2012 AIR FORCE SEASON PREVIEW:
The United States Air Force Academy is known throughout the NCAA world as putting one of the most competitive football teams together year after year. The Air Force Falcons had one of their best seasons in years during 2011 by finishing with a 7-6 record overall and 3-4 in the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Additionally, the school won the Commander-in-Chief Trophy (by defeating both Army and Navy) for the second year in a row and also made an appearance in the Military Bowl, where they fell to the University of Toledo 42-41. Head coach Troy Calhoun knows that he has one of the most talented rosters out of all the service academies and is likely looking to prove that they can play with the heavyweight schools during 2012.
Although Air Force runs a triple-option attack that encourages its quarterbacks to take the ball and run quite often, starter Tim Jefferson is the most dangerous passing quarterback the Falcons have had in years. With 14 touchdowns in the air and more than 600 yards on the ground, Jefferson is truly the engine that makes the offense go. He will be complemented by running back Asher Clark and talented wide receivers like Zack Kauth and Jonathan Warzeka. On the offensive line, the team will return many of their starters from 2011, which should help the Falcons hit the ground running.
Defensively, the Falcons have a newcomer in the secondary in safety Brian Lindsay, who will join returning starters Josh Hall and Anthony Wright at cornerback. The Falcons have a bevy of talented young linebackers, so fans shouldn't be surprised to see one or two underclassmen rotating in throughout the season. Finally, the main area of concern for the Falcons going into 2012 is their defensive line, which was hurt by the season-ending injury to Wale Lawal. The line is expected to be thin this year, so the team may shift back and forth between 4-3 and 3-4 defensive alignments to compensate.
Looking ahead to the 2012 season, the Air Force Falcons have a very good chance to improve their record and gain a national ranking. Aside from their typical MWC and service academy opponents, the Falcons have a Week 2 showdown with the Michigan Wolverines, which could be a springboard for the rest of the year. One thing is for sure, fans will expect the Falcons to always play hard and remained disciplined and maintain their status as the most vaunted service academy football team in the United States.
AIR FORCE FALCONS INFORMATION:
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Stadium: Falcon Stadium
Conference: Mountain West
Rivals: Notre Dame Fightin Irish, Army Black Knights, Navy Midshipmen, Colorado State Rams (Ram-Falcon Trophy)
Mascot: "The Bird"
Notable Alumni: Matthew Farmer, Bryce Fisher, Chad Hennings, Ernie Jennings
Notable Bowl Games:
The Air Force Falcons football team is always one of the most exciting and explosive programs to watch in college football. Visitors to a home game at Falcon Stadium at the US Air Force Academy will be awed by not only the football on the field, but also the Rampart Mountain Range as a backdrop and the pre-game flyovers of Air Force fighters and bombers. With a capacity crowd of over 52,000 fans in the stadium, it’s truly an amazing spectacle to witness.
The Air Force Academy Falcons football program is part of the Mountain West Conference (MWC). The Falcons football program dates back to 1955. Air Force’s most successful season came in 1985 under coach Fisher DeBerry when their single loss to BYU in the last regular season game kept them out of playing for the National Championship that year. They were able to beat the Texas Longhorns in the Bluebonnet Bowl and finished the season ranked #5. Chad Hennings was one of the key defensive players on that squad and went on to have a successful NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Air Force football program has also become well known for not just their All-American football players but perhaps more importantly their Academic All-American players. Attend a game at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado and you can sense the pride and passion these players put into representing the Air Force both on and off the field. Buy Air Force falcons football tickets today and don’t miss any of the action!
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