr. DB), Cole Pemberton (Sr. OL), Shelley Smith (Sr. OL), Tim Walter (Sr. OL).
    New Mexico: Kendall Briscoe (Sr. DL).
    San Diego State: Davion Mauldin (Sr. KR), Jerry Milling (Sr. LB).
    TCU: Evan Frosch (Jr. TE), Antoine Hicks (So. WR), Jeremy Kerley (Jr. WR), Ed Wesley (Fr. RB), Jimmy Young (Jr. WR).
    UNLV: Jason Beauchamp (Sr. LB), Joe Hawley (Sr. OL), Matt Murphy (Jr. OL).
    Utah: Joe Phillips (Jr. K), Sean Sellwood (Fr. P), Sealver Siliga (So. DL), Mike Wright (Sr. LB).
    Wyoming: David Leonard (Jr. WR), Austin McCoy (So. P), Mitch Unrein (Sr. DL).

  • Tuesday Morning Links

    Tue, November 10, 2009 by admin with no comments

    I wrote for today’s edition of The Gazette about Brandon Geyer, Air Force’s senior punter who was named the Mountain West Conference special teams player of the week on Monday.

    One of the main points of the story was that Geyer always has been able to punt for distance, but he has greatly improved his hang time this season.

    Consider: Geyer (granted, with just nine punts in backup duty) averaged 48.9 yards per punt last season, 10 yards more than starter Ryan Harrison.

    But the kicks too often had too low a trajectory. Last season against Wyoming, the one game he handled all the Falcons’ punting duties, he averaged 50.3 yards per punt. But his net punt (which takes into account touchbacks and returns) was just 37.6.

    Saturday against Army, he averaged 48.2 yards on six punts, and his net punt was 46.7. That’s outstanding.

    Falcon5410 left a comment asking if Geyer can earn All-Mountain West Conference honors. I would say absolutely. Geyer ranks third in the league in punting average (43.1) and the Falcons rank second in net punt.

    One thing I need to check is how many times Geyer has pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line. He’s been great with that.

    Also in today’s paper, hockey writer Joe Paisley’s story about Falcons coach Frank Serratore receiving another five-year contract.

  • Geyer Named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week

    Mon, November 9, 2009 by admin with 2 comments

    Air Force senior punter Brandon Geyer was named the Mountain West Conference’s special teams player of the week this morning for his performance in Air Force’s 35-7 victory over Army.

    Geyer averaged 48.2 yards on six punts, including a career-long 71-yarder and a 63-yarder that was the third-longest of his career. Geyer had one punt downed inside the Black Knights’ 20-yard line and finished with a career-best punting average of 46.7 yards, as Army returned just one punt for nine yards on the day.