Falcons to face Rice on Dec. 29 in Forth Worth, Texas. Game televised by ESPN.
Kickoff this Saturday, Nov. 24, is 12:30 PST at Bulldog Stadium.
Air Force-SDSU kicks off at 12:30 pm PST on Saturday, Nov. 10 in San Diego.
Falcons and Black Knights play Saturday, Nov. 3, in West Point, NY.
Falcons take on Wolfpack at 6 p.m. Friday night at Falcon Stadium.
John Rudzinski enters his fourth season as an assistant coach and second as outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He was a defensive assistant his first two years.
A 2005 Academy graduate, Rudzinski spent the 2005 and 2006 football seasons as a graduate assistant and defensive coordinator of the junior varsity team.
Last season, Rudzinski helped guide Alex Means to all-conference honors while leading the Falcons in tackles for loss and sacks. In his first season, Rudzinski helped the defense finish first in the conference in passing defense with a 166.8 average. The passing defense was ranked third nationally. The Falcons' redzone defense was third-best in the conference as well.
Rudzinski came back to the Academy from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., where he served as a maintenance operations officer from 2006-10, responsible for developing long range strategies to sustain fleet health and effective utilization of 56 assigned C-17s. He also served as a sortie support flight commander for the 437th aircraft mainenance squadron. From June-October 2009, he was deployed to Kuwait with the 5th expeditionary air mobility squadron.
A three-year letterman at inside linebacker, Rudzinski was a three-time academic all-MWC selection. A two-year team captain, he was named the team's most valuable player as a senior when he led the team with eight tackles for loss and three forced fumbles and was second on the team with 70 tackles. Following his senior season, Rudzinski was selected to play in the East/West Shrine Game. An honorable mention all-conference selection as a senior, he earned the team's Brian Bullard Award and was also a distinguished graduate in 2005. Rudzinski finished his career with 185 tackles, including 19.5 for loss. As a sophomore, he moved into the starting lineup in the second game of the season and started the next 34 consecutive games, including the 2002 San Francisco Bowl.
A native of Green Bay, Wis., Rudzinski and his wife, Lauren, have a daughter, Elin.