College Football Preview: The 2015 Air Force Falcons
Air Force Falcons Preview
2014 Record: 10-3
The Air Force Falcons look to carry over the momentum of last season’s ten win campaign in to 2015.
Overview: Coaching Air Force means trying to find good athletes for a program where football is not the sole focus. Troy Calhoun did it in 2014 but was that an anomaly or the start of something sustainable?
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Offense: The Falcons threw more then we think and were surprisingly good at it with Kale Parson tossing for nearly 1,600 yards with 14 TD’s versus three picks while adding 765 yards with his legs. He’s gone and probable starter Nate Romine has 30 passes to his credit and unknown running ability. The good news for Romine is the top three receivers are back in Jalen Robinette (43-806), Garrette Brown (36-555) and TE Garrett Griffin (16-307). Leading rusher also is back hoping to match last year’s 1,000+ yard performance with three others returning with a combined 1,200 yards. Three starters are gone up front so AFA will need to dig in to the roster for replacements.
Defense: The defense in 2014 was very good and much of the credit goes to a defensive line that loses significant production. The good news is end Alex Hansen is back with his team high ten TFL and 3.5 sacks. In the linebacking unit it’s going to be nearly impossible to replace Jordan Pierce with his 19.5 TFL and seven sacks. Connor Healy is the likely candidate to step up but the group needs more then one guy to lend a hand. The secondary returns one of their top four and he is a good one. SS Weston Steelhammer recorded six TFL, three sacks and six interceptions but experience is a question mark after him.
Special Teams: Punter Will Conant and his 43.6 yard average will be missed not to mention his 19-21 effort on field goals. Garrett Brown is back to handle punts but the Falcons need return and some depth.
Outlook: I think the Falcons losses will make it difficult to duplicate the success of last season although the schedule isn’t overly difficult and that will help. If the coaching staff can work their magic again I can see a seven win season and another Bowl invite and I’ll hope for better.