When the Air Force Falcons begin their 2014 football campaign, there is a good chance that the Falcons will employ a two-quarterback system with their offense.
Kale Pearson has been working mostly with the starting offense and Nate Romine with the second string. But, Air Force has an extremely talented wide receiver set and Romine has been working with the first string when the Falcons get pass happy. With Jalen Robinette, Garrett Brown and the rest of the wide receivers needing to be involved more with the offense, Romine will see his time with the Falcons this season. No official announcement has been made by Head Coach Troy Calhoun or the coaching staff on who will start at quarterback against Nicholls State on August 30th.
There has been some shuffling in the defensive starting group during the first two weeks of camp, with one huge surprise.
Last year's leading tackler Dexter Walker has found himself in a battle for the starting weak side linebacker spot from sophomore Jacob Onyechi. Onyechi actually started in the linebacker spot during the first team scrimmage on August 9th. Whether it is a wake-up call for Walker or Onyechi is just that good, it will be an interesting battle between the two Falcon defenders heading into the opening game.
Another switch was at strong safety, where sophomore Weston Steelhammer has jumped senior Jamal Byrd on the depth chart.
Adding Beef to the Defensive Line
To try to improve on one of the worst running defenses in the country last season, the Falcons have seen some increased size be added to their defensive front three. Nick Fitzgerald added the most weight, as the senior defensive end is currently being reported at 290 lbs. His opposite partner Alex Hansen is also up in weight to 275 lbs.
In fact, of all the defensive lineman being listed on the Air Force roster, only nose guard Troy Timmerman is reporting a decrease in weight. Down to 250 lbs., Timmerman is trying to be disruptive by increasing his mobility.