AFA's Dietz breaks hand, Jefferson to start

October, 27, 2009
10/27/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz will miss at least three weeks after suffering a broken hand during last week’s game against Utah.

Dietz suffered the broken bone during on an inside run on Air Force’s fourth play of the game, but still finished the 23-16 overtime loss.

Dietz broke the bone behind the knuckle of his right throwing hand. He had surgery Monday and doctors inserted two pins at the site of the break.

Tim Jefferson, who began the season as the starting quarterback before suffering a sprained ankle against New Mexico on Sept. 19, will start this weekend’s game against Colorado State. Since the injury, Dietz and Jefferson have been alternating starting assignments. Dietz has led the team to two wins, including a fourth-quarter win over Wyoming after Jefferson was ineffective.

The strength of Jefferson’s ankle has been hit and miss this season, which has resulted in inconsistent play. However, Jefferson was back at practice on Monday and told local media that he felt better than he had in several weeks.

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