Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Midseason Report: Air Force
By Andrea Adelson
Air Force Falcons
Record: 5-1 (3-0, Mountain West)
Air Force has been on the cusp of breaking into the “Big Four” of the Mountain West Conference, but always came up just short. This is shaping up as a different season. The Falcons are 5-1 for the first time since 2003 and 3-0 in conference for the first time since 2006. They already beat BYU for the first time in seven tries, and Navy for the first time in eight tries. They are ranked at No. 23, the first time the team is ranked under Troy Calhoun. Tim Jefferson has the offense running as smoothly as ever. The Falcons rank first in the country in rushing offense, averaging 352.7 yards on the ground. This despite the fact they have five new starters on the offensive line. Jefferson, fullback Jared Tew and tailback Asher Clark have combined for 1,448 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Now comes a very critical stretch for the team: three of the next four games are on the road, with a home game sandwiched in against Utah.
Offensive MVP, QB Tim Jefferson – Jefferson has complete command of the offense. He has seven rushing touchdowns, a career high, and is on the verge of setting a career high for rushing yards as well. He has passed the ball some this year, with 663 yards and five touchdowns. But the leadership he is displaying this season has been huge.
Defensive MVP, LB Jordan Waiwaiole -- Waiwaiole is tied for the team lead with 45 tackles, and tied for the team lead with 4.5 for a loss. He had a monster game against Navy, with 15 tackles. Coach Troy Calhoun likes what he sees, but he also wants improvements to the run defense, something has spoken with him about this week.