Air Force opens spring football practice a week from today, and coming in Monday’s edition of The Gazette will be our spring football preview package.
But here are some quick notes as the Falcons prepare to hit the field …
Light at linebacker
Air Force will be relatively healthy for spring but a trio of potential starting linebackers will miss most to all of the 15 practices.
Junior inside linebacker Ken Lamendola (knee), junior outside linebacker Patrick Hennessey (shoulder) and freshman outside linebacker Alex Means (foot) all still are rehabbing injuries suffered last season.
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said Lamendola will not participate in spring practice, and that Means and Hennessey could make it back for the end of spring.
Sophomore quarterback Tim Jefferson “might be a bit limited,” Calhoun said, in spring practice because of his right knee. Jefferson had a minor arthroscopic procedure on the knee to clean it up.
Junior Bradley Connor has been moved from the defensive line to offensive guard.
“We felt that was his best chance to get on the field,” Calhoun said.
In addition, junior Ben Cochran will begin spring practices at safety. Cochran, who was a reserve quarterback last year and took the majority of snaps in the BYU game after Jefferson left with a rib injury, began last fall on defense but was moved back to quarterback early in the season.
One player who won’t change positions is Asher Clark. The sophomore, who spent last spring and August at quarterback, will be at tailback in the spring.
With Jefferson limited, Clark at tailback and Cochran back on defense, Air Force’s snaps will be split between sophomore Connor Dietz and freshmen Justin Smith and Tucker Tipton.
Graduate assistants chosen
Air Force has selected its graduate assistants for the 2010 season.
Justin Moore and Nick Charles will assist the academy team, while Chris Thomas and Ryan Gonzales will work with the prep school squad.
Calhoun said there would be some players who missed practice time for academics, but he did not name any.
“Every year we’re going to have that because we’re going to make sure that’s understood thoroughly that that’s the priority.” …
The Falcons’ first practice is set for Thursday at 3:30 p.m.