June 2012 Archives

Athlon Preview available online

Athlon Sports has released its online 2012 All-Mountain West team. The poll is at the following link. 



Here is the breakdown for Air Force on our 2012 All-Mountain West Teams:  



OL Jason Kons

K Parker Herrington



LB Alex Means


Summer Football Notes

Preseason ranks for Air Force, Harrington on watch list


Air Force has been ranked #71 nationally and fifth in the Mountain West Conference for 2012, according to College Sports Madness. For links to in depth coverage and previews, see below.


Senior kicker Parker Herrington has been placed on the 2012 special teams watch list by the College Football Performance Awards. Go to http://www.collegefootballperformance.com for more information.


College Sports Madness has posted an in-depth team preview of Falcon Football.

Air Force Falcons Preview


We are also projecting an Armed Forces Bowl appearance. See all Bowl Projections.


Air Force football APR score ranks 10th best in nation

The Air Force football program was among 12 nationally recognized Football Bowl Series programs with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Award.


Air Force is one of just two in the Mountain West Conference (Boise State) and was the only service academy recognized. This year marks the sixth straight the football program and the team's score of 980 ranks 10th nationally. Northwestern has the highest ranking of 995, followed by Boise State and Duke at 989.


                Each year the NCAA honors selects Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.


The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.


12 Nationally Recognized FBS Teams

#      School                            APR Score

1.     Northwestern               995

2.     Boise State                    989

        Duke                               989

4.     Ohio State                     988

5.     Northern Illinois         987

6.     Rice                                986

7.     Clemson                        983

8.     Middle Tennessee St.  983

9.     Rutgers                          982

10.  Air Force                        980

11.  Miami (FL)                     980

12.  Vanderbilt                     978


Get your tickets to listen to Coach Calhoun

Sports Corp College Football Kickoff Lunch Set For June 27

Make your plans today to be with the Sports Corp for the annual College Football Kickoff Luncheon, the state's best preview event for the upcoming season.

We'll gather on Wednesday, June 27, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs with the head coaches or representatives of the state's top gridiron programs at Noon.

Troy Calhoun of Air Force will talk about the upcoming season, his incoming freshmen, his quarterback situation with the departure of Tim Jefferson, who will be carrying the football, and the tough MWC schedule. Is another bowl trip and more in the offing for the Falcons?

Meet new Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain, and hear about his 21-man inaugural recruiting class that features some massive linemen, a search for a new quarterback, and Texas A&M transfer Mister Jones, a blue-chip running back. Plus, the buzz about a possible new on-campus stadium in Fort Collins.

Hear about the two new quarterback prospects for the CU Buffs, highly-touted Texas transfer Connor Wood and prized freshman Shane Dillon, the best 1-2 QB punch in Boulder in years on paper. And a report on the 28-man CU recruiting class ranked among the top 30 nationally.

Hear from CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen, coming off an 11-0 regular season, a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs, and what may be his best recruiting class ever headed for Pueblo.

Listen to Northern Colorado head coach Earnest Collins, Jr., about his promising 27-man recruiting class that includes Grand Junction QB Sean Rubalcaba, the Denver Post's Golden Helmet Award winner as the state's top player last year, and Central Florida transfer Leilon Willingham, a star at Mullen in his prep days.

Tables: $250.00 (Sports Corp Members or school booster clubs) $350.00 for others; Tickets: $25.00/$35.00 for same)

Contact Lincoln Floyd at the Sports Corp for your reservations: (719) 634-7333, ext. 1000, or by e-mail at:  lincoln@thesportscorp.org

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl back in Mountain West lineup

The 10th anniversary Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is slated to feature a "familiar" match-up as a team from the Mountain West Conference will meet a Conference USA institution for the 2012 postseason football game.


Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will kick off Saturday, Dec. 29 at TCU's newly-renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium with a 10:45 a.m. (CT) kickoff. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio.


The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl's agreement with the Mountain West is for two years with the 2013 edition featuring a MW team against the United States Naval Academy, provided the Midshipmen are bowl-eligible. Navy has also agreed to play in the 2016 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl with the United States Military Academy signing a contract to participate in the Fort Worth postseason game in 2014 and 2017, if bowl-eligible.


"We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to host a MW institution as one of our bowl participants in 2012," said Brant B. Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.  "Our game has featured the Mountain West vs. Conference USA match-up three times, with the last two meetings in 2008 and 2009 attracting national attention as Air Force played Houston. The Falcons and Cougars split the two-game set with crowds of more than 40,000 for each contest."


Two teams in the current Mountain West lineup have previously competed in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, as Boise State participated in the inaugural 2003 edition, known then as the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl, defeating TCU 34-31; and the Air Force Falcons in 2007 versus Cal and in 2008 and 2009 against Houston. Other MW institutions for the 2012 season are Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming.


"The Mountain West is excited to renew its relationship with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "Our institutions have been a part of the fabric of the game's history and it's only fitting that a Mountain West representative will participate in the 10th anniversary of the bowl this December. The date and location are very attractive for our teams, the experiences of past participants have been very positive and we look forward to visiting newly-renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium."


Four current members of Conference USA have played in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, including Marshall (2004), Houston (2005, 2008 and 2009), SMU (2010) and Tulsa (2006 and 2011).  Other C-USA schools for the 2012 season are East Carolina, Memphis, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB, UCF and UTEP.


Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the "Armed Forces" theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing Armed Forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; the awarding of custom homes to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; Armed Forces bands and honor guards; and the awarding of the annual "Great American Patriot Award" (GAPA) presented by Armed Forces Insurance. For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

Ticket information for the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be released in the coming months and can be obtained at ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed Forces veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the bowl's corporate Armed Forces ticket underwriting program. 

Bell Helicopter-Textron
Bell Helicopter-Textron is an American manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft with its headquarters in Fort Worth. Bell Helicopter provides the United States Armed Forces with the world's best military helicopters, including the V-22 Osprey, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters. A sister company, Textron Systems, produces the new M1117 Armored Security Vehicle, which is designed for speed and for deflecting rocket-propelled grenades and land mines.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming,
ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for
ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.


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