At 6-foot-5, Kevin Fogler usually stands out in a crowd. From the heart of high school basketball country in Fort Wayne, Ind., Fogler spent much time on the hardwood. Much like every kid who every watched the movie "Hoosiers", Fogler's first love was basketball.
Skip ahead several years and the senior wide receiver has become an enigma for many Mountain West defensive coordinators.
Fogler led the team with 25 receptions for 567 yards and five touchdowns last season. His 22.7 yards per catch was by far the best in the league among players with more than 25 catches on the season.
His precision route-running, size and strength make him a difficult matchup for most defensive backs. When the rubber meets the road, Falcon quarterbacks find big No. 83 at key times. Last season, 20 of his 25 catches went for first downs or touchdowns. In the bowl game, he tied a career high with four catches for 89 yards.
Fogler took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with communications assistant Meredith Danner and answered some questions regarding his football career at Air Force.
Q: You played on the JV team your freshman year and had to quickly transition into a leadership role on the varsity team the next spring. Was it difficult to make a transition like that?
A: I would say the JV process made the transition easier because I was learning from guys above me and kind of finding out how the team worked and where the leadership comes from. I think the JV time helped me to make that transition as opposed to it being real tough.
Q: You set a couple of career records for yourself last season (Had three catches for his first 100-yard game and caught career-long 73-yard touchdown pass, both against Army). Do you pay attention to things like that?
A: I don't really pay attention to things like that because last year was really my first year playing, so things like that are going to happen when you're playing for your first season. So it was more about the team's goals and winning games from week to week.
Q: Being 6-foot-5, do you see your height as an advantage in the position you play?
A: Yes, it's definitely an advantage to be tall at wide receiver and I try to use it as much as I can with smaller defenders.
Q: What do you like best about playing with a group like this?
A: It's definitely the guys you meet [and] the great friendships you make with other guys on the team. You meet some lifelong friends and they become your brothers and second family.
Q: Does that camaraderie translate well onto the field? How important is it to have that chemistry?
A: Playing for each other in that spirit helps us on the field. It helps us when we're in the fourth quarter late in games against teams when you know you can count on the guy next to you.
Q: Any pregame rituals or superstitions?
A: I'm not superstitious at all.
Q: What is your most memorable experience playing with AFA football so far?
A: It was probably the week we played Army when ESPN Gameday came because I had a bunch of family out there and had a pretty good game, so that was fun.
Q: Toughest place you've played?
A: Probably the toughest and loudest was Minnesota because it was [their] home opener in that new stadium. It was really loud.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about this upcoming season?
A: I'm just looking forward to having the best season yet, getting as many wins as we can, ending up with the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and a bowl game would be a great season to end on.
Q: You played both basketball & football in high school. Did you have to decide between the two, or did football just seem like a better way to go?
A: Basketball was my first love and that was the sport I was attached to, but I had better opportunities in football. As my high school career went on I guess football started to catch up with basketball, and when I had greater opportunities to go to a school like this, football just kind of became the best decision for me.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I have a pilot spot as of now, so I'm hoping to go to pilot training and become a pilot.