Air Force football notes: Freshman gets academic award

Notes from Air Force's game against San Diego State on Thursday.
By Brent Briggeman Updated: October 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm • Published: October 10, 2013 | 9:55 pm 0

Honor for Air Force freshman

Air Force freshman defensive back Weston Steelhammer was one of five recipients nationwide of a scholar-athlete award based on his high school exploits.

Steelhammer, from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La., was valedictorian of his high school class while earning accolades in football and baseball.

Steelhammer has seen action immediately for Air Force and was listed on the second team, according to the depth chart against San Diego State.

Steelhammer was honored as part of the 2013 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame National High School Scholar-Athlete Award.

 

Service academies good through October

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who had made no public comments through the uncertainty surrounding service academy athletics over the past two weeks, said Thursday through a spokesman that games would continue through the end of the month.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Hagel will reassess the issue later in October if the federal government continues to be shut down.

Games at Air Force, Army and Navy will be funded without the use of government money.

 

Small crowd, as expected

The combination of a late announcement that the game would take place (it was still officially off as of noon Wednesday), cold and windy weather and Air Force's 1-5 record combined to result in a crowd announced at 17,280.

One factor that didn't prevent fans from arriving was the construction at the academy's north gate. The exit was closed after Air Force's most recent home game and was opened as planned in time for this game. Construction isn't complete, as only exit 156A was open and not 156B.

 

Similar start

Karson Roberts became the third Air Force quarterback to start a game this season at Falcon Stadium and the second to lose a fumble on the first possession.

Jaleel Awini fumbled on the first play in his first start against Utah State on Sept. 7.

Roberts fumbled on the third play against San Diego State at the Air Force 27, nearly the same spot as Awini's fumble and both near the south end zone.

Unlike the Awini fumble, which led to a touchdown, Air Force's defense forced a stop after Roberts' turnover.

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