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Air Force Falcons 2010

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    soxandgators The Gator Nation

    Jul 16, 2010
    Air Force Falcons 2010

    Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

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    General Information
    Location Colorado Springs, CO
    Enrollment 4,400
    Founded 1954
    Nickname Falcons
    Colors Blue,Silver
    Stadium Falcon (46,692)
    Surface FieldTurf (5th year)
    Conference Mountain West
    Head Coach Troy Calhoun
    School/Career Record 25-14 (3 years)
    First Year 1956
    All-Time Record 328-274-13 (53 years)
    Bowl Record 9-10-1
    Last Bowl 2009 Armed Forces Bowl


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    Position # Name HT WT Class
    QB 7 Tim Jefferson 6-0 200 Jr
    RB 42 Jared Tew 6-0 210 Sr
    RB 17 Asher Clark 5-8 185 Jr
    WR 83 Kevin Fogler 6-5 205 Sr
    WR 15 Jonathan Warzeka 5-9 175 Jr
    TE 82 Chaz Demerath 6-2 195 Sr
    LT 73 A.J. Wallerstein 6-4 285 Jr
    LG 71 Jason Kons 6-4 250 So
    C 69 Michael Hester 6-3 240 Jr
    RG 74 Chase Darden 6-3 255 Sr
    RT 61 Tyler Schonsheck 6-1 265 Sr


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    Position # Name HT WT Class
    DL 92 Wylie Wikstrom 6-2 235 Jr
    DL 86 Ryan Gardner 6-3 240 Jr
    DL 90 Rick Ricketts 6-3 260 Sr
    LB 36 Andre Morris, Jr. 6-3 235 Sr
    LB 58 Wale Lawal, Jr. 6-3 215 So
    LB 41 Brady Amack 6-0 225 Jr
    LB 38 James Chambers 6-0 220 So
    DB 5 Anthony Wright 5-10 189 Jr
    DB 8 Reggie Rembert 5-8 185 Sr
    DB 31 Brian Lindsay 6-1 205 So
    DB 16 Jon Davis 6-1 190 Jr

    Special Teams

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    Position # Name HT WT Class
    K 99 Erik Soderberg 6-1 190 Jr
    P 97 Keil Bartholomew 5-8 165 Sr

    2010 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team

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    Position # Name HT WT Class
    RB 42 Jared Tew 6-0 210 Sr
    DB 5 Anthony Wright 5-10 189 Jr
    DB 8 Reggie Rembert 5-8 185 Sr

    Season Preview

    The biggest questions for the Falcons entering spring football were the guys up front – on bothsides of the ball. Air Force lost all five starting offensivelineman and two of three defensive linemen from last year’s 8-5 team. Air Force posted the school’s first bowl victory since 2002 with a 47-20 victory over No. 25 Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl.

    Not only is it a case of numbers lost, but also talent. Gone from last year’s team are senior allconference performers Nick Charles, Peter Lusk and Chris Campbell on the offense and Ben Garland on the defense. All four were multiple-year
    starters. Junior A.J. Wallerstein (6-4, 285) is the most seasoned of the returning linemen, playing as a freshman and making a start last year. The rest of the line will be made up of inexperienced, but talented players. Sophomore Jason Kons (6-4, 250), junior Michael Hester (6-3, 240), senior Chase Darden (6-3, 255) and senior Tyler Shonsheck (6-1, 264) will all compete for starting positions, along with sophomores Jordan Eason (6-3, 275), Nick Jackson (6-4, 270) and Chase Douglass (6-4, 265), junior Jeffrey Benson (6-0, 265) and senior Alexander Arndt (6-4, 255), a converted defensive lineman.

    The Falcons’ skill positions are full of experienced, talented players. Air Force returns 100 percent of its rushing, passing, kickoff return, punt return and total offense yards from 2009, along with 90.4 percent of its receiving yards. The team also returns 100 percent of its scoring and 98.3 percent of its all-purpose yards from a year ago.


    The quarterback position is strong, as juniors Tim Jefferson and Connor Dietz return. The two shared the position last year due to injuries. Jefferson missed most of spring drills recovering from off-season knee surgery. Dietz recovered from a broken hand that caused him to miss the last five
    games. Jefferson threw for 848 yards and five touchdowns last season while rushing for 254 yards and four scores. His best game of the season came vs. Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl, hitting 10 of 14 passes for a season-high 161 yards. He also
    rushed for 37 yards and a score. Dietz finished the year with 197 yards passing and a touchdown and rushed for 369 yards and a score. His 369 rushing yards ranked fourth on the team.

    Running Back

    Senior fullback Jared Tew and junior tailback Asher Clark are back to bolster the running game. Tew led the Falcons with 970 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. He broke his own Armed Forces Bowl and school record for rushing yards in a bowl game with 173 yards and two touchdowns vs. Houston. Clark, who earned bowl MVP honors for Air Force, rushed for 129 yards and a
    pair of scores. He finished the season with 865 yards and seven touchdowns.

    Wide Recievers

    The receiving corps will once again be led by senior Kevin Fogler, who led the team with 25 catches, 567 yards receiving and five touchdowns in 2009. Junior Jonathan Warzeka returns after finishing second on the team in each category last
    year with 18 catches for 246 yards and a score. Senior Kyle Halderman is also back after missing most of last season due to injury. He still managed four catches for 62 yards and a score last year. The tight end position will be manned by senior
    Chaz Demerath and junior Daniel Pickett. Demerath had five catches for 25 yards last season.

    Defensive Line

    The defensive line will be bolstered by the lone returning starter, senior Rick Ricketts, who finished fourth on the team in tackles with 57. He also was third in tackles for loss with 6.5 for 39 yards and second in sacks with 4.0 for 28 yards. Juniors Ryan Gardner and Wylie Wikstrom each saw limited action last season, but should see more action in 2010. Juniors Zach Payne, Ben Kopacka and Henry Kehs should also compete forplaying time on the defensive line.


    The linebacker corps returns Andre Morris, Jr., at outside linebacker. Morris was third on theteam in tackles with 65 and had 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He’ll be joined by sophomore Wale Lawal, Jr., who played 11 games as a rookie last year. Lawal’s first collegiate play will always be memorable, as he recorded a quarterback sack, forced fumble and 10-yard fumble return for a touchdown on his first play vs. Nicholls State. He ended the season with 31 tackles and 3.0 tackles
    for loss. Seniors Patrick Hennessey and Ken Lamendola had their junior years cut short by injury and missed all of spring practice. If they’re able to return, the Falcons will have a solid, experienced group. Lamendola had a 100-plus tackle sophomore
    season and Hennessey was solid in a starting role before injuries. Junior Brady Amack and sophomores Brian Corcoran and Alex Means will also see plenty of action.


    The secondary will be the defense’s strength. Senior cornerback Reggie Rembert, along with junior corner Anthony Wright, Jr., and safety Jon Davis return to lead the group. Rembert was a first-team all-conference performer last season. He had 43 total tackles, three interceptions, forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries. He also became the school’s all-time leader in
    kickoff returns and kickoff return yards. Wright recorded the third-most interceptions in a single season in school history with seven, including a school-record-tying three vs. Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl. Wright also scored two touchdowns on interceptions returns and another on a punt return while earning second-team all-conference honors. Davis added 56 tackles,
    three interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. Davis also scored a touchdown on an interception return. Senior Ben Cochran, a converted quarterback, along with juniors P.J. Adeji-Paul, Phil Ofili and Josh Hall will also see significant action.


    The place kicking duties should again fall tojunior Erik Soderberg, who hit 22 of 30 field goals and scored 104 points last year. His 22 made field goals are the second-most in school history. He also handled the kickoff duties. Replacing punter Brandon Geyer from last year will be tough. Geyer averaged 43 yards per punt and was among the national leaders in net punting with a 39.5 norm. Senior Keil Bartholomew and junior Andrew Heard will battle it out. Junior Colton Reid will again handle the deep snapper duties.

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