AFA football: Sophomore has edge at kicker

By: JAKE SCHALLER
August 15, 2009
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photo - Air Force Z receiver Kyle Halderman was among 12 players that missed Saturday's practice. Halderman has a collbarbone injury. Photo by JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE
Air Force Z receiver Kyle Halderman was among 12 players that missed Saturday's practice. Halderman has a collbarbone injury. Photo by JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE 

Air Force sophomore Garrett Jack, one of the players vying to replace graduated kicker Ryan Harrison, has left the team, coach Troy Calhoun said Saturday.

Calhoun called Jack “an exemplary cadet” and said he left “probably for some stuff that he wants to do down the road.”

Even before Jack’s departure, sophomore Erik Soderberg seemed to be gaining the upper hand in the kicking competition. But Calhoun noted Saturday that the competition is ongoing.

Soderberg missed several kicks when Air Force practiced field goals on Saturday, but he nailed 38- and 45-yard attempts during the scrimmage portion of the practice. Freshman Danny Compton looked impressive early but missed an extra point off the left upright when the Falcons scrimmaged. Junior Zack Bell, who began spring listed as the starting kicker, still is out with a sore quad.

Red jerseys everywhere
In addition to Z receiver Kyle Halderman (collarbone) and guard Nick Charles (hamstring), about 10 other potential contributors missed Saturday’s practice.

Among the players who sat out Saturday but should be back within approximately a week — sophomore cornerback Anthony Wright Jr., sophomore Z receiver Jonathan Warzeka, junior tailback Savier Stephens, junior fullback Jared Tew, senior defensive end Myles Morales and senior tackle Ryan Gonzales. Senior linebacker Justin Moore and senior X receiver Josh Cousins both did not participate because of illness, Calhoun said.

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