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Gazette Premium Content Jefferson's passing gives Falcons more options

FRANK SCHWAB Updated: August 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

With every strong throw Tim Jefferson makes this month, it’s fair to wonder if Air Force might be a more balanced offense in 2010.

Jefferson had a fantastic 30-yard pass down the middle of the field Saturday for a completion during a scrimmage. He has looked sharp all of training camp, and Jefferson and Air Force’s coaches have said he’s grasping the passing offense better as a junior.

Last year, Air Force ran 815 times and attempted 153 passes. The Falcons will never be close to a 50-50 offense, but if Jefferson keeps progressing, perhaps they can pass a little more.

Before coach Troy Calhoun proclaimed that a possibility, he voiced concerns about other deficiencies in the passing offense.

“We have to do a little better job of protecting the passer,” Calhoun said. “We’ve been reasonable in our offensive line, sometimes not, and then with our backs in protection, we’ve been too warm and cold in protection.”

Jefferson threw reasonably well last year, although he completed just 57 percent of his passes, a number he wants to improve. And although Jefferson looks good throwing the ball – he said it’s the best he has tossed the ball in his career “by far” – he’s ready for whatever is asked of him.

“We just have to wait until game time to see,” Jefferson said. “It’s all about what the plan is going to be that week.”

Too many mistakes

One issue throughout Air Force’s scrimmage work has been a few too many penalties for Calhoun’s liking. Calhoun believes for the Falcons to be successful, they have to average less than five penalties a game. That is a minor concern, especially after there were many flags on the offense in Saturday’s scrimmage.

“Offensively, all the way around, I thought we made too many mistakes,” Calhoun said. “There’s too many things that have to get firmer and more sound across the board. It just wasn’t as clean.”

Injury notes

Wide reciever Kevin Fogler, who had a minor knee injury, returned to practice. Fullback Jared Tew was very limited because of a virus. He could be limited for a few days, Calhoun said.

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