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Random Thoughts…AF vs UNLV

Injuries are part of College football. These two teams have been hit a bit harder than most. UNLV won’t have Quarterback Armani Rogers Friday night-He’s out with a toe injury. Rogers is a dynamic player and the Rebels offense was built around him. His back-up Max Gilliam may not be the runner Rogers is, but he is a solid quarterback…Air Force will be without QB Donald Hammond, with that high ankle sprain injury. Honestly thought it was much worse.  Hammond is a good runner and has a big arm that will be missed…..I still think the Falcons have been inconsistent on offense. Isaiah Sanders will start Friday night. It’ s a good idea for all of us to remember that he is still very young in terms of gameday experience-but with that in mind he has to run better and throw with more authority. .. UNLV has given up 109 points on defense in the last 2 games. That’s a big OUCH!! They may have trouble slowing the option. But the Falcons have to avoid helping them. Air Force had 5 huge penalties last week that slowed or killed drives…The Falcons are close, but have to find a way to finish. 4 losses by 23 points-Ya know what that gets you? 4 losses. And the window is closing. Air Force has to win 4 of their last 6 to become bowl eligible-and there’s no gimmies on the schedule. It’s been a less than average season, purely from a wins and losses perspective. Can the Falcons make the last 6 weeks memorable, for all the right reasons? The quest begins Friday Night.

 

Join us live from Sam Boyd Stadium, with coverage at 6 and the Kickoff at 8pm Friday on Colorado’s 740 KVOR.

RANDOM THOUGHTS-AIR FORCE VS NAVY

I have had a lot of people ask me about the Quarterback situation with Air Force.  Arion Worthman started last week in place of an injured Isaiah Sanders. Then Worthman was replaced by DJ Hammond, who almost rallied the Falcons to victory. Worthman has not played well, and his two fumbles Saturday gave him a ticket to a seat on the bench. Just get the feeling he is way down on the depth chart…I liked the play of Hammond. He is a big kid, and ran over a Wolfpack defensive back last week. He will only get better. I like Sanders as well, but he’s only averaging 2.5 yards a rush. That has to get better. If you play the hot hand, it has to be Hammond starting Saturday, yes?….Thought the AF Defense played a good second half against Nevada. But they are not getting to the Quarterback and when you have time to throw you will complete a bunch of passes. Heck opposing QB’s are competing 68% of their passes against the Falcons..Way too high…The Falcons may have to blitz a ton the rest of the way…And 2 more points about the Falcon Offense…Gotta convert better on 3rd down. Right now Air Force is only converting 34%. They may have to get a bit more creative in play calling and throw the ball more when they don’t HAVE TO throw the ball. Navy is not expecting that, and I think it’s a great way to keep them off balance. Look, the Midshipmen have had two weeks to get ready and a I promise you they did not spend all that time worrying about the Falcons passing attack. So maybe you throw more to set up the run…And Air Force has to play more with the lead. Playing from behind more times than not is not a winning recipe…Navy’s defense has played better as of late…Malcolm Perry is a dangerous QB, and everyone in the starting backfield is averaging 6 plus yards a carry. You make one mistake and miss a shot to bring Perry down, and he is gone….It’s a typical Navy team, with a strong fullback and an excellent coaching staff…But they have not won in Colorado Springs since 2012.

 

Live coverage begins Saturday at 1130am. We’ll have the kickoff at 130 on 740 KVOR.

Random AF Thoughts…

This is the 3rd consecutive passing team the Falcons will face as they host Nevada at 2pm Saturday on 740 KVOR. We’ll see how much Defensive Coordinator John Rudzinski adjusts his defense, if at all,  from the last 2 weeks. It’s so tough to get to a quarterback in the shotgun, with just a 3 or 4 man rush. The Falcons may have to blitz a lot more to help their secondary….have really enjoyed watching Free Safety Jeremy Fedejelem and Cornerback Milton Bugg the 3rd…Love how Air Force is playing rush defense. They fill gaps and close quickly…Wasn’t quite sure why last week Arion Worthman was put in at Quarterback for Isaiah Sanders in the second half for a few drives. Worthman’s ball handling wasn’t good and resulted in one turnover. I still think he can help Air Force. Sanders has been steady, but last week probably had too many rushing attempts (26) and only gained 58 yards. His run production needs to improve. Sanders is averaging only 2.9 a carry. Worthman is at the moment the better runner. But Sanders has thrown the ball well so far, (17-30-294 1 td 1 int.)….Really like Kadin Remsberg at tailback. He had 94 yards rushing last week on 17 carries. And he gives the Falcons something they sorely lack-speed to get to the corner….And if I’m Mike Thiessen, I find a way to get Z Wide Receiver Ron Cleveland more touches. He makes things happen. He had 7 carries for 47 yards rushing and caught 4 passes against Utah State. He’s a breakaway threat. Gotta get him the ball 15-18 times a game, no?…A big key Saturday, is how well the Falcons Offensive line plays. Nevada is #1 in the conference in tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The O-line has to keep the Wolfpack out of the backfield.

Live Coverage of Air Force and Nevada-Saturday at 2 on 740 KVOR.

OFFENSE A PROBLEM FOR AIR FORCE?

2 games is a small body of work, but you get the sense that Air Force has a lot of work to do on offense. The unit has looked okay, not great, not bad, in 2 games this season. But there’s this feeling that something is missing. Maybe it’s because we have been spoiled the last several years, first with WR Jalen Robinette, and most recently with RB Tim Mcveigh. And to be fair, it does take time for a teams personality to take shape. However there are fans (and media) wondering who the next big time playmaker will be. At one time it looked to be QB Arion Worthman, and it still could be. But the Falcons replaced him with Isaiah Sanders against Florida Atlantic. It was a curious move, one seemingly designed to give the offense a spark. I’m not sure it did. Head Coach Troy Calhoun talked after the Florida Atlantic loss about how the offense needs to be more consistent. True, you can’t blame all that on either quarterback. And, it sounds like both signal callers will play against Utah State. Nobody has truly emerged as a go-to running back yet. The Falcons took a long time during last weeks bye to look at Joey Saucier, who was injured early against FAU, Nolan Eriksen, and Kadin Remsberg, who is expected to start Saturday at Utah State. I know the Falcons want, and expect more out of Worthman, and he has shown some of that late in his sophomore year, and very early in his jr campaign. But whatever the position, and whomever the player, someone needs to emerge as a legitimate, and consistent threat when they get the football. It’s still early, but conference play is here, and there are no more byes. Air Force needs to find that player quick.

 

Our coverage of Air Force and Utah State begins Saturday night at 6. The kickoff is at 815, with Jim Arthur and Jesse Kurtz, on 740 KVOR.

A Good Test for Air Force

A good test for Air Force Saturday in Boca Raton against Florida Atlantic.Coaches say you make the most improvement between game 1 and game 2. There’s no doubt the Falcons are playing a much better team in game 2.The Owls were blasted last week by Oklahoma, but everyone may get blasted by the Sooners this year. Here’s what I’ll be looking for on Saturday:

1) AF Defense vs the Florida Atlantic Offense. The Owls run a no huddle, spread offense. They have a dynamic runner in Derek “Motor” Singletary. He scored 32 touchdowns last year and may be a darkhorse Heisman candidate. He is very tough to bring down 1 on 1. The Owls will also throw deep and short, trying to get guys in space. Air Force is going to have tackle very very well, swarm to the ball, and limit yards after the catch.

2) AF Offense vs Florida Atlantic Defense…I think, for the Falcons, the best formula will be long, time consuming drives. Keep FAU’s offense off the field. The Owls have a ton of experience on this side of the ball, but they
may have trouble locking into the option. Air Force must also complete some passes today to keep the Owls off balance. The Falcons may make a change at quarterback. Don’t be surprised to see Isaiah Sanders. Arion Worthman was a bit banged up after Stony Brook and Sanders took a lot of first team reps at practice this week.
And….Florida Atlantic has a ton of team speed. A ton. If Singletary gets past the first line of defense, he is difficult to stop. A great test for John Rudzinski’s defense to see how far they have come from a season ago….Finally..AF needs some big plays on offense. Who steps up? Who makes a 50 yard run? Who hauls in a long touchdown pass? We’ll be watching.

 

Live Coverage Saturday morning begins at 10. We kick it off at noon, live on 740 KVOR.

RANDOM THOUGHTS-AIR FORCE VS NAVY

I have had a lot of people ask me about the Quarterback situation with Air Force.  Arion Worthman started last week in place of an injured Isaiah Sanders. Then Worthman was replaced by DJ Hammond, who almost rallied the Falcons to victory. Worthman has not played well, and his two fumbles Saturday gave him a…MORE

Random AF Thoughts…

This is the 3rd consecutive passing team the Falcons will face as they host Nevada at 2pm Saturday on 740 KVOR. We’ll see how much Defensive Coordinator John Rudzinski adjusts his defense, if at all,  from the last 2 weeks. It’s so tough to get to a quarterback in the shotgun, with just a 3…MORE

OFFENSE A PROBLEM FOR AIR FORCE?

2 games is a small body of work, but you get the sense that Air Force has a lot of work to do on offense. The unit has looked okay, not great, not bad, in 2 games this season. But there’s this feeling that something is missing. Maybe it’s because we have been spoiled the…MORE

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