Air Force Game Preview

2012 Game Preview-Air Force

What to watch on offense

An Air Force alum, Troy Calhoun previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texas and an assistant with the Denver Broncos. Calhoun took the Air Force academy following three consecutive losing seasons and immediately turned the program around. The Falcons have reached a bowl game in all five seasons since Calhoun took over the program

Even though Calhoun has an NFL pedigree, the Falcons continue to run large segments of the triple option wishbone offense used by the other service academies. The Falcons use a modified wishbone offense that combines the option with elements of the pro style passing game. The Falcons routinely pile up monster rushing totals, averaging over 300yds per game the last two seasons.

The Falcons lost their starting QB and most productive wing back but do return FB Mike DeWitt who ranked 2nd on the team in rushing yards. The Falcons also lost their two most experienced pass catches but do return the electric Mikel Hunter who averaged 17 yds per reception last season.

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Adversary Recruiting (February); 2011 Recap

Final 2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1 Ohio State University Banner Continues its recruiting dominance. 8 University of Illinois Banner Decent class for the Zooker.
2 University of Notre Dame Banner Made an amazing surge late. 9 University of Wisconsin Banner Not a great closing effort after a disappointing Rose Bowl.
3 University of Nebraska Banner Solid season for Pelini. 10 Northwestern 3x5 Flag Small in number, but good star average.
4 University of Michigan Banner Great final couple weeks by Hoke & company. 11 Indiana University Banner Started off hot, coaching change hurt.
5 Michigan State University Banner Closed with a strong January. 12 University of Minnesota Banner Coach Kill has his work cut out for him.
6 University of Iowa Banner Darian Cooper was a nice get. 13 Purdue University Banner A small class in size and OK in quality.
7 Penn State University Banner Solid finish after a very slow few months.      

I’m going to start the final adversary recruiting of the 2011 class with a few words on Michigan’s final group. On January 11th the University of Michigan had a total of 7 solid verbal commitments for its 2011 recruiting class. Brady Hoke was hired on this day and had the tough task of putting together a full class in three short weeks. During this short amount of time Hoke and the new staff held on to commits from Kellen Jones, Tony Posada and Blake Countess. They also added four star athletes Chris Bryant, Raymon Taylor, Chris Barnett and Antonio Poole; as well as three star kids Tamani Carter, Matt Wile, Keith Heitzman, Russell Bellomy, Thomas Rawls, and Frank Clark. I think they did a darn good job given the circumstances. I am very, very excited to see what this staff can do in 2012 with a full year to build relationships with these kids. I fully expect close to a top ten class in 2012.

LogoThe rich get richer, as the Ohio State Buckeyes closed out their 2011 campaign very strong. In the final month they wrapped up a top five cornerback in Doran Grant and one of the top linebackers in the nation, Curtis Grant. Doran is a great looking corner prospect. He is super fluid, has great hips and super ball skills. Doran chose OSU over Michigan State and had offers from many of college football’s powerhouses. He should make an impact rather quickly. Curtis Grant is an absolute stud linebacker. He has great size, speed and quickness. Curtis gets from sideline to sideline very well. He chose the Bucks over Florida, North Carolina and Virginia on signing day.





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Brian Kelly closed out his first Notre Dame class with a bang, inking three of the best defensive ends in the country. Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt both re-committed to ND after thinking things over for a while. Aaron has a great motor and a fantastic frame for a defensive end. In 2009 Lynch had 52 tackles and 16 sacks and earned offers from powers like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State among many others. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get. With offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and LSU (among others) Tuitt is a great combination of size and speed. At this point he relies a bunch on his natural abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. Rounding out ND’s crazy good defensive end class is New Yorker, Ishaq Williams. Standing 6’6”, Williams has the abilities to be an absolute freak of nature. He’s still a touch raw, but his ceiling is very high.


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