Air Force seniors organize players-only meeting during losing streak

September 24, 2013 Updated: September 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm
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Boise State tight end Connor Peters (89) blocks as running back Aaron Baltazar (29) runs past Air Force defensive back Jamal Byrd (17) during the second half of of an NCAA college football game in Boise, Idaho, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Boise State won 42-20. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Air Force's few seniors banded together after practice Monday night to organize a players-only meeting.

The message? There's time to fix this.

"We don't want to continue this trend," said center Michael Husar, one of the seniors who organized the impromptu get-together that took just a few minutes. "That's not what Air Force football is about."

Among the primary speakers at the meeting were Husar, Moshood Adeniji and Christian Spears, who is not a senior but has assumed a leadership role on the defense.

The meeting came after a third consecutive loss for the Falcons, a stretch in which they gave up 150 points. And it all came against conference opponents.

"All of the seniors kind of together knew we needed to get together to kind of rally the guys a little and get them all on the same page," running back Anthony LaCoste said. "It was good. It kind of opened up some eyes for some people. We've got to get off our butts and get our minds right and play like we know we can play."

Husar said the meeting was more practical than emotional. There was no yelling and no finger pointing. Instead, it was a chance to make sure everyone remained in tune with same goals and what it will require in the different facets of the game to achieve them.

"It was just a chance to get everyone in the same room, freshmen included, and talk to everyone at the same time," Husar said. "It's the only time in our busy schedules where we can do that."

Air Force plays 6 p.m. Saturday at Nevada (2-2, 0-1). The Wolf Pack have also faced a difficult schedule to this point, with lopsided losses at UCLA and Florida State before opening the league season with a victory over Hawaii on Saturday.

Even with Navy on the horizon next week, the players are in no position to overlook anyone.

That and many topics were discussed Monday.

"Talking is one thing, but we need to produce and actually walk the walk as well," junior safety Jamal Byrd said of the meeting's theme. "We're not just trying to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, but we want to actually make a statement in the Mountain West and we don't feel like it's too late to do that."

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