Player spotlight - RB Jon Lee
Talent has never held back Jon Lee. The ability to hold onto the ball has.
Lee has said that combating his fumbling issues has been a mental battle and easiest to win when he runs with confidence, putting the issue far from his mind. So what was the first thing that came to his mind when asked what he hoped to accomplish this weekend?
"I don't want to mess up?" Lee said on Tuesday.
After thinking more about it, Lee added that he needs to relax and play like he has his entire life and that if he does, the yards, touchdowns and wins will follow.
Those who watch Air Force tend to agree with him. Lee has electric speed (he has said his top 40-yard dash time was a 4.33), a good frame (at 5-foot-10, 195 pounds he's bigger than recent standout backs Chad Hall, Asher Clark and Cody Getz) and plenty of in-game success (he averaged 6.2 yards per carry on 88 attempts last season).
He'll enter the season splitting time with Anthony LaCoste. And it wasn't until LaCoste's name was mentioned that Lee finally flashed some of that cocky swagger - not nervousness - he'll need to become the star he has long been expected to be.
"We're going to see a lot of Anthony LaCoste," Lee said. "I get tired."
BRENT BRIGGEMAN, THE GAZETTE