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Brent Briggeman

AFA Reporter

  • Q&A: Air Force LB coach Ron Vanderlinden talks CU, Penn State scandal and praise for Troy Calhoun

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Ron Vanderlinden came to Air Force this past offseason after spending 13 years coaching linebackers at Penn State. His 36-year career, which is as impressive as you'll find for a linebacker coach, includes four years as Maryland's head coach, five years spent at Northwestern that saw...

  • Air Force struggles receive no sympathy from conference foes

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Colorado State coach Jim McElwain's first trip to Air Force produced "the most humiliating loss in my entire life." He elaborated, saying that included his time in pee wee football all the way up through playing days and into a coaching career that saw him coordinate Alabama's offense...

  • Air Force hungry to return to its winning ways

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Jalen Robinette never envisioned himself taking part in such primal, vicious activities. But then, he'd never been that hungry. During survival training this summer, the Air Force receiver and his fellow cadets killed rabbits with sticks and ripped the heads off of chickens. After...

  • Newcomers help Air Force offensive line form a tight bond

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Matt Rochell left his offensive linemen classmates almost immediately at Air Force, working into the starting lineup as a freshman. Not that he was complaining, but no position group for the Falcons tends to be older than the line, and for a freshman it can be an isolating place....

  • Healy brothers Patrick and Connor enjoying time together as Air Force linebackers

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Patrick Healy still wears a scar on the side of his head, the result of a collision with a glass lamp in his basement while diving to catch a football. A lot of lamps in the Healy's Castle Rock household didn't survive the childhood years of three linebackers, two of whom are playing...

  • First look at an unofficial Air Force football depth chart

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The physical fall camp for Air Force will make one last gasp this weekend, with live sessions planned for Friday or Saturday. And what a physical three weeks it has been. “When you look at inside drill and 11-on-11 football, we had over 2,000 snaps,” Falcons coach Troy Calhoun...

  • Conant could pull double duty as Air Force placekicker, punter

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Standout placekicker Will Conant may add punting responsibilities this year as well, as the competition at punter is between he and Brett Dunn. Kickoffs will be handled by junior Drew Oehrle. Coach Troy Calhoun said Conant will not be used in all three roles, but there is a chance...

  • Air Force freshman Ross learning quickly at linebacker

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Freshman linebacker Grant Ross, who turned down a full scholarship offer from TCU before coming to Air Force by way of the prep school, has worked with the varsity for about the past 10 practices and even worked in at times with the second team on Wednesday. Ross, from Kashmere High...

  • Air Force QB Kale Pearson improved his arm strength with time on the ground

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Even when he was sitting around last year, Kale Pearson found a way to improve. The Air Force senior quarterback, who tore his ACL in the 2013 season opener, wasn't able to put weight on his injured leg for months. So he threw from the ground. "I definitely got better throwing from...

  • Q&A: Air Force quarterbacks coach on depth, experience and 21 pull-ups

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The Gazette's Brent Briggeman: Have you seen the progression with Kale Pearson as a passer? Air Force QB coach Blane Morgan: Just maturity-wise he’s gone through a lot and he’s had to grow up. He’s the ultimate competitor. He’s a kid that wants to be on the field. This last year was...

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