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Posted: 8/22/2013 9:22 PM

What would you like to know about? 


Guys,
I've enjoyed checking in on this site and seeing the high level of interest and knowledge you all clearly have when it comes to Air Force athletics. I'm still familiarizing myself with the goings on of AFA football and would certainly welcome any feedback (civil, preferably) and/or suggestions of things you'd like to see in our coverage of the team. Shoot me an email at brent.briggeman@gazette.com.
Also, don't be a stranger. I'm not hard to find at practice (I'm the stocky one with a notepad), come introduce yourself to me and chat.
Thanks,
Brent Briggeman
The Gazette

PS: I've noticed a number of our stories/blogs pasted directly on here w/ different posts. If you could instead just paste a link and maybe copy key parts of stories it would encourage more clicks to our site, which would show our editors the importance of our Air Force coverage and keep our resources allocated out there (keeping me gainfully employed) and more stories for all of you to read... everybody wins!
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Posted: 8/23/2013 12:52 AM

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Why/how does Navy have 4 Noseguards on their roster over 300 lbs, while AFA's largest player is a svelt 275? bad recruiting? Inadequate nutrition? Defensive schemes and Philosophy?
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Posted: 8/23/2013 7:29 AM

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According to what Troy Calhoun has told me (and he doesn't reveal much), it's mostly about philosophy. AFA requires, as all of you I'm sure know, that all cadets be able to meet certain distance running times. It's Calhoun's assertion that a 300-pounder, in most cases, can't handle this. As a result, you'd have a guy fluctuating weight up and down on occasions during his time at the academy and the staff just doesn't want that.
On top of that, Calhoun finds ways all the time to mention how much he values guys who are physically fit. I've personally seen him leaving for a run within minutes of the end of practice. He has surrounded himself with coaches who have a similar outlook, and I just can't see them trying to lure a kid with the wrong kind of weight. 
All of that being said, Calhoun said last year after the bowl loss that he had a "mass problem," and set out bringing in several large frame recruits. So maybe the philosophy is changing.
Now, why Navy would be different is anyone's guess. But if you take away those nose guards, their roster doesn't look a great deal different than Air Force's; and particularly like the Falcons will likely look in a year or two when the new recruits are sophomores and juniors. So I don't think there's a massive difference between the two, and certainly nothing that could be credited to nutrition, but I do think there will be even more recruiting competition in coming years for the large frame guys who can handle 290+ pounds without getting sloppy and still meet the demands of a service academy.
I'll definitely take a look at this issue further during Navy week.

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Posted: 8/23/2013 7:44 AM

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Brent, thanks for the feedback.  There have been a lot of questions about the freshmen and former Prep Schoolers and who will play this year.  Mike and others on this site have been the eyes and ears for many of us and have done a great job and been a big help in building excitement coming into this season.  But certainly they can't be everywhere at all times and i am sure they have other things to do.  So what info can you share about the new players in camp and who will play and where they fit in?  I did read your post of a projected day one starting 22.  But what about the depth and the first year kids and how they are catching on?
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Posted: 8/23/2013 7:46 AM

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I don't think we need to wait until Navy week to determine whether or not we have a "mass" problem on defense.

Colgate is about our size for the most part and I think the game will go like all the other Parent's Weekend games over the past ten years.  They have a good pass and catch game, but they're not a power running team.  I think we'll do OK.

The next week, however, is Utah State.  They're big, quick and a good team.  They can throw and run with power.  Getting pushed around on defense by the Aggies at home will not bode well for the rest of the season. 


brentbriggeman wrote:

According to what Troy Calhoun has told me (and he doesn't reveal much), it's mostly about philosophy. AFA requires, as all of you I'm sure know, that all cadets be able to meet certain distance running times. It's Calhoun's assertion that a 300-pounder, in most cases, can't handle this. As a result, you'd have a guy fluctuating weight up and down on occasions during his time at the academy and the staff just doesn't want that.
On top of that, Calhoun finds ways all the time to mention how much he values guys who are physically fit. I've personally seen him leaving for a run within minutes of the end of practice. He has surrounded himself with coaches who have a similar outlook, and I just can't see them trying to lure a kid with the wrong kind of weight. 
All of that being said, Calhoun said last year after the bowl loss that he had a "mass problem," and set out bringing in several large frame recruits. So maybe the philosophy is changing.
Now, why Navy would be different is anyone's guess. But if you take away those nose guards, their roster doesn't look a great deal different than Air Force's; and particularly like the Falcons will likely look in a year or two when the new recruits are sophomores and juniors. So I don't think there's a massive difference between the two, and certainly nothing that could be credited to nutrition, but I do think there will be even more recruiting competition in coming years for the large frame guys who can handle 290+ pounds without getting sloppy and still meet the demands of a service academy.
I'll definitely take a look at this issue further during Navy week.

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Posted: 8/23/2013 7:58 AM

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In regards to the freshmen who will see playing time, particularly early, the list isn't very long right now. David Harris briefly took over the starting NG position but is currently backing up senior Dana Luebbe. Harris will see time there. Jalen Robinette, as I had written, has a look about him that screams breakout star. If he doesn't start at WR, he'll be among the first to sub in. Ryan Watson is a second-team DL and the coaches love him. He'll be in. That's about it right now in terms of guys on the first or second team.
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Posted: 8/23/2013 8:00 AM

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I'm not saying Navy will be the first team on the schedule with players larger than Air Force. Everyone else will, too. But Colgate, Utah State, Boise State, etc. have the freedom grab whatever players they choose, making it an apples and oranges comparison. Navy is at least the same kind of fruit, they just seem to be growing them a bit larger.
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Posted: 8/23/2013 8:19 AM

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Brent, I'm interested in your opinion on the AFA policies on media access. 

AFA doesn't release many depth charts or rosters and TC is generally seems guarded about personnel issues in press conferences.  Also there was that incident last year where TC didn't attend the press conference at Michigan.  I think he might also have missed another one later in the year. 

Over the summer we have had a few conversations here about this.  Lately you have had a few stories that include a line about how you were not able to speak to a particular player directly because of team media policies.  Also there seem to be hints that there are new aspects of the offensive practice that the coaches don't want people to talk about.  Are you finding it very frustrating to work under these conditions?  What do you think is the main point of all this?
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Posted: 8/23/2013 8:35 AM

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brentbriggeman wrote: But Colgate, Utah State, Boise State, etc. have the freedom grab whatever players they choose
Not exactly.  The Patriot League's Academic Index limits Colgate's recruiting pool.
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Posted: 8/23/2013 8:45 AM

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Brent,

Thank you for what you do and asking us for topics. In the absence of current material on the team, I would suggest doing a long-term series on either certain AF teams and/or certain players. Write an article on the team and/or player and provide video highlights. My era was '86 - '90 so it would be fun for me to see Dowis and Hennings footage.

Good luck and stay gainfully employed!

Mike
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