Blue Ribbon Preview: Air Force Falcons

Updated: July 3, 2012, 6:14 PM ET
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One streak ended while another remained intact for Air Force football under coach Troy Calhoun.

The Falcons won eight or more games in Calhoun's first four seasons, but despite having a veteran team, some key injuries resulted in only seven victories and they and finished a disappointing fifth in the Mountain West. But Air Force played in its fifth consecutive bowl game, where it lost 42-41 to Toledo in the Military Bowl. Still, Calhoun is the only coach in 100-plus years of service academy football to have such success.

Air Force also won its second straight Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, and has won five straight games against Army and Navy. In service academy football, those feats are bigger than bowl games and conference titles.

"We've had a heck of a run here," Calhoun said.

For that run to continue may take one of the best jobs to date for Calhoun and his staff. Air Force graduated 27 seniors and returns only three starters on offense and two on defense. However, there are several players projected to start or play this season that have seen game action.

"I'd expect this fall we're going to play a bunch of sophomores, yet sprinkle in some juniors and seniors," Calhoun said. "Every team always has to find their new path. This team, more than any other team I've been around, is going to have to find what their niche is. … It's an eager group. We have a bunch of new blood in there.


Head Coach: Troy Calhoun (Air Force '89)
Record at school: 41-24 (5 years)
Career record:41-24 (5 years)

• Clay Hendrix (Furman '86) Assoc. Head Coach/Off. Coordinator
• Steve Russ (Air Force '95)Assoc. Head Coach/Def. Coordinator/Secondary
• Matt Thiessen (Air Force '01) Assistant Head Coach/Receivers
• Charlton Warren (Air Force '99) Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting
• Blane Morgan (Air Force '99) Off. Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Ron Burton (North Carolina '87) Defensive Line
Jake Campbell (Air Force '96) Offensive Assistant
• Ben Miller (Air Force '00) Tight Ends/Special Teams
• Jake Moreland (Western Michigan '00) Tight Ends
• Lt. Col. Bill Price (Air Force '91) Offensive assistant
• Capt. John Rudzinski (Air Force '05) Outside Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator
• Lt. Col. Darryl Sumrall (Air Force '89) Assistant Coach
• Matt Weikert (Ohio '02) Inside Linebackers