Kale Pearson Threw Two Touchdown Passes and Added Two Scoring Runs
2006 (Junior) - Selected as a team captain ... started all 12 games ... second on the team in rushing with 618 yards on 188 carries ... averaged 3.3 yards per carry ... scored a team-best eight touchdowns ... finished eighth in the conference in rushing with a per-game average of 51.5 yards ... hit 82 of 137 passes for 1,192 yards with just three interceptions, two of which were deflected ... threw for 12 touchdowns and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 157.47 ... ranked third in the conference in quarterback efficiency ... ranked seventh in the conference in passing with a per-game average of 99.3 yards ... ranked sixth in total offense with a 150.8 average per game ... earned the conference's offensive player of the week award twice (Colorado State and Wyoming) ... had a streak of 94 consecutive passes without an interception during the season ... one of 33 quarterbacks selected for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award "Watch List" ... rushed for a career-high 131 yards and two touchdowns while hitting three of seven passes for 40 yards vs. Wyoming ... rushed for 104 yards on 25 carries and hit eight of 13 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns vs. Colorado State ... rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown at Army ... also hit two of four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown vs. the Black Knights ... rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries vs. Notre Dame while hitting 14 of 17 passes for 205 yards and two scores ... hit 16 of 22 passes for a season-best 218 yards vs. Utah ... recorded his third-straight 200-plus yard passing performance at UNLV by hitting 10 of 18 passes for 211 yards and a career-best four touchdowns ... rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown and hit seven of nine passes for 127 yards at Tennessee ... his 59.9 season completion percentage ranked as the third-best single-season effort in school history ... he also has the top two marks in school history ... his 12 touchdown passes are the fifth-most in a single-season at Air Force ... enters the season ranked third in school history in career total offense with 5,824 yards ... ranks eighth in Academy history in career rushing yards with 1,924 yards ... needs just 76 yards to become the seventh player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in his career ... ranks third in school history in career passing yards with 3,900 ... needs just 890 passing yards to become the all-time leader in Air Force history ... ranks second in school history in career touchdown passes with 30, trailing the all-time leader Rich Haynie (34, 1971-73) by just four.
2005 (Sophomore) - Played in 11 games, starting 10 ... did not start vs. Army ... led the team in rushing with 710 yards on 170 carries ... averaged 4.2 yards per carry and 64.5 yards per game ... rushed for a team-best 11 touchdowns ... hit 95 of 148 passes for 1,393 yards ... had seven touchdowns and seven interceptions ... averaged 126.6 yards per game and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 149.40 ... his completion percentage of 64.2 set a new single-season record at the Academy, breaking his own mark ... ranked second in the conference in passing efficiency ... hit nine of 14 passes for 107 yards and rushed for a team-high 69 yards on 20 carries vs. Washington ... scored the game-winning touchdown with 34 seconds left to propel the Falcons to victory ... during Air Force's final game-winning drive, Carney rushed for 19 yards on six carries and hit three of four passes for 48 yards, including a 14-yard completion to Greg Kirkwood on third-and-nine deep in Washington territory ... hit 10 of 12 passes for a career-high 231 yards and a touchdown vs. San Diego State ... also rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. ... rushed for a team-high 71 yards on 17 carries at Navy ... hit six of nine passes for 111 yards with two touchdowns and an interception ... rushed for 83 yards and scored a career-best four touchdowns ... his four TD rushes are the most by an AFA quarterback since Chance Harridge in 2002 ... hit six of seven passes for 74 yards ... became the 33rd player in school history to hit the 1,000-yard mark for his career ... rushed for 57 yards and a TD vs. TCU ... hit 11 of 18 passes for 148 yards with two interceptions vs. TCU ... rushed for 36 yards and hit four of seven passes for 14 yards before leaving the game with an injury vs. BYU ... rushed for a career-high 104 yards and two touchdowns against Army ... first-career 100-yard rushing effort ... hit 16 of 21 passes for 194 yards and a TD ... rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown while hitting 11 of 14 passes for 186 yards and a TD vs. New Mexico ... recorded his career-long run of 61 yards.
2004 (Freshman) - Played in 10 games, starting nine ... became the first freshman in Air Force history to start the opening game of the season and first rookie to start any game at quarterback since Dee Dowis in 1986 vs. BYU ... first career start was vs. 14th-ranked California ... led the team on a 17-play, 77-yard scoring drive on the first drive of his career ... capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass on third down ... his nine starts are the most in AFA history for a freshman, breaking the record of seven set in 1976 by Dave Ziebart ... set a then-single-season Academy record for completion percentage with a 61.1 mark ... his completion percentage ranked second in the conference and broke the school record of 58.5 set in 1964 by Tim Murphy ... completed 91 of 149 passes for 1,315 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions ... his quarterback efficiency rating of 151.52 would have ranked second in the conference, but he lacked enough pass attempts to qualify for the conference and national statistics ... his rating is the third-best in Air Force history and best since Blane Morgan set the school record of 162.2 in 1998 ... hit 12 of 14 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns vs. UNLV to become the first Falcon since Mike Thiessen in 2000 to record back-to-back games with multiple TD passes ... also rushed for 64 yards on 21 carries while earning conference offensive player of the week honors ... became the first freshman to win one of the conference's player of the week awards since linebacker Anthony Schlegel in 2001 ... rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns vs. 14th-rankeded Utah ... scored on a 47-yard run ... also hit nine of 13 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown vs. the Utes ... hit 17 of 21 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns vs. Navy ... his 80.9 completion percentage is the fifth-best single-game effort in Air Force history ... started the first eight games of the season before stepping aside for Adam Fitch, to provide a spark for the team ... returned to the starting lineup vs. Colorado State for the season finale and helped the Falcons to their most complete game of the season ... hit 11 of 18 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Rams ... also rushed for 93 yards ... earned Pioneer Press player of the week honors by the Colorado chapter of the National Football Foundation for his efforts against the Rams ... finished the season ranked sixth in the MWC in rushing with an average of 59.6 yards per game ... rushed for a team-best 596 yards and six touchdowns on the year ... ranked fourth in the conference in total offense with an average of 191.1 yards per game.
High School - Lettered three years in football and basketball and one year in track ... passed for 3,849 yards and 30 touchdowns in his high school career ... 24-2 as a starter and holds St. Edward record for total offense with 4,958 yards ... all-state and all-district in football ... all-district in basketball ... high school football coach was John Gibbons ... was student-council vice-president.
Personal - Born on March 17, 1985 ... member of cadet squadron 2 ... attended the USAFA Prep School and played football ... son of Mark and Meg Carney ... also recruited by Navy and Ohio ... brother, Mark (27), played quarterback at Fordham and is currently the quarterbacks coach at Richmond ... also has a sister, Meghan (26) ... majoring in systems engineering management ... future aspirations are to get a Master's degree and become a football coach ... on the dean's list as a junior and the commandant's list as a freshman ... is a flight non-commissioned officer and element leader in his squadron ... completed Academy Flight Screening last summer ... completed Operation Air Force in the summer of 2005 ... also completed Global Engagement and Basic Cadet Training preparations in 2005 ... favorite food is corned beef ... favorite television show is According to Jim ... favorite book is Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business and Life, by Mike Krzyzewski and Donald T. Phillips ... favorite musician is Kenny Chesney ... favorite movie is CaddyShack ... person in history he'd most like to meet is Vince Lombardi ... favorite NFL team is the Cleveland Browns ... something not many people know about him is that he is engaged to his high school sweetheart and has a dog named Killian ... advice to young people is to get involved in sports and extracurricular activities, as they keep you on the right track ... greatest moment in sports was hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer in the final four of the state tournament in basketball ... thing he likes best about AFA football is the brotherhood ... credits his brother, Mark, as having the biggest influence on his sports career ... chose his football number because it was the only single-digit jersey left when he was a freshman ... favorite athlete is Walter Payton.
Carney's Career Statistics
Passing Year G C-A Pct. Yds TD-I LG 2006 12 82-137 59.9 1,192 12-3 45 (Utah) 2005 11 95-148 64.2 1,393 7-7 61 (SDSU) 2004 10 91-149 61.1 1,315 11-6 48 (Navy) Totals 33 268-434 61.8 3,900 30-16