Sorry for the lateness of tonight’s report, had a mini golf date with the family (and three brilliant putts on 16, 17 and 18 saved par for the round … thank you, thank you). Today marked the point in camp where the younger players are going to get longer looks, before the veterans start gearing up for the season later in camp. I’m not sure the starting offensive line even broke a sweat this afternoon. As such, here’s some news on the youngsters:
- Links: Two things about this Asher Clark story – there might not be a more irreplaceable player on the Falcons this season, including quarterback Tim Jefferson, and it’s amazing how close Clark is to breaking all of Air Force’s all-time rushing records.
- I’ve spoken about other young fullbacks here the past couple days, but at the moment, it’s looking like Ben Souther is first in line among the freshmen to earn some playing time at fullback. Fellow freshman Broam Hart, who went to the prep school last year like Souther, is also getting a long look with the varsity offense.
- Receiver Ty MacArthur has looked pretty good in practice the last couple of days. He’s small and quick, in the mold of fellow Californian Jonathan Warzeka.
- Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren said the race to replace Reggie Rembert at cornerback is a dead heat between Josh Hall, Chris Miller and Steffon Batts. Hall is the steady senior, Miller has the talent to win the job, but Batts might be the most intriguing at the moment. Warren said he wants a playmaker, and Batts has made plays just about every day in camp to shoot up the depth chart. Keep in mind – Air Force’s staff is very democratic, and if you perform in practice, you can win a starting job.
- Two more young freshmen to keep in mind: receiver Courtney Whitehead, a tall, impressive looking athlete from Athens, Texas, and quarterback Mitch Griebel. Whitehead is a direct-in freshman who has gotten some personal attention and instruction from head coach Troy Calhoun in practice – which is never a bad sign. Griebel, who is from Heritage High School in Colorado, played well at the prep school last year and has a live arm. It will be interesting to see him in some live scrimmage situations.
- One more story that shows how much Calhoun keeps an eye on the details – before a punt return drill, snapper Colton Reid asked Calhoun which way the punters should kick. After thinking for a moment Calhoun said he wanted punters kicking from west to east – so returners would have the challenge of looking into the sun to catch the ball.