The Falcon secondary is looking to be aggressive:
"For us, there never can be too much of those qualities," Warren said Saturday after the Falcons completed a long, hard practice. "We're not going to do anything elaborate, but we're going to be aggressive. We understand that when you try to make big plays, things can happen both good and bad and you roll with the punches."
Here is an excerpt of a Q&A with Air Force's Troy Calhoun done by The Denver Post:
"I think we're facing the strongest football schedule a service academy has played in decades," Calhoun said. "We'll see as we get into our August practice, but I have a hunch this will be one of those teams that will look at that challenge right in the eye."
In their first five weeks, the Falcons face road games at Oklahoma and Wyoming. They also have home games against BYU, a perennial Mountain West power, and service academy rival Navy, whom the Falcons haven't beaten since 2002.
Q: You have talked about concerns on the offensive line and at linebacker. Where do you stand on those two areas?
A: We have to make rapid improvement in both of those areas in August. A.J. Wallerstein and Chase Darden are two linemen who have played a good number of snaps. I think by mid-November and in 2011, the offensive line will be a position of strength for our team. We're going to try and make it happen sooner.
Q: In your three seasons, Air Force has had winning records each year and gone to a bowl game. Is this your best team on paper?
A: Time will tell. We have an awful lot to do before the first of September. We need a good three weeks of work at every position, and then we'll sit down and evaluate where we are. The work we do in preseason practice is going to be huge for this team.
Six basketball games will be shown on BYU-TV, and there are some good matchups:
Nov. 5, BYU vs. BYU-Hawaii, 7 p.m. (Marriott Center)
Nov. 20, BYU vs. Chicago State, 7 p.m. (Marriott Center)
Nov. 23, BYU vs. Mississippi Valley State, 7 p.m. (Marriott Center)
Dec. 4, BYU vs. Hawaii, 4 p.m. (EnergySolutions Arena)
Dec. 8, BYU vs. Vermont, 7 p.m. ET (Glens Falls Civic Center)
Dec. 11, BYU vs. Arizona, 4 p.m. (EnergySolutions Arena)
Below is a whole lot of audio from BYU practice today.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall
WR O'Neill Chambers
QB Coach Brandon Doman
The Rams are loaded at running back:
No fewer than six players are listed on the depth chart, with UCLA transfer Raymond Carter on the top of that list. Chris Nwoke, a redshirt freshman from ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, is No. 2, followed by returning seniors Leonard Mason and John Mosure, junior two-year letterman Derek Good and senior reserve Amadeus Waters. Also in the mix is Tony Drake, a freshman dynamo from Dallas.
"We've got a number of running backs," Colorado State University coach Steve Fairchild said Saturday following the Rams' third practice of the season. "Probably four, five, six guys we could put in the ballgame. So we'll have to figure out the rotation. Obviously, guys staying healthy will have something to do with it."
Mike Locksley still can not get out of the shadow of 2009:
A week after New Mexico-based attorney Dennis Montoya filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on behalf of former wide receivers coach J.B. Gerald, alleging Gerald was assaulted, discriminated and retaliated against after a Sept. 20 physical altercation, UNM head football coach Mike Locksley and UNM's Board of Regents have been served with the complaint and summons, Montoya said.
A summon puts a defendant on notice that he or she is being sued. The defendant(s) then have to either appear in court or acknowledge in writing the opposing party's intention to sue, according to several online sources. Now that they've been served, Locksley and UNM's Board of Regents have 20 days to respond, Montoya said in an e-mail.
San Diego State
QB Ryan Lindley is the key to the Aztec offense succeeding:
This is an important year for Lindley. And as the Aztecs broke the first practice of training camp Monday, it's clear that this is his team to lead. There are plenty of stars to go around - particularly on offense where the Aztecs find themselves with a surplus of talented wide receivers. But as Lindley goes, they go. As Lindley goes, the offense goes.
"He's got an edge to him this year," said wide receiver Vincent Brown - an NFL prospect who is sure to be on the receiving end of most of Lindley's passes. "He demands a lot from us and we expect a lot from him. He knows where he wants this team to be and we'll follow."
"I don't think we have a Jerry Hughes on our team at defensive end," Patterson said. "But we have all the rest [of the defense] coming back, and all the rest of them are a year older of playing, and so all the rest of them might be able to make up for [the loss of] Jerry Hughes."
Instead of being mostly an outside threat, it's been strongly hinted through drills in spring practices and the first couple of fall sessions that Payne will see the middle of the field more, and should have the ball in his hands just as much as - if not more than - before.
DL Lei Talamaivao out for the year with knee surgery. Talamalvao was to be a star on the line and will be missed.
Justin Taplin Ross
Day four from Utah camp:
The Pokes take on three teams ranked in the preseason top 10.
First full padded practice for Wyoming was rough:
One of the more intense periods was the one-on-one tackling and blocking drills. The hit or highlight of this came when true freshman linebacker Oliver Schober picked up sophomore running back Alvester Alexander and slammed him to the turf. Well, it wasn't exactly a slam, but the attempt was there. Alexander didn't like it and some pushing and shoving started, but ended about as fast as it started. Just a part of fall camp.
The Cowboys had a couple of receivers go down with injuries with senior Travis Burkhalter and junior DeJay Lester, and junior defensive tackle Alex Stover may have aggravated his nagging groin injury. Stover stayed on the field after he was hurt and I asked him if he was OK and he said yes. Christensen didn't have an injury report after practice.