Air Force sophomore Connor Dietz, the Falcons’ backup quarterback, says he always prepares for games as if he is going to play.

That mentality has been especially important this week, with sophomore starting quarterback Tim Jefferson’s status for Saturday’s game against San Diego State uncertain.

Dietz entered last weekend’s game at New Mexico late in the first quarter after Jefferson injured his right ankle. If Jefferson is unable to play Saturday — or if he is limited — Dietz will be called upon again.

“If TJ is ready to go, he’ll go out and do his thing,” Dietz said. “But if not, I have to make sure I’m ready to go as well.”

Dietz’s teammates — including Jefferson — gave him high marks for his play last weekend.

“He definitely kept his composure in there, and he looked good,” senior tight end Sean Quintana said. “He always does well in practice, and I think it carried over to the game.”

Hungry for return
Air Force has not returned a kickoff for a touchdown since 1985. And it hasn’t taken a punt back for a score since 1998.

Junior Reggie Rembert and sophomore Anthony Wright Jr. both have spoken about ending the drought.

They’re paired deep on punt returns, giving the Falcons a lethal duo.

“Kick it away from me, and you’ve got to kick it to Reggie, and you know he can take it the distance every time,” Wright said. “It’s two dangerous people back there, so pick your poison.”