The Falcons went in the Holaday Athletic Center for the first time, and it was as good as advertised. It didn’t seem like the Falcons were limited at all during the practice, and that was not the case when they had to use the cramped area inside the indoor track at the Cadet Field House.
There were a few highlights during the drills indoors:
- Links: The first link is a story on the star of today’s practice, cornerback Anthony Wright. Wright is coming off a bit of a down season, which he admitted was plagued with injuries. Wright looks great now that he’s healthy. He intercepted three passes during practice in an impressive performance. … Air Force is dealing with high expectations. … Connor Dietz led the notes, talking about not looking ahead to 2012.
- I’ve had an eye on receiver Ike Aruguzo since he was a freshman last fall, because he is an imposing player at that position. If the big receiver can hone his skills, I don’t see why he can’t contribute pretty soon. He had a couple nice catches in practice.
- One interesting starting position battle will be at defensive end, where Harry Kehs and Ben Kopacka don’t seem to be separated by much. Kopacka missed the final seven games of last season with a knee injury. No matter who wins the spot, both will play. The Falcons want to expand their defensive line rotation this year.
- Don’t be surprised to see the Falcons use a “big nickel” defense when they go to five defensive backs, moving Brian Lindsay near the line of scrimmage and bringing in Anthony Wooding. Wooding is a good safety, and Lindsay is a physical player who can defend in the box.
- Talked about Steffon Batts yesterday, and the cornerback had a nice play, breaking up a long pass to receiver Stacey Blunt. The coaches like players who perform in practice, and Batts could keep moving up the depth chart if he makes plays.