Best Air Force Offensive Player
QB Arion Worthman, Sr.
He stepped up into the starting quarterback role and did what Air Force quarterbacks do, taking off for a team-high 821 yards and 13 scores despite missing the last two games, but only averaged 3.8 yards per carry.
While he just barely missed on hitting half of his passes, he was able to bomb deep, threw ten touchdown passes and just four picks. At 5-11 and 205 pounds he’s built like a running back and can be a workhorse – running 20 times or more in seven of his ten games.
2. RB Joseph Saucier, Soph.
3. RB/FB Taven Birdow, Jr.
4. WR/RB Ronald Cleveland, Sr.
5. RB Kade Remsberg, Soph.
Best Air Force Defensive Player
LB Lakota Wills, Soph.
Any of the excellent defensive backs could turn into the team’s best defensive player, but Wills will be right there all season as the new main man for the linebacking corps.
The Falcons lost their top two tacklers – Grant Ross and Jack Flor – and now it’ll be up to the 6-3, 220-pound Wills to build on his strong freshman season and do even more in the backfield. He came up with 47 tackles with two sacks, six tackles for loss and a pick.
2. S Kyle Floyd, Sr.
3. CB Jeremy Fejedelem, Jr.
4. S James Jones, Jr.
5. LB R.J. Jackson, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OG Griffin Landrum, Sr.
Air Force usually doesn’t have a problem reloading – doing a great job more than most, with their system of building up players so they’re ready to roll as upperclassmen – but having to replace four starters on the offensive line is an issue for anyone.
Throw in that the Falcons were just okay up front last year, and this joins the pass rush as the team’s biggest issue. The 6-2, 280-pounder is the lone returning starter – he has to turn into the steady, veteran factor everything else works around.
Key Game To The Air Force Season
Boise State, Oct. 27
The Falcons have to go to San Diego State, but that’s against the West in a nasty road game. However, the rest of the Mountain West start to the season isn’t bad – at Utah State, Nevada and at UNLV, and with New Mexico coming in mid-November – and then comes the home date against Boise State.
They managed to win three in a row over the Broncos before getting loaded 44-19 last season. Win this, and if all is going according to plan, be in the thick of the Mountain Division title chase.
2017 Air Force Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Opponents 107 – Air Force 61
– 4th Downs: Air Force 16-of-25 (64%) – Opponents 5-of-9 (56%)
– Fumbles: Air Force 32 (lost 14) – Opponents 13 (lost 5)