Monday, September 21, 2009
QB Jefferson's status still unknown for Air Force
Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
Air Force backup sophomore Connor Dietz could start at quarterback this weekend against San Diego State.
Coach Troy Calhoun said Sunday that the status of starting quarterback Tim Jefferson was still unknown and probably wouldn’t be known until the end of the week. Jefferson suffered a sprained right ankle on the second offensive possession of last week’s 37-13 win over New Mexico and didn’t return.
“It could be a few days, it could be a few weeks,” Calhoun said of Jefferson’s return. “It’s one of those where I think it’s a pain threshold.”
Dietz came into the game, completed 2 of 4 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 23 yards. He helped the Falcons roll up 371 yards of total offense to notch their second win of the season and first Mountain West Conference victory.
Calhoun said starting tailback Asher Clark, who competed for the starting quarterback job both in the spring and throughout fall camp, would remain at tailback. Clark leads the Falcons’ No. 1-ranked rushing offense with 80.67 yards per game.
Calhoun said if the team elects to go with Dietz, it would run more triple option in its offense. The Falcons racked up 298 yards of total offense against New Mexico and could have similar success against a San Diego State defense that is allowing 135 rushing yards per game and has given up six rushing touchdowns in three games this season.
Air Force might be wise to allow Jefferson an extra week of rest with a tough trip to Navy on the slate in two weeks.