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Gazette Premium Content Notes: Air Force picked fourth, TCU first in MWC poll

FRANK SCHWAB Updated: July 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

LAS VEGAS - Air Force won’t have an easy time breaking into the top three of the Mountain West, and certainly won’t be given the benefit of the doubt in the preseason.

The Falcons placed fourth in the media’s preseason football poll, released Tuesday at the conference’s media days in Las Vegas. Colorado State was picked seventh. TCU, Utah and BYU – which have dominated the league the Past two years - were picked first through third, although Air Force wasn’t far behind the Cougars in the vote. None of that matters much to Falcons coach Troy Calhoun.

“The good part about it is it creates dialogue and conjecture and some excitement,” Calhoun said about preseason polls.

The Falcons, who nominated three players for the all-MWC team, got all three on the first team. Cornerbacks Anthony Wright Jr. and Reggie Rembert each made the first team, and running back Jared Tew was one of the two running backs selected, along with Utah’s Eddie Wide.

“It’s pretty exciting to be up there among such great athletes and great football players,” Tew said.

 

Injury update

 

Calhoun said linebacker Alex Means should be ready for the start of camp, but Calhoun did say he wanted to see Means plant and not look tentative before he knows he is fully healed from a foot injury. Linebacker Patrick Hennessey’s shoulder is still an issue and his availability for the start of training camp is up in the air.

“It’ll be close,” Calhoun said.

Linebacker Ken Lamendola still is the longest shot to start camp on Monday. He is returning from a knee injury.

 

Two move inside

 

With so many injury concerns at linebacker, Calhoun said Jordan Waiwaiole and Harrison McWilliams would be primarily working at inside linebacker at the beginning of camp after playing outside linebacker last year.

“They have backgrounds at both,” Calhoun said.

 

Freshmen help

 

Calhoun won’t know for sure about the status of his freshmen until Aug. 5, when their paperwork has cleared, but he indicated about six of them could contribute as backups or on special teams, and a couple might be able to help provide some depth in the secondary.

Air Force finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference – behind the “Big Three” of TCU, Utah and BYU – in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

 

2010 Mountain West Conference Football Preseason Poll

Rk.

Team (first place votes)

Points

1.

TCU (31)

279

2.

Utah

242

3.

BYU

207

4.

Air Force

195

5.

Wyoming

147

6.

San Diego State

128

7.

Colorado State

96

8.

UNLV

56

9.

New Mexico

45

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