Air Force will face a much tougher test in its second game this season, and will head into that game at Michigan short-handed.
Center Michael Husar injured the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and he will miss the rest of the season. That injury is especially difficult for Husar because his father, Michael Husar Sr., played for Michigan. Junior Austin Hayes replaced Husar in Saturday’s game against Idaho State.
Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said Husar, a junior who the coaches had planned on being one of the team’s best linemen, should be a candidate for the Cadet Turnback Program, which would give him a ninth semester at the academy and a fifth season in college football. Husar wants to go to medical school, and Calhoun said while recovering from surgery he will have a difficult time getting around and carrying a full class load.
“There are unique circumstances where you support a cadet who needs a ninth semester and I think this is one,” Calhoun said.
That issue will be dealt with in the future. The Falcons’ task this week needs their full focus, because they will be facing a Michigan team coming off an embarrassing loss to Alabama.
The Wolverines were ranked eighth in both polls before playing Alabama.
“I think they’re excellent,” Calhoun said. “They’re clearly a top-10 team and could end up in the national championship hunt, and who’s to say they couldn’t play that team (Alabama) again.”
Air Force will have a big challenge dealing with Michigan’s size up on the offensive and defensive lines, and also trying to corral quarterback Denard Robinson, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football.
After their season-opening win against Idaho State, Air Force players said they would take 30 minutes to enjoy the win and then they would shift all their focus to Michigan.
“It’s a huge game – the No. 8 team in the country, playing in front of 115,000 people,” running back Cody Getz said. “Can’t get any bigger than that.”
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