Updated: September 29, 2010 at 12:00 am
Air Force might not have Kevin Fogler for the next few weeks, but at least the Falcons have someone that plays like him.
Zach Kauth isn’t as experienced as Fogler, but they look alike. Kauth is 6-4, 205 pounds, a similar big target to the 6-5, 215-pound Fogler. Since Fogler might not be back until mid-November with a knee injury, Kauth is one of the players that has to help fill the void.
He already had been patterning his game after Fogler.
“He’s the guy I go to when I need to ask a question about a block or a route,” Kauth said. “Same body build, same mentality, same way we move.”
Kyle Halderman could also get some extra time at the “X” receiver spot that Fogler manned before the injury. Brandon Hirneise is another receiver who will get some more playing time with Fogler out. Kauth has filled in for Fogler before with some good results. He caught three passes for 45 yards against Oklahoma after Fogler left the game with a head injury.
Fogler was Air Force’s best deep threat, so losing him will affect the offense.
“It’s a real big loss for us,” receiver Jonathan Warzeka said. “Collectively, more than one person is going to have to step up to replace Fogler.”
Not looking forward
Saturday will be a big game for both teams, but that doesn’t mean everyone on Navy’s side is looking forward to the trip.
“I don’t really like going out to Colorado Springs because it’s hard to breathe,” Navy safety Wyatt Middleton said. “But it’s a beautiful place.”
Almost a sellout
Earlier this week, Air Force had about 1,500 tickets left for Saturday’s game, and was hopeful it could sell out. The Falcons had a sellout for their last home game, against BYU.