Have an update about the uniforms and the meaning behind the gray color on the alternate jerseys from last year, which I’ve been told will be used again this year. Mike made the comment on the original blog post, referring to coach Troy Calhoun, to “ask him if the 2011 and now the 2012 grey/silver colored uniform honors the incredible bravery of the pilots who flew the F-105, many of whom were Academy grads, during the Vietnam air war.”
So I asked:
“It was to honor the guys that flew F-105s,” Calhoun said. “There’s probably no other aircraft, or close to it, in terms of former Air Force football players flying combat missions, than the F-105. You look at a lot of static displays of F-105s, and try to make it pretty close to that same tint. That’s why we did it. Two years ago we honored the Thunderbirds, last year was to honor the guys who flew the F-105s, because we’ve had more football players that flew that in combat than probably any other aircraft. It’s got a purpose, for sure.”
There you go …
- Some links to stories. First, people are asking if there’s any news on the five players not with the team. This is what the academy is saying (it isn’t much). Air Force is hoping to start stadium renovations after this season. And the receiver position is another big question mark that needs to be figured out in camp.
- The starting cornerbacks had a really nice day. Steffon Batts and Chris Miller each had impressive interceptions, and they both got their hands on the ball throughout practice. With Air Force still figuring out its depth in the secondary, the Falcons need Batts and Miller to come through on their immense progress.
- Quarterback Kale Pearson looks like a pretty good backup to Connor Dietz. He looks very athletic and throws a nice ball. If he continues to progress, he could enter next offseason as the clear favorite to start in 2013.
- Jared Jones, a sophomore, is getting a heck of an opportunity. With Jamil Cooks not with the team and Stephan Atrice out for a couple weeks with a hamstring injury, Jones has been working at outside linebacker with the first team. Atrice will probably regain his first-team spot when he proves himself healthy, but keep in mind, the Falcons coaching staff values durability, and nobody is assured to get their spot back if they’ve missed time with injury.