Air Force Football Travels To Navy For Service Academy Game

    Senior DB Jon Davis.

    Senior DB Jon Davis.

    Sept. 26, 2011

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    Air Force (2-1) at Navy (2-1)
    Saturday • Oct. 1 • 12 p.m. ET
    Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) • Annapolis, MD

    TELEVISION
    CBS
    Ian Eagle (play-by-play); Randy Cross (analyst); Lewis Johnson (sidelines)

    RADIO
    KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver; Goairforcefalcons.com Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

    GAME FACTS: Air Force and Navy are meeting for the 44th time overall ... The Falcons lead the series, 26-17 ... This week's game marks the first of back-to-back games on major networks for Air Force, as CBS will televise this game and NBC will have next week's game at Notre Dame ... Two of the nation's top rushing offenses battle this week with Air Force ranking first at 411.67 yards per game and Navy fourth at 358.33 ... This week marks the first time since week eight of 2010 that the Falcons have outright led the nation in rushing ... the Falcons were tied for first after the first week of this season ... Air Force plays four of its next five games on the road starting this week ... This week marks Air Force's first road game of the season after three straight home games and an open week ... The last 14 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy championships have been split seven each between Air Force or Navy ... The Falcons won titles from 1997-2002 and in 2010 while Navy won seven straight from 2003-09 ... Air Force is 15-7 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a 3-4 mark on the road ... Air Force has won three straight service academy games dating back to 2009 ... The three-game streak is the longest since Air Force had a 12-game streak from 1997-02.

    COACHES
    Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fifth season. He has led the Falcons to a 36-19 career record. Calhoun is 21-12 in MWC games, 15-7 in non-conference games, 21-6 in Falcon Stadium, 11-10 in road games (9-6 in MW road games) and 2-2 in bowl games.
    Navy: Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Midshipmen to a 29-15 career record. Niumatalolo's 29 wins are the most by a Navy coach in his first four years in school history. He is also the only coach in school history to lead Navy to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons. He is 2-1 all-time against Air Force.

    COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: The 2011 season marks the 40th year of trophy competition. Air Force defeated both Army (42-22) and Navy (14-6) last season to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2002. The title is the 17th in Air Force history, which is more than any other service academy. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. The President of the United States presents the trophy to the seniors from the winning team each year at a ceremony at the White House. Air Force has a 51-27-0 all-time CIC record.

    Air Force outright CIC title years:
    `82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10

    THE SERIES:
    • Air Force leads the overall series, 26-17. The Falcons are 15-6 at home, 7-8 at Navy and 4-3 in neutral site games.
    • The Falcons hold a 23-16 mark since Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition began in 1972.
    • Air Force broke a seven-game Navy winning streak last season with a 14-6 win in Falcon Stadium.
    • The victory also broke a three-game losing streak in Falcon Stadium to Navy. • Prior to Navy's, Air Force had won six straight and 19 of the last 21 dating back to 1982.
    • Navy has won three straight at home vs. Air Force. The Falcon's last win in Annapolis came in 1997, 10-7. Following that game the teams played three neutral site games in 1999, 2001 and 2003.
    • The last eight games have been decided by an average of 6.0 points per game.
    • The team's first played in 1960 in Baltimore, Md. The Midshipmen won the game, 35-3.

    Year by Year
    1960 - Navy 35-3 *
    1966 - AFA 15-7 (H)
    1968 - AFA 26-20 **
    1970 - AFA 26-3***
    1972 - Navy 21-17 (H)
    1973 - Navy 42-6 (A)
    1974 - AFA 19-16 (H)
    1975 - Navy 17-0 ***
    1976 - AFA 13-3 (H)
    1977 - Navy 10-7 (A)
    1978 - Navy 37-8 (H)
    1979 - Navy 13-9 (A)
    1980 - AFA 21-20 (H)
    1981 - Navy 30-13 (A)
    1982 - AFA 24-21 (H)
    1983 - AFA 44-17 (A)
    1984 - AFA 29-22 (H)
    1985 - AFA 24-7 (A)
    1986 - AFA 40-6 (H)
    1987 - AFA 23-13 (A)
    1988 - AFA 34-24 (H)
    1989 - AFA 35-7 (A)
    1990 - AFA 24-7 (H)
    1991 - AFA 46-6 (A)
    1992 - AFA 18-16 (H)
    1993 - Navy 28-24 (A)
    1994 - AFA 43-21 (H)
    1995 - AFA 30-20 (A)
    1996 - Navy 20-17 (H)
    1997 - AFA 10-7 (A)
    1998 - AFA 49-7 (H)
    1999 - AFA 19-14#
    2000 - AFA 27-13 (H)
    2001 - AFA 24-18#
    2002 - AFA 48-7 (H)
    2003 - Navy 28-25#
    2004 - Navy 24-21 (H)
    2005 - Navy 27-24 (A)
    2006 - Navy 24-17 (H)
    2007 - Navy 31-20 (A)
    2008 - Navy 33-27 (H)
    2009 - Navy 16-13 (A) OT
    2010 - AFA 14-6 (H)

    * - Baltimore, MD; ** - Chicago, IL; *** - Washington, DC; # - Landover, MD; Site ( ) is for AFA

    LAST SEASON: Air Force defeated Navy, 14-6, in Falcon Stadium to win the first leg of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition and snap a seven-game losing streak to the Midshipmen. Tim Jefferson rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns while hitting five of seven passes for 83 yards. Jared Tew added a game-high 111 yards on 17 carries. The defense was led by Jordan Waiwaiole, who had a career-high 15 tackles, his first-career interception and a sack. Andre Morris added eight tackles. Air Force opened the scoring with a 50-yard run by Jefferson in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Navy added a field goal in the second and another in the third to cut the lead to 7-6. Jamil Cooks then blocked a punt, which Air Force recovered on the Navy 15 to set up a one-yard run by Jefferson early in the fourth quarter. The defense ended it on Navy's last drive with Waiwaiole's pick. Air Force had 375 total yards, including 292 rushing, while holding Navy to just 312 total yards.

    Team Notes from last year's Navy game
    • The attendance of 47,565 was the largest of the season and largest since 49,367 watched the Notre Dame game in 2006.
    • Entering the game, Air Force had led against Navy for just 12:57 in the last 16 quarters (240 minutes) dating back to the 2005 game. In this game, Air Force scored first against Navy for the first time since the 2007 game and never trailed. The team held the lead for 49:18.
    • Air Force broke a seven-game losing streak to Navy. The win is the first since a 48-7 win over Navy in 2002 at Falcon Stadium.
    • Air Force held Navy to three points, 69 yards rushing, 60 yards passing and 129 total yards in the second half.

    Individual Notes From Last Meeting
    Jordan Waiwaiole had a career-high 15 tackles. He also recorded his first-career interception in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. His 15 tackles were the most by any Falcon last season.
    Tim Jefferson's 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest of his career to that point.
    Jon Davis' interception in the first quarter was his team-leading second of the season. It was also his fourth turnover of the season (2 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR).
    Jamil Cooks' blocked punt was the first of his career. It was also the first blocked punt by Air Force since Adam Zanotti vs. TCU, Dec. 2, 2006. Cooks also deflected a field goal to become the first Falcon with two blocks in a game since Robert Kraay in 2006.

    LAST TIME AT NAVY: Navy defeated Air Force, 16-13, in overtime in Annapolis to post its seventh straight win in the series. Kicker Joe Buckley kicked three field goals, including a 38-yard boot in overtime, to lead Navy. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs scored on a 13-yard run to give the Midshipmen a 7-0 lead. The Falcons answered when Anthony Wright intercepted a pass and returned it 67 yards to tie the score at 7-7 in the second quarter. Buckley kicked the first of his three field goals in the final seconds of the first half to give Navy a 10-7 halftime lead. Air Force tied it with an Erik Soderberg 27-yard field goal. Soderberg added his second field goal of the game, a 39-yard kick, to tie it as time expired to force overtime. He finally missed from 31 yards in overtime. Air Force had 240 total yards while allowing just 209. John Falgout led the defense with a career-high 13 tackles. Alex Means and Justin Moore each chipped in with career highs in tackles as well with 12 and 11, respectively. Savier Stephens led the offense with a career-best 80 yards rushing.

    LOOKING AT NAVY: Navy is 2-1 overall and is coming off an open week ... The Midshipmen lost at South Carolina, 24-21, on Sept. 17 in their last game ... Navy's seven-year old on the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy from 2003-09 is the longest in the series dating back to 1972 ... Dating back to last year, Navy has scored on 42 of its last 45 drives in the red zone (.933), with 38 of the scores as touchdowns ... Navy is 36-10 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since 2003 ... Navy is 14-3 at home under head coach Ken Niumatalolo ... The Midshipmen have posted eight consecutive winning seasons which is the most since a 10-year streak from 1952-61 ... Over the last nine years (2003-present), Navy ranks 17th nationally with 72 total wins ... Navy has 18 wins over teams in BCS conferences since 2003 which is the most in the nation from a team outside of a BCS conference ... Navy has beat at least one BCS conference team eight straight years ... The Midshipmen have won four national rushing titles since 2000 (2007, 2006, 2005, 2003) ... Navy is the least penalized team in the nation this season with just 11.7 yards per game.

    AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
    • Air Force is 15-7 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    • The Falcons are 9-1 at home, 3-4 on the road and 3-2 in neutral site games.
    • Air Force has won five straight and eight of the last nine with the only loss coming at No. 7 Oklahoma last season.

    OCTOBER BEGINS BRUTAL STRETCH FOR FALCONS: Air Force plays four of five games in October away from home. The Falcons play at Navy (Oct. 1) and at Notre Dame (Oct. 8). Following a Thursday night home game vs. San Diego State (Oct. 13), the Falcons play at nationally-ranked Boise State (Oct. 22) and at New Mexico (Oct. 29). The stretch is widely considered one of the toughest in school history. Following the October stretch, the Falcons close out the year with three of its final four games at home.

    LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated Tennessee State, 63-24, in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons rolled up a school-record 792 total yards, including 595 rushing yards which is the third most in school history and most in the Troy Calhoun-era (2007-present). The Falcons were outstanding in the air as well, hitting 13 of 15 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Air Force jumped to a 14-0 lead scoring on its first two drives which were capped by Mike DeWitt and Asher Clark short touchdown runs. Following a Tennessee State touchdown pass, the Falcons scored 21 unanswered points for a 35-7 lead. TSU closed the half with a field goal to cut the lead to 35-10. The Falcons continued rolling in the second half and led 63-17 until a late TSU touchdown made up the final margin.
    Clark led the rushing attack with his eighth-career 100-yard game with 148 yards and a score on 13 carries. Anthony LaCoste chipped in with a career-best 77 yards while freshman Jonathan Lee added 65 yards and a touchdown. Tim Jefferson hit 11 of 13 passes for 178 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Zack Kauth had a career-best four catches for 31 yards. Hunter added two catches for 46 yards and a score. Brady Amack led the defense with six tackles and a tackle for loss. Jamil Cooks added four tackles, a half sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

    LAST WEEK'S NOTES
    Team Notes
    • Air Force improved to 21-6 in Falcon Stadium under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    • Air Force improved to 22-4 under Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher, as Asher Clark rushed for 148 yards.
    • Air Force's 792 yards of total offense broke the school record of 700 vs. UTEP in 1994. The 792 total yards are also a Mountain West Conference record.
    • Air Force's 595 rushing yards are the third most in school history and most since rushing for 640 vs. Utah in 1988. The 595 yards are also a Mountain West record.
    • Air Force's 63 points are the most since scoring 72 vs. Nicholls State in 2009.

    Individual Notes
    • DL Nick DeJulio and OLB Jamil Cooks made their first career starts.
    Asher Clark's 148 rushing yards are the most by any Falcon this season and mark the eighth time in his career he has rushed for more than 100 yards. His 49-yard run in the first quarter is the longest of his career. With his 148 rushing yards, he has moved into third place on the career rushing yards list with 2,775 yards. He has more rushing yards than any non-quarterback in school history.
    • The 34-yard touchdown pass from Tim Jefferson to Mikel Hunter marks the second time the pair has connected for a score this season. Jefferson found Hunter for a 55-yard scoring pass vs. South Dakota earlier this season.
    Tim Jefferson's three touchdown passes are a career high. It marks the seventh time in his career he has thrown for multiple touchdowns. It also marks the first time an Air Force quarterback has thrown for more than two TDs in a game since Shaun Carney threw for four vs. UNLV in 2006.
    Tim Jefferson is now the winningest quarterback in the history of Air Force football with 23 career wins, breaking the record of 22 set by Dee Dowis (1985-89).
    Alex Means' blocked field goal in the second quarter is the first of his career and the second blocked kick by Air Force this season. Ben Kopacka blocked a PAT vs. South Dakota in the season opener.
    Drew Coleman's 28-yard run in the second quarter is the longest of his career.
    Jonathan Warzeka's touchdown catch in the second quarter is his first TD of the season.
    Zack Kauth had a career high four catches.
    Mike DeWitt scored the first two touchdowns of his career.
    Jon Lee's 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter came on his first-career carry. Lee finished with a career-high 65 yards rushing.
    • Broam Hart had career highs of four carries for 23 yards.
    Darius Jones had a career-high 65 yards rushing.
    Anthony LaCoste had career highs of four carries for 77 yards with a career-long run of 37 yards.

    CALHOUN EARNS HERBIE AWARD: ESPN/ABC Analyst Kirk Herbstreit ranked Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun second in his top five underrated coaches in college football. Herbstreit listed Utah's Kyle Whittingham first, Les Miles of LSU third, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald fourth and Bret Bielema or Wisconsin fifth.

    HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 21-6 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007. The Falcons tied a school record for wins over a four-year period with 19 from 2007-10. Air Force also won 19 games from 1982-85 (19-4, .826) and from 1997-00 (19-4, .826). The school record for wins over a five-year period is 23, set from 1997-2001.

    SCHEDULE NOTES
    • Air Force's 2011 schedule features six teams that played in bowl games in 2010.
    • Air Force opponents were 74-75 overall last season.
    • Six opponents posted winning records in 2010.
    • Air Force has its first open date since 2008 in the schedule. The Falcons have played 12 straight weeks in three of head coach Troy Calhoun's five seasons at the helm.

    AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
    2 - 100-yard kickoff returns for a touchdown by Jonathan Warzeka, a school and Mountain West record.
    6 - career games with 10 or more tackles by Jon Davis which is tied for sixth among active MW players.
    8 - career 100-yard rushing games by Asher Clark which is the second most among active MW players.
    8 - number of starters returning that started all 13 games last season.
    11 - different categories that senior quarterback Tim Jefferson ranks in the top 10 in Air Force history.
    12 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
    13 - total number of starters returning from 2010.
    21 - wins in 27 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    23 - number of wins for senior starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, the most in school history.
    24 - straight games that Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
    26 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher. Team is 22-4 in these games.
    39 - consecutive starts made by senior defensive back Anthony Wright, most on the team.
    48 - consecutive starts combined by the O-line trio of A.J. Wallerstein, Michael Hester and Jason Kons.

    TEAM SEASON OFFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force has scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game in two of three games this season.
    • AF has scored a touchdown on its opening drive of the second half in all three games this season.
    • Air Force set a school record with 792 total yards vs. Tennessee State.
    • The team rushed for 595 yards vs. Tennessee State which is the third most in school history and most since 1988.
    • Air Force's 9.0 yards per rush vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 1989.
    • Air Force's 37 first downs vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 2000.
    • The team's 26 rushing first downs vs. Tennessee State is the seventh most in school history.
    • Air Force's 63 points vs. Tennessee State is tied as the eighth most in school history.

    BLOCKED KICKS
    • Air Force has blocked two kicks this season (PAT vs. South Dakota; FG vs. Tennessee State)
    • Air Force has blocked 13 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun
    • The breakdown (7 FGs, 4 PATs, 2 Punts)
    • Senior DL Ben Kopacka recorded the first block of his career with a blocked PAT vs. South Dakota.
    • Junior LB Alex Means recorded the first block of his career with a blocked FG vs. Tennessee State.
    • Air Force blocked four kicks in 2010.
    Jamil Cooks had three blocks, a field goal and a punt vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State.
    • Cooks' three blocks are the most by a Falcon since Robert Kraay had three in 2006.
    Anthony Wooding, Jr., had the other block, a punt vs. Colorado State.
    • Air Force has blocked 111 kicks since 1990 when the team began tracking them.
    • The breakdown: 53 punts, 34 field goals and 24 PATs.
    • Air Force set a school record with 11 blocks in 1997 (7 punts, 3 FGs, 1 punt).
    • Single season records for each category: Punts (7, 1997), FGs (3, 6 times, 2009), PATs (5, 2006).

    AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 223-GAME SCORING STREAK
    • The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
    • Air Force's streak is the fourth longest active in the country.
    • Air Force's streak is the 13th longest in Division I-A college history

    FALCONS AMOUNG NATIONAL LEADERS IN APR: The Air Force Academy football team's APR score of 978 for the 2009-10 academic year ranks 10th nationally, according to data released by the NCAA. The Air Force football program, along with women's cross country, wrestling and women's track were recognized by the NCAA with Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Awards. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

    TEAM SEASON DEFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force has had three different players lead the team in tackles in three games (Miller, Davis, Amack).
    • Air Force has forced a turnover in each game this season and in 13 straight games dating back to the Oklahoma game on Sept. 11, 2010.
    • The Falcons have allowed just two scores (2 TDs) off seven turnovers this season.
    The team has forced a punt four times and blocked a field goal in the other five drives.

    AIR FORCE LEADS THE WAY WITH ALUMNI COACHES: Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is one of 18 FBS head coaches that is leading his alma mater. Calhoun, 1989 Academy graduate, is in his fifth year. The Falcons have eight Academy graduates as coaches on the staff which is more than any other school in the nation.

    Academy graduates on coaching staff
    Troy Calhoun (`89), head coach
    Ben Miller (`02), tight ends/special teams coordinator
    Blane Morgan (`99), offensive coordinator/QBs
    Lt. Col. Bill Price (`91), varsity/JV assistant
    Capt. John Rudzinksi (`05), defensive assistant
    Lt. Col. Darryl Sumrall (`89), junior varsity head coach/varsity assistant
    Mike Thiessen (`01), asst. head coach/offensive coordinator/WRs
    Carlton Warren (`99), asst head coach/co-defensive coordinator/secondary/recruiting

    FBS Head Coaches at Alma Mater
    Troy Calhoun, Air Force (`89); Jon Embree, Colorado (`88); Steve Fairchild, Colorado State (`81); Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina (`80); Joker Phillips, Kentucky (`85); Don Treadwell, Miami-Ohio (`82); Larry Porter, Memphis (`96); Chris Ault, Nevada (`69,'73); Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (`97); Luke Fickell, Ohio State (`97); Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (`90); David Shaw, Stanford (`95); Doug Marrone, Syracuse (`91); Bill Blankenship, Tulsa (`79); Rick Neuheisel, UCLA (`84); Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (`69); Paul Wulff, Washington State (`90); Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky (`98).

    AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
    • Air Force is eighth in the Mountain West in turnover margin with a -.67 mark this season.
    • The Falcons have forced five turnovers, four interceptions and a fumble.
    • Air Force is a combined +48 in turnover margin the last five seasons, despite a -2 mark in 2011.
    • Air Force was second in the conference with a +.38 turnover margin in 2010.
    • Air Force led the nation in turnover margin with a 1.69 per-game mark in 2009.

    SECONDARY RANKED NINTH NATIONALLY: The Air Force defensive secondary is ranked as the ninth best unit in the nation, according to a ranking by Rivals.com. The unit returns three starters, including preseason first-team all-conference selections Anthony Wright and Jon Davis. Alabama is ranked first, followed by Penn State, LSU, Florida State, Stanford, Oregon, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Air Force and Oklahoma.

    START CHART: Several Falcons have significant streaks going in terms of consecutive games started. Senior DB Anthony Wright leads the way with 39 straight dating back to 2009. Senior DB Jon Davis has the second-longest streak with 29. Senior RB Asher Clark is third at 22 followed by senior QB Tim Jefferson with 21. Wright leads the way in overall games started as well with 39. Jefferson is second with 34, Clark is third with 30 and Davis is fourth with 29. A look at both lists follows.

    JEFFERSON WINNINGEST QUARTERBACK IN SCHOOL HISTORY: QB Tim Jefferson picked up his 23rd career win against Tennessee State earlier this season to set a new school record for most wins by a starting quarterback. He passed the record of 22 set by Dee Dowis (1985-89), who was 22-13-1. Jefferson has a 23-11 career record as a starter. His 23 wins ranks fourth all-time in the Mountain West.

    JEFFERSON HAS THIRD MOST WINS NATIONALLY: Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson is tied for third nationally with Andrew Luck of Stanford with 23 career wins as a starter. Jefferson's .676 winning percentage is the seventh-best nationally. Boise State's Kellen Moore is the leader in each category with a 41-2 (.953) career record.

    WARZEKA ON HORNUNG WATCH LIST: Air Force senior WR/KR Jonathan Warzeka is one of 50 players on the 2011 Watch List for the Paul Hurnung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, announced by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung.
    Warzeka is a preseason all-Mountain West Conference selection and was named the conference's preseason special teams player of the year. He led the MWC in kickoff returns last season with a 28.7 average. Warzeka has two career 100-yard kickoff returns touchdowns, vs. Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl and last season vs. Colorado State.
    The 2011 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2010 statistics and expectations heading into the 2011 season. There are 20 seniors, 20 juniors and 10 sophomores representing 46 universities and all 11 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). For the complete watch list visit paulhornungaward.com.
    The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players that often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.

    FULLBACK FORCE: Air Force fullbacks Wes Cobb and Mike DeWitt have big shoes to fill. The Falcons lost their top three fullbacks last season to graduation -- Jared Tew, Nathan Walker, Ryan Southworth. Gone with the trio went 1,117 yards and an 85.9 per-game average. Cobb and DeWitt proved they are up to the challenge providing the kind of tough running that the Air Force fullback position is known for.
    DeWitt is second on the team in rushing with 154 yards and two touchdowns while Cobb is fifth with 88 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Broam Hart has chipped in with 23 yards in two games. The trio has combined for 265 yards and four touchdowns which is an average of 88.3 yards per game.
    The pair of DeWitt and Cobb combined for 109 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Air Force opening win over South Dakota. Cobb rushed for 60 yards and a score on 15 carries in his first-career start. DeWitt added 49 yards on 12 carries. DeWitt led the Falcons in rushing for the first time of his career with 48 yards vs. TCU. He recorded a career-long run of 44 yards in the game. DeWitt had 57 yards and two scores vs. Tennessee State while Cobb had 27 yards and a score. Hart added 23 yards.

    WALLERSTEIN ON AFCA GOOD WORKS LIST: Air Force senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein is one of a record 132 nominees for the AFCA Good Works Team, announced by the AllState Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association. Wallerstein has been active in his Academy cadet squadron in leadership positions of element leader and academic officer and was on the cadet leadership team during Basic Cadet Training this summer where he was responsible for leading basic cadets in various areas of military training. He was also active in a community service project that donated over 50 man-hours to the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary in Colorado Springs.
    This year marks the program's 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their "good works" in the community. Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport's pre-eminent community service award. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.

    WHAT A DEBUT: Freshman tailback Jon Lee had a great start to his career in Air Force's 63-24 win over Tennessee State. Lee ran 49 yards for a touchdown on his first-career carry. He finished the game with 65 yards rushing on two carries which was third on the team. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return which ties as the second-longest by a Falcon this season.

    CLARK ON DOAK WALKER LIST: Air Force senior running back Asher Clark is one of 51 candidates for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, according to an announcement by the PwC SMC Athletic Forum. Ten semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 11 and the recipient will be named live on ESPN on Dec. 8. Clark was a second-team all-Mountain West selection last season after rushing for 1,031 yards, becoming just the 13th player overall and fourth tailback in Air Force history to hit the 1,000-yard mark in a season. Clark was third in the conference in rushing with a 79.3 per-game average. A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Clark became the ninth player in Air Force history to hit the 2,000-yard mark for his career.

    CLARK CAREER RUSHING NUMBERS: Senior tailback Asher Clark ranks third in career rushing yards in Air Force history with 2,775. He is the all-time leader for a non-quarterback in school history. Clark passed Chad Hall (2005-07), who had 2,606 career rushing yards, against TCU to become the school's career leader for a tailback. Clark recorded his eighth-career 100-yard game with 148 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries last week vs. Tennessee State to move past fullback John Kershner (1980-83), who had 2,726 career yards.

    HONORS: Honors won by Air Force players in 2011 follow.A.J. Wallerstein: American Football Coaches Association Good Works watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine.
    Jonathan Warzeka: Paul Hornung Award watch list ... Preseason Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine.
    Tim Jefferson: College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week vs. Tennessee State.
    Jon Davis: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason defensive back watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine. • Asher Clark: Doak Walker National Running Back Award watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine.
    Jason Kons: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine. • Jordan Waiwaiole: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine. • Brady Amack: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. TCU. • Anthony Wright: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason punt return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine.
    Erik Soderberg: College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff specialist watch list.

    DEBERRY ELECTED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Former Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. DeBerry will be honored at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, Dec. 6. DeBerry will be honored with a campus salute on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the Wyoming game.
    Joining DeBerry in the class of 2011 will be former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, Florida receiver Carlos Alvarez, Texas defensive lineman Doug English, Oregon State fullback Bill Enyart, Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, Alabama defensive lineman Marty Lyons, Miami defensive lineman Russell Maryland, Florida State defensive back Deion Sanders, Georgia defensive back Jake Scott, Nebraska guard Will Shields, Minnesota quarterback Sandy Stephens, West Virginia linebacker Darryl Talley, Oklahoma halfback Clendon Thomas, Arizona defensive lineman Rob Waldrop and Michigan State receiver Gene Washington.
    DeBerry served as head coach at Air Force for a brilliant 23-year career which concluded with his retirement on Dec. 15, 2006. His mark on the program, the Academy and college football is unmistakable. The 72-year-old South Carolina native and his Air Force program served as the epitome of what is right and good in collegiate athletics.
    His record stands alone at Air Force and stands up against the best in the nation. He led 17 of his 23 teams to winning records and 12 captured a bowl bid, posting a 6-6 record. His career record of 169-109-1 is the best in school history in terms of games won and winning percentage.
    A native of Cheraw, S.C., DeBerry graduated in 1960 from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., where he lettered in football and baseball. DeBerry played second base and shortstop in baseball and flanker, defensive back and linebacker in football. He is a member of the Wofford Hall of Fame.
    DeBerry was born June 9, 1938. His wife, LuAnn, grew up just around the corner from the DeBerry home in Cheraw. They have a son (Joe) and daughter (Michelle) and seven grandchildren. The DeBerrys started the Fisher DeBerry Foundation in 2004. The foundation exists to provide children of single parent homes life changing opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have. They pay to send children to sports camps and other activities. It's a passion that DeBerry supports with more than just his name. The coach and LuAnn are deeply involved in the day-to-day activities.

     

     

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