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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.
May 22 - 4:34 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."
Apr 15 - 10:29 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.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Air Force senior RB Anthony LaCoste attempted 22 runs for 109 yards in Thursday's loss to San Diego State.

LaCoste's career high in yards was previously 77 yards, set on August 31 against Colgate. He isn't an NFL prospect. Air Force has lost six straight games and is heading into slaughter next week in South Bend against Notre Dame. If you're looking for positives, there's this: There isn't a cooler live animal on a college football sideline than Air Force's eagle.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:19:00 AM

Air Force removed five players from its football team, including starting senior S Anthony Wooding.

Head coach Troy Calhoun refused to offer an explanation for the removals but the five student athletes are still enrolled in the Academy. The other four include linebacker Jamil Cooks, receiver Mikel Hunter, receiver Brandon Hirneise, and tight end Devin Durden.
Source: The Gazette
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 01:30:00 PM

Following Asher Clark's dismissal from the academy, his father spoke out about how he feels the academy has made an example of his son.

Clark thought he was smoking tobacco and not another substance that was in violation of the academy’s rules. His dismissal took place mere days prior to his scheduled graduation and his father feels Clark is being made an example in what is a zero-tolerance academy policy. Clark completed his playing eligibility last season as the program’s second-leading career rusher with 3,594 yards.
Tue, May 22, 2012 01:41:00 PM

Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson threw for 2 TDs and ran for a third in a 42-41 Military Bowl loss to Toledo.

Jefferson was 13-of-22 for 159 yards and had 61 yards on 14 carries. It was the fourth time this season he totaled at least 3 touchdowns. The senior finished the season with 14 TD passes and 11 rushing.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 09:10:00 PM

Jonathan Warzeka had 163 yards on only 10 touches in Air Force’s 42-41 loss to Toledo in the Military Bowl.

Buoyed by a 60-yard run, the senior had 95 yards rushing on 6 carries. Warzeka also had 50 yards on 3 receptions, one of which resulted in a 37-yard TD. He added and 18-yard kick return.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 09:05:00 PM

Status of Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson is unknown after he suffered a possible concussion against Wyoming.

Jefferson left in the first quarter of the Falcons’ loss to Wyoming and did not return. Connor Dietz took over and played the rest of the way. Coach Troy Calhoun indicated it may be Wednesday before he knows anything about Jefferson’s availability for Saturday’s game against UNLV. Jefferson has thrown for 1,129 yards and 8 touchdowns and rushed for 373 yards with 9 TDs this season.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 10:24:00 AM

Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson practiced on Monday, but coach Troy Calhoun did not state if he would be the starter against Army on Saturday.

Tim Jefferson was removed in the second quarter of a 42-0 win over New Mexico with a facial injury, described previously in the Post as being to the bridge of his nose. Army is coming to Colorado Springs, which means Calhoun will want Jefferson under center from the get-go. A victory gives the Falcons the Commander-in-Chief Trophy for the second straight year. Jefferson has thrown for 1,007 yards, rushed for 298 and totaled 15 touchdowns.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Nov 1, 2011 11:15:00 AM

Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson established career highs for yards, completions and attempts against San Diego State.

Jefferson's numbers look surreal compared to most every other stat line in his career at Air Force. Running an option-based attack, it is rare that he would put the ball in the air as many as 15 times in a game. On Thursday night, he was 22-of-36 for 224 yards -- all career highs. He also tied his career high with 2 TD passes. Jefferson had 71 attempts in the first five games this season, including 24 against Notre Dame last week.
Fri, Oct 14, 2011 08:36:00 AM


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