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Air Force WR Jalen Robinette accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Robinette offers a nice frame at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. Air Force's offense held him to 188 in four years, but the triple-option also sucked defenders into the box and helped Robinette average 21.8 yards per catch. He's in the late-round discussion with a solid week.​
Jan 14 - 9:34 AM

Air Force awarded HC Troy Calhoun a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Just a minor extension for Calhoun, whose previous contract had been set to expire after the 2020 campaign. In 10 seasons at the helm of the Falcons' metaphorical aircraft, Calhoun's built up a 77-53 overall record. Air Force turned in a 10-2 regular-season record in 2016, then kept the good vibes going in bowl action with a 45-21 win over South Alabama in the Arizona Bowl on December 30.
Jan 9 - 7:56 PM

Air Force senior RB Jacobi Owens rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in Friday's 45-21 win over South Alabama in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

Air Force fell behind 21-3 in the second quarter before they got their offense going in earnest. They hit the end zone twice in that quarter, with the latter score coming on a one-yard run by Owens. That knotted the score at 21-21. The Falcons would come out screeching in the second half, outscoring South Alabama 24-0 the rest of the way. The 6-foot, 202-pound Owens finished the 2016 campaign having rushed for 859 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:14:00 PM

Air Force senior WR Jalen Robinette caught three passes for 104 yards in Saturday's win over Army.

Robinette entered Saturday's action averaging a robust 25.9 yards per reception. He was well over that mark against Army, punking the Black Knights at a 34.6-yard average. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior is well worth a fantasy gander at this juncture, as he has surpassed 100 yards receiving in four of his last five games. That includes monster 5-163-1 and 7-182-1 performances against New Mexico and Navy, respectively.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 03:39:00 PM

Air Force senior RB Jacobi Owens rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries in Saturday's 31-12 win over Army.

Saturday's victory saw Owens pick up his third 100-yard rushing performance in nine tries. A large chunk of the 6-foot, 202-pound senior's output came via his long run of the afternoon, a 59-yard rumble. For the season as a whole, Owens has now rushed for 609 yards and three touchdowns. He looks to be finishing out a fine 2016 campaign, but in terms of fantasy, he just doesn't offer enough on a consistent basis for serious starting consideration.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Air Force senior WR Jalen Robinette has been invited to the East West Shrine Game.

The Falcons obviously run a run-based offense, so Robinette's opportunities are limited. On the season he has 21 catches for 568 yards and four touchdowns. Scouts will have plenty of tape on the Air Force receiver, dating back to his best season in 2014.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 11:27:00 AM

Air Force senior QB Nate Romine was able to practice in full on Monday after suffering an undisclosed injury on Saturday.

Air Force HC Troy Calhoun would not offer details as to the exact nature of Romine's injury, but it was enough to force him to exit in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over Abilene Christian on Saturday. "We'll see as we go. He did a good bit [on Monday]. He's just nicked," said Calhoun. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior suffered a catastrophic knee injury last September, tearing both his MCL and ACL. For that reason alone, the Falcons are keeping a close eye on Romine's health. Air Force squares off with Georgia State on Saturday.
Source: The Gazette
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 03:33:00 PM

Air Force senior RB Jacobi Owens rushed for 119 yards on 12 carries in Saturday's win over Abilene Christian.

Owens failed to find the end zone in what was otherwise a shiny afternoon for the 6-foot, 202-pounder. He averaged a healthy 9.9 YPC in the victory. D.J. Johnson and Shayne Davern both received more carries than Owens and Air Force figures to use a variety of pieces in their triple option blitz throughout the 2016 campaign.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Air Force senior S Weston Steelhammer was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

In addition to being a member of the All-Time Great Name Team, Steelhammer is a tremendous player. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder led the team last season with 80 tackles. He chipped in 10.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions (11 over the past two years) to earn All-Mountain West first team honors. Oh, and Steelhammer is a smart dude and an all-around nice fellow. On the National Honor Society in high school, he completed cadet cadre survival training in 2015.
Sun, May 22, 2016 04:34:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that Air Force TE Garrett Griffin is drawing interest from Lions, Saints, Chargers, 49ers, Chiefs and Broncos.

Griffin would be a clutch UDFA signing, but he may end up slipping into late Day 3 because of the roster versatility he promises. He's a tight end with 4.75 wheels and a 36-inch vertical leap at 6-foot-4, 237 pounds. Griffin could make it as initially as a long-snapper. But he does have enough receiving chops to possibly become an effective H-back/fullback down the line. He's lauded for his blocking technique firstly. "He’s been huge at the point of attack in the blocking game," Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen said. "He’s physical, he’s athletic, he’s powerful, he can handle big-time players, which (Utah State had). Kyle Fackrell over there was a big-time player, he handled him."
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 10:29:00 PM

Air Force junior FB D.J. Johnson (hamstring) will not play Tuesday against California in the Armed Forces Bowl.

The 5-foot-10, 235-pounder couldn't kick the nagging hamstring injury prior to Tuesday afternoon's kickoff. Johnson finishes 2015 with 425 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 82 carries after logging 330 yards and eight scores on 81 attempts as a sophomore.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 02:01:00 PM

Air Force junior QB Nate Romine reportedly posted a social media status indicating that he tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Romine shared his status on his private Facebook page, which led to Air Force radio broadcaster Jim Arthur publicly tweeting about the Facebook update on Monday. Meanwhile, Air Force itself has yet to update Romine's status. While the extent of the injury has yet to be announced, at least not publicly, senior QB Karson Roberts will take over moving forward. OC Mike Thiessen indicated that the team has no plans to change its offense in the absence of the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Romine.
Source: gazette.com
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Air Force coach and NCAA Football Rules Committee chairman Troy Calhoun backed off earlier comments and said he only supports a rule change to slow offenses if evidence can be found that such a change would decrease health risks.

Last week, Calhoun said a rule change would "enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute." He's begun to change his tune, perhaps because of the backlash from both the public and forward-thinking offensive coaches. "The key is this: I think the only way that it can or it should become a rule is if it is indeed a safety concern," Calhoun said. "And that can't be something that's a speculation or a possibility. I think there's got to be something empirical there where you realize, 'Yep, this truly is a health matter' in terms of not being able to get a defensive player off the field."
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 02:32:00 PM

Air Force hired Ron Vanderlinden as an assistant coach.

Vanderlinden's job title hasn't yet been released. Vanderlinden has been at Penn State since 2001. The linebackers coach was fired in December.
Mon, Feb 3, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Air Force senior RB Anthony LaCoste accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

LaCoste is a grinder who put up 890 rushing yards in Air Force's option-based offensive system in 2013, but he isn't an NFL prospect. He'll always have the memories, however, such as dropping 263 yards and three touchdowns against bitter rival Army in a 42-28 victory on Nov. 2.
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