Nov. 7, 2011
Air Force (5-4, 1-3) vs. Wyoming (5-3, 2-1)
Saturday Nov. 12 12 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAF Academy, CO
The Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.)
Todd Harris (play-by-play); Todd Christensen (analyst); Natalie Vickers (sidelines)
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 football coaching legend Fisher DeBerry is being honored during the game this week in honor of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame ... Air Force leads the Wyoming series, 26-20-3 overall and has won a series-best five straight ... Air Force concludes its regular season with three straight Mountain West games starting this week ... The Falcons are 1-0 in November and have won four straight dating back to 2009 ... Air Force is 11-3 in November under head coach Troy Calhoun and all three losses have come to ranked teams, two of them on the road ... Air Force is 22-7 at home under Calhoun since 2007.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fifth season. He has led the Falcons to a 39-22 career record. Calhoun is 22-14 in MWC games, 17-8 in non-conference games, 22-7 in Falcon Stadium, 13-12 in road games (10-7 in MW road games) and 2-2 in bowl games.
Wyoming: Dave Christensen (Western Washington, 1985) is in his third season. He has a 15-18 career record.
Air Force leads the overall series 26-20-3, including a 17-13 mark in conference games.
The Falcons are 10-11-2 in Laramie, 15-9-1 at home and 1-0 in neutral site games.
Air Force has a series-best five-game winning streak dating back to 2005.
Air Force defeated Wyoming, 20-14, last season in Laramie.
Air Force has a two-game winning streak dating back to 2005 in Falcon Stadium.
Air Force defeated Wyoming, 10-0, the last time the two played in Falcon Stadium.
Four of the last six games have been decided by one-score margins.
The teams first played Nov. 2, 1957, to a 7-7 tie in Laramie.
Year by Year
1957 - Tied 7-7 (A)
1958 - AFA 21-6*
1959 - AFA 20-7 (A)
1960 - Wyo 15-0 (A)
1962 - AFA 35-14 (H)
1964 - Tied 7-7 (H)
1965 - Wyo 31-14 (A)
1966 - Wyo 13-0 (H)
1967 - Wyo 37-10 (A)
1968 - AFA 10-3 (H)
1969 - Wyo 27-25 (H)
1970 - AFA 41-17 (A)
1971 - AFA 23-19 (H)
1972 - AFA 45-14 (H)
1974 - Wyo 20-16 (A)
1975 - Wyo 24-10 (H)
1976 - AFA 41-12 (H)
1977 - Tied 0-0 (A)
1980 - AFA 25-7 (H)
1981 - Wyo 17-10 (H)
1982 - AFA 44-34 (H)
1983 - Wyo 14-7 (A)
1984 - Wyo 26-20 (A)
1985 - AFA 49-7 (A)
1986 - Wyo 23-17 (H)
1987 - Wyo 27-13 (A)
1988 - Wyo 48-45 (H)
1989 - AFA 45-7 (H)
1990 - Wyo 24-12 (A)
1991 - AFA 51-28 (H)
1992 - AFA 42-28 (A)
1993 - Wyo 31-18 (H)
1994 - AFA 34-17 (A)
1995 - AFA 34-10 (H)
1996 - Wyo 22-19 (A)
1997 - AFA 14-3 (H)
1998 - AFA 10-3 (A)
1999 - Wyo 10-7 (H)
2000 - AFA 51-34 (A)
2001 - AFA 24-13 (H)
2002 - Wyo 34-26 (A)
2003 - AFA 35-29 (H)
2004 - Wyo 43-26 (A)
2005 - Wyo 29-28 (H)
2006 - AFA 31-24 (A)
2007 - AFA 20-12 (H)
2008 - AFA 23-3 (A)
2009 - AFA 10-0 (H)
2010 - AFA 20-14 (A)
* Washburn Field, CS, CO
Site is for AFA
LAST YEAR VS. WYOMING: Air Force defeated Wyoming, 20-14, in Laramie. Jared Tew rushed for a season-high 136 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to lead the offense. Tim Jefferson added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown and hit five of 12 passes for 66 yards. Asher Clark chipped in with 80 yards rushing on 14 carries as the Falcons rolled up 445 total yards, including 379 rushing. The Falcons also held a 35:57 to 24:03 advantage in time of possession and ran 39 more plays than Wyoming. The defense was led by Jon Davis, who had six tackles, an interception, tackle for loss and fumble recovery. P.J. Adeji-Paul chipped in with a career-best six tackles. The defense held Wyoming to just 240 total yards, including just 94 in the second half.
LAST TIME VS. WYOMING IN FALCON STADIUM: Air Force defeated Wyoming, 10-0, in Falcon Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Erik Soderberg got the Falcons on the board with a 29-yard field goal to make it 3-0. Jared Tew added a 17-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons a 10-0 lead. Tew finished the game with 105 yards rushing on 27 carries. Air Force had 269 total yards and a nine minute edge in time of possession.
The defense held Wyoming to just 174 total yards, including just 74 passing, and had six quarterback sacks. Reggie Rembert led the way with a career-best 10 tackles and a sack. Wale Lawal chipped in with a career-best eight tackles and sack while John Falgout added eight tackles.
AIR FORCE TIES TO WYOMING: Air Force assistant coach Matt Wallerstedt coached at Wyoming from 1997-2002. He was the defensive line coach from 1997-99 under head coach Dana Dimel and the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach from 2000-02 under head coach Vic Koenning. Wallerstedt was 2-4 against Air Force while at Wyoming.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 20-9 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games), including a 2-1 mark this season. The Falcons were 3-3 last season. Air Force was 5-1 in 2007 which is the best mark since the 1998 team was 6-0. Prior to Calhoun's arrival in 2007, the Falcons were 12-24 over the last six games of the season from 2001-06.
FALCONS TOUGH IN NOVEMBER: Air Force is 11-3 under head coach Troy Calhoun in the month of November, including a 1-0 mark this season after a 24-14 win over Army. The Falcons were 3-0 last season and have won four straight overall in the November. All three losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked teams. Air Force lost at No. 16 BYU and at home to No. 15 TCU in back-to-back games in 2008. The Falcons also lost at No. 18 BYU in 2009.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 22-7 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.
LOOKING AT WYOMING: Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander was named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list ... Alexander has 25 career rushing touchdowns which ranks in the top five all-time at Wyoming ... Quarterback Brett Smith is only the third true freshman to start at quarterback for Wyoming since 1974 ... Junior center Nick Carlson was named to the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list ... Wyoming is second in the Mountain West in passing offense with a 242.8 per-game average ... The Cowboys lead the conference and rank sixth nationally in turnover margin with a 1.50 mark per outing ... Wyoming is second behind Air Force (15.1) in the MW in punt returns with a 12.9 average ... Quarterback Brett Smith is second in the conference in passing and total offense with averages of 234.4 and 272.2 yards, respectively.
DEBERRY TO BE HONORED AS PART OF HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: Air Force football coaching legend Fisher DeBerry is being honored during the game this week in honor of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. DeBerry will be inducted at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
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.
LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated Army, 24-14, overcoming a 14-point deficit in the first quarter to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year and 18th time overall. The Black Knights opened up a 14-0 lead on a Max Jenkins one-yard touchdown run and a Larry Dixon 13-yard scoring run. The Falcons made two big defensive plays at the goal line to prevent an even larger lead, stuffing a fourth-and-one try from the one and a forced fumble by Josh Hall at the one that went out of the end zone for a touchback. The Falcons opened the second half after being shutout in the first half for the first time since 2009 with the first of three Parker Herrington field goals to get on the board and cut the lead to 14-3. Tim Jefferson added a two-yard run and a two-point conversion run by Asher Clark cut the lead to 14-11 in the third. Herrington added another field goal to tie the game, then Jefferson put the team ahead to stay with his second TD run, a one-yard plunge, to give the Falcons a 21-14 lead late in the third quarter. Herrington closed the scoring with his third field goal early in the fourth to make up the final margin.
Army had 286 yards total yards, all rushing, in the first half, but were held to just 80 total yards in the second stanza. Air Force had 301 total yards, including 179 rushing and 122 passing. Clark led the way with 78 yards rushing while Jefferson added 66. Jefferson also hit six-of-12 passes for 122 yards. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had a game-high 14 tackles. Jon Davis matched his career high with 12 and had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and interception. Jordan Waiwaiole and Alex Means chipped in with 11 tackles each while Patrick Hennessey had 10.
LAST WEEK'S NOTES
Air Force claimed its 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. AFA is now 53-27 all-time in CIC games.
AFA is now 32-13-1 all-time vs. Army. The Falcons have won six straight in the series and three straight at home.
AFA is now 17-8 against non-conference opponents under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a 10-1 mark at home.
The attendance of 46,709 marks the first sellout of the season and the first since Navy last season.
Air Force's opponents have not scored on their first drive of the second half all season. AFA has forced seven punts and two interceptions.
Air Force trailed 14-0 at halftime, tying as the largest deficit the Falcons have recovered from in the Troy Calhoun era. AFA trailed 17-3 against TCU in 2007 and came back for a 20-17 win in overtime.
Senior QB Tim Jefferson improved to 6-1 as the starting quarterback in service academy games. Jefferson's six wins are the most by a Falcon quarterback over the other academies. With his 122 passing yards, Jefferson became just the fourth player in school history with 4,000 career passing yards (4,091).
Senior WRs Zack Kauth and Jonathan Warzeka each extended their consecutive games streak with a reception. Warzeka has caught a pass in 11 straight games while Kauth has caught one in 12 straight.
Senior DB Jon Davis recorded double-digits in tackles for the ninth time in his career and fourth this season. His 12 tackles tie his career high set vs. Utah in 2010. He also had a forced fumble, fumble recovery and an interception.
Senior RB Asher Clark moved into fourth place on the career all-purpose yards list. Clark now has 3,383 career all-purpose yards and moved past quarterback Beau Morgan who had 3,379 from 1994-96.
Junior PK Parker Herrington is now a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals this season inside of 40 yards. Harrington set a new career high with three field goals and has made nine straight. He is now 12 of 13 on the season.
Senior WR Jonathan Warzeka broke the school record for career kickoff return yards. Warzeka moved past Reggie Rembert who had 1,388 yards from 2007-10. Warzeka currently has 1,398 career kickoff return yards.
Brady Amack's 14 tackles are his second most this season. He had a career high 23 vs. Navy earlier this season. Team Notes
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: Air Force won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy this season. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 and Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium Nov. 5. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02.
The 2011 season marks the 40th year of trophy competition. 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 53-27-0 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, `11
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
2 - 100-yard kickoff returns for a touchdown by Jonathan Warzeka, a school and Mountain West record.
8 - number of starters returning that started all 13 games last season.
9 - career games with 10 or more tackles by Jon Davis which is tied for sixth among active MW players.
9 - career 100-yard rushing games by Asher Clark which is the second most among active MW players.
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.
22 - wins in 29 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
23 - tackles by Brady Amack vs. Navy, the sixth most in AF history and most by an FBS player this season.
25 - straight trips in the red zone with points (18 touchdowns, 7 field goals).
26 - number of wins for senior starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, the most in school history.
28 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher. Team is 22-6 in these games.
30 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
DEFENSE CATCHING ITS STRIDE: Air Force has allowed just 7.0 points per game over the last two weeks. The Falcons shutout New Mexico, 42-0, Oct. 29 and defeated Army, 24-14, last week. All 14 Army points came in the first quarter. The Falcons have held their opponents scoreless in seven of the last eight quarters.
The shutout vs. New Mexico is the first for Air Force on the road in Mountain West Conference play and first since beating Colorado State, 24-0, in Fort Collins in 1997 as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Air Force held New Mexico to just 223 total yards which is the best since holding Nicholls State to just 151 to open the 2009 season. The 223 total yards are the fewest allowed against an FBS team and on the road since holding Navy to 209 in 2009. Lastly, the 223 total yards in the best conference road mark since holding Wyoming to just 216 in Laramie in 2008.
Air Force held Army to just 80 total yards and two first downs in the second half. AFA forced three turnovers against New Mexico and a season-best five vs. Army. The eight turnovers the last two weeks are just one shy of the nine turnovers forced in the previous seven games combined.
TEAM SEASON DEFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force has held its opponent's scoreless in seven of the last eight quarters.
Air Force has forced eight turnovers the last two games, AFA had nine total in the first seven games.
The Falcons have posted back-to-back second-half shutouts.
Air Force held Army to just 80 total yards and two first downs in the second half.
Air Force posted its first shutout since 2009 vs. New Mexico (42-0).
The shutout is the first in a conference road game since beating Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997.
AF held New Mexico to just 223 total yards, the best in a conference road game since 2008 (Wyo., 216).
Air Force has not allowed the opponent to score on its opening drive of the second half this season, forcing seven punts and two interceptions.
Air Force held New Mexico to just 115 total yards in the first half and 108 in the second.
Air Force held Boise State to 37 points, the Broncos third fewest this season.
Air Force ranks second in the conference and 12th nationally in passing defense with a 183.0 average.
Air Force had four players with double figure tackles at Navy (Brady Amack, 23; Harry Kehs, 15; Jordan Waiwaiole and Alex Means, 12 each).
Air Force had five players with double figure tackles vs. Army (Brady Amack, 14; Jon Davis, 12; Jordan Waiwaiole, 11, Alex Means, 11 and Patrick Hennessey, 10)
TEAM SEASON OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force is second in the MW and 20th nationally in total offense with a 456.4 average.
The team is third in the MW and 12th nationally in third-down conversions with a 49.6 mark.
Air Force leads the MW and ranks fifth nationally in red zone offense with a 94.9 mark (37-39)
Air Force leads the MW and ranks fifth nationally in fourth down conversions with an 85.0 mark (17-20)
Air Force is averaging 146.0 yards passing per game which is the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-)
Air Force's 26 points at Boise State is the most allowed by the Broncos 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.
SEASON SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Air Force has blocked five kicks this season (see below).
Air Force leads the MW and ranks sixth nationally in punt returns with a 15.1 average.
The Falcons lead the conference in field goal percentage with a .923 mark.
Air Force has blocked five kicks this season, the most in a season since 2006 and most in the Calhoun era.
The blocks: (PAT vs. South Dakota; FG vs. Tennessee State; PAT at Navy; FG vs. San Diego State; PAT at Boise State).
Air Force has blocked 16 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun The breakdown (8 FGs, 6 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 has three blocks (FG vs. Tenn. State, PAT at Navy, PAT at Boise State)
Means is the first player since Ryan Carter in 2003 to block a kick in back-to-back games (Tenn St., Navy).
Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks recorded his fourth-career block with a field goal vs. San Diego State.
Cooks had three blocks last season, a field goal and a punt vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State.
Air Force has blocked 114 kicks since 1990 when the team began tracking them.
The breakdown: 53 punts, 35 field goals and 26 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 229-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
TIME OF POSSESSION MOVING IN AIR FORCE'S FAVOR: After losing the time of possession battle in the first four games of the season, the Falcons have won it in four of the last five games. Air Force had a 4:52 advantage at Notre Dame, a 6:40 edge vs. San Diego State, a season-best 12:36 advantage at Boise State and a :46 edge at New Mexico. Army held a slight edge of 3:30 last week. The team's TOP for the season is up to 28:55 which is the second-best mark of the season (29:01, week eight).
FALCONS IN THE RED ZONE: Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally in red zone offense, scoring 94.9 percent (37-39) of the time. The Falcons have 27 touchdowns and 10 field goals. The Falcons were a perfect four-of-four last week vs. Army with two touchdowns and two field goals. Air Force has scored in their last 25 trips inside the red zone over the last six games with 18 touchdowns and seven field goals.
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 has forced eight turnovers the last two games (3 vs. New Mexico, 5 vs. Army).
The Falcons had forced just nine in the first seven games.
Air Force is seventh in the Mountain West in turnover margin with a -.11 mark this season.
The Falcons have forced 17 turnovers, nine interceptions and eight fumbles.
Air Force is a combined +49 in turnover margin the last five seasons.
Air Force has won the turnover battle the last two games, its first of the season (+2 UNM; +3 Army)
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.
FALCONS AMONG 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.
DB Anthony Wright has started 45 consecutive games, the most on the team.
The O-line duo of A.J. Wallerstein and Jason Kons has combined for 44 straight starts.
WR Jonathan Warzeka has caught a pass in a career-best 11 straight games.
WR Zack Kauth has caught a pass in a career-best 12 straight games.
LB Brady Amack has led the team in tackles in four straight games and six of the last seven.
PK Parker Herrington has hit nine straight field goals dating back to his only miss vs. Tennessee State.
START CHART: Several Falcons have significant streaks going in terms of consecutive games started. Senior DB Anthony Wright leads the way with 45 straight dating back to 2009. Senior DB Jon Davis has the second-longest streak with 35. Senior RB Asher Clark is third at 28 followed by senior QB Tim Jefferson with 27. Wright leads the way in overall games started as well with 45. Jefferson is second with 40, Clark is third with 36 and Davis is fourth with 35. A look at both lists follows.
WARZEKA SETS CAREER RECORD FOR KICKOFF RETURNS: Senior Jonathan Warzeka set the Air Force career record for kickoff return yards in Air Force's victory over Army. Warzeka recorded 44 kickoff return yards against the Black Knights to push his career total to 1,398 yards on 55 returns. He moved past Reggie Rembert (2007-10), who had 1,388 yards on 65 returns. Warzeka is averaging 25.4 yards per return over his career which ranks fourth in school history.
AMACK ON BRONKO NAGURSKI WATCH LIST: Senior LB Brady Amack is second in the Mountain West and 14th nationally in tackles with an average of 10.4 per game. Amack has led the team in tackles in four straight games and six of the last seven this season. He has hit double figures in tackles in four of the last six, including a 14-tackle effort vs. Army last week. Amack has 94 total tackles this season and needs just six to hit the 100-tackle mark.
Amack amassed a career-high 23 tackles, including 11 solo stops, a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss in Air Force's win over Navy. Amack's 23 tackles are a Mountain West single game record, the most by an FBS player this season and the sixth-most in school history and most since Brian Hill had 23 vs. Colorado State in 1988.
Amack earned several weekly honors. He was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Mountain West defensive player of the week and National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week.
Amack has been added to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 12 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The keynote address will be given by Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida's Jack Youngblood from the Class of 1970 will receive this year's Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.
DAVIS, HERRINGTON EARN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Senior DB Jon Davis was named defensive player of the week and junior PK Parker Herrington special teams player of the week by the Mountain West Conference for their efforts vs. Army last week.
Davis tied a career-high with 12 tackles to post his fourth game this season with double-digits in tackles. Davis ended a pair of late Army drives with his defensive efforts. On the Black Knights' first drive of the fourth quarter, Davis forced and recovered a fumble to give the Falcons possession of the ball with a 24-14 lead and 13:27 remaining in the game. On Army's next drive, he intercepted a pass with 3:53 left to play, returning the pick 20 yards to set up Air Force's final drive.
Herrington kicked a career-high three field goals, the fifth time this season he has connected on multiple field goals in a game. Herrington, who delivered field goals of 37 and 39 yards (twice), improved to 10-of-10 on the season inside 40 yards. The three field goals are the most made by a MW player in a single game this season. Herrington has made 12-of-13 field-goal attempts overall and nine straight in 2011.
The pair also earned honors by CollegeFootballPerformanceAwards.com for their respective positions.
DAVIS EARNS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN (www.generationucan.com/waltercamp), for games ending November 5. Air Force senior DB Jon Davis has received the honor on the defensive side of the ball.
Davis was honored after having an all-around productive day as the Falcons defeated Army, 24-14 and retained the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. The product of Cincinnati, Ohio, had a career-high 12 tackles and recorded one interception. Davis also forced and recovered a fumble as Air Force improved to 5-4 on the season. Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org) - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
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.
KS MOVING UP CAREER BLOCKED KICKS CHART:Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks is tied for fourth in Air Force history with four blocked kicks. Cooks recorded his fourth career kick this season with a blocked field goal vs. San Diego State. Last year, Cooks blocked three kicks, a punt and a field goal vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State. His four blocks are the most by a Falcon since Robert Kraay, who had four from 2004-06.
JEFFERSON WINNINGEST QUARTERBACK IN SCHOOL HISTORY: QB Tim Jefferson set a new school record for most wins by a starting quarterback in Air Force's win over Tennessee State. He passed the record of 22 set by Dee Dowis (1985-89), who was 22-13-1. Jefferson has a 26-14 career record as a starter. His 26 wins ranks fourth all-time in the Mountain West. Jefferson is 6-1 in his career against service academies, posting a 4-0 mark vs. Army and a 2-1 mark against Navy. He is the only quarterback in Air Force history to have six service academy wins.
JEFFERSON HAS FIFTH MOST WINS NATIONALLY: Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson has the fifth most wins nationally as a starter with 26. Jefferson's .650 (26-14) winning percentage is the ninth-best nationally. Boise State's Kellen Moore is the leader in each category with a 46-2 (.958) career record.
JEFFERSON PASSING IT UP: Senior QB Tim Jefferson recorded career highs in completions, attempts and yards against San Diego State earlier this season, hitting 22-of-36 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson had record-setting performances over a two week stretch. He hit 20-of-23 passes (.870) for 314 yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions combined against Tennessee State and Navy. His .870 completion percentage is the best two-game mark in school history. Jefferson hit 11 of 13 passes for 178 yards and a career-best three touchdowns vs. Tennessee State. He hit nine of 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown at Navy. His .900 completion percentage vs. the Midshipmen is the third-best single-game mark in school history while his .846 percentage vs. Tennessee State is the sixth best.
Jefferson has hit 82-of-137 passes for 1,129 yards on the season with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. His 59.9 completion percentage is fifth best for a single season at Air Force and best since Shaun Carney had a .642 mark in 2007. Jefferson's 141.37 career QB rating is the second best in school history.
HERRINGTON LEADS THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Junior kicker Parker Herrington leads the Mountain West in field goal percentage with a 92.3 mark and field goals made with a 1.33 per-game average.
He is a perfect 10-of-10 inside 40 yards with his only miss is from 49 yards. Herrington is fifth in the conference and second among kickers in scoring with a 7.0 average. Herrington kicked a career-high three field goals against Army to improve to 12-of-13 on the season and has hit nine straight. He has kicked two or more field goals in a game five times this season. Herrington's 92.3 field goal percentage is the second-best in school history, trailing only Jackson Whiting's perfect 1999 season (12-12).
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 438 yards and six touchdowns while Cobb is fourth with 203 yards. Freshman Broam Hart has chipped in with 52 yards in five games. The trio has combined for 693 yards and eight touchdowns which is an average of 77.0 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 added his first-career 100-yard game at Boise State with career bests of 18 carries and 108 yards. He added 64 yards and a career-best four touchdowns at New Mexico. He is the first Falcon with four rushing touchdowns in a game since Chad Hall vs. Colorado State in 2007.
=ALLERSTEIN 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.
WALLERSTEIN SEMIFINALIST FOR CAMPBELL TROPHY: Air Force senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein is among the 127 semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). Each of the 127 individuals is also a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Fidelity Investments.
Nominated by their institutions, each candidate must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Renamed in 2009 in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 16 finalists on Wednesday, October 26. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000, will be announced at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 6, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
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 3,138. 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 vs. Tennessee State to move past fullback John Kershner (1980-83), who had 2,726 career yards, to become the all-time leader for a non-quarterback. Clark added his ninth-career 100-yard game with 102 yards on 11 carries at Notre Dame to become just the third Falcon player to surpass the 3,000-yard mark for his career. Clark is third in the Mountain West in rushing this season with a 81.3 per-game average. He is averaging 7.0 yards per carry which is second-best mark among the league's top 10 rushers.
LEE'S IMPRESSIVE 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. Lee saw action for the second time in his career at Notre Dame and responded with 25 yards on three carries and scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run. He has rushed for 90 yards on five carries with two touchdowns and an 18.0 per-carry average this season in two appearances.
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.
HALL SOLID AS A STARTER: Senior Josh Hall is making the most of his opportunity to start the last six games. Hall recorded a career-best seven tackles against Navy, then matched that output with seven more against Notre Dame. Hall set a new career high with eight vs. San Diego State. Hall recorded his first-career interception at Boise State and had two tackles and a pass breakup at New Mexico. He added one tackle and forced a fumble at the Air Force one which resulted in a touchback last week vs. Army.
WALLERSTEIN, AMACK EARN MID-SEASON HONORS: Senior OL A.J. Wallerstein and senior LB Brady Amack were each named Midseason All-American honorable mention by Phil Steele's Magazine. The pair, along with junior OL Jason Kons and sophomore SPC David Baska were named midseason first-team all-Mountain West Conference by the magazine. Senior RB Asher Clark, senior DB Jon Davis, senior OL Michael Hester and junior LB Alex Means were all named second-team all-conference. Junior SPC Parker Herrington was named to the third-team.
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 Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy as college football's top student-athlete ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's 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 Phil 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 ... Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... College Football Madness Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... Rivals.com Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy.
Jon Davis: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phil 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 ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... MW defensive player of the week vs. Army ... Collegefootabllawards.com defensive back of the week vs. Army ... Collegefootballmadness defensive player of the week vs. Army ... Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Army ... ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. Army.
Asher Clark: Doak Walker National Running Back Award watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine. Jason Kons: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jordan Waiwaiole: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine. Brady Amack: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. TCU ... Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention linebacker of the week vs. Navy ... Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Navy ... Football Writers Association of America/Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. Navy ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine. Anthony Wright: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil 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.
David Baska: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention punter of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine.
Alex Means: Mountain West special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jamil Coooks: ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. TCU.
Michael Hester: Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine. Parker Herrington: Midseason third-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... MW special teams player of the week vs. Army ... Collegefootballawards.com kicker of the week vs. Army.
Air Force's 2011 schedule features six teams that played in bowl games in 2010.
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 VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force concluded the regular season with a 4-1 mark in non-conference games.
Air Force is 17-8 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
The Falcons are 10-1 at home, 4-5 on the road and 3-2 in neutral site games.
Air Force has won 10 of its last 12 with the only losses coming at No. 7 Oklahoma last season and at Notre Dame earlier this season.
AIR FORCE'S BRUTAL OCTOBER STRETCH:Air Force defeated New Mexico, 42-0, Oct. 29 to conclude a brutal stretch of games. The Falcons played four of five games in October away from home. The Falcons played at Navy Oct. 1, defeating the Midshipmen, 35-34, in overtime and at Notre Dame Oct. 8 (ND 59-33). The one home game was a Thursday night tilt with San Diego State Oct. 13, a 41-27 Aztec win. Air Force played at No. 5/7 Boise State Oct. 22 (L 37-26). The stretch is widely considered one of the toughest in school history.