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Air Force Falcons quarterback Arion Worthman (2) passes the ball off against Wyoming Cowboys at Falcon Stadium at Falcon Stadium, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday November 11, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The first 100 cadets at Air Force’s spring scrimmage on Saturday were treated to free Chick-fil-A sandwiches, courtesy of an idea from quarterback Arion Worthman.

Worthman said the idea of providing food came to him in a marketing analysis class Thursday.

“I just thought, let’s offer some free food and get a good turnout and have a really productive Saturday,” said Worthman, the returning starter who was a team captain as a junior.

Worthman went to coach Troy Calhoun with the idea, and the coach obliged.

“It was a team deal,” Calhoun said when asked who paid for the food. “We were able to get a few of the students out here, which was kind of neat, too.”


Young quarterbacks show playmaking abilities

Much of Saturday’s scrimmage included action orchestrated by sophomore (to be) quarterbacks Beau English and Donald Hammond.

It’s tough to say if either gained an edge over the other. Hammond completed several passes and looked strong as a runner, while English made perhaps a few more plays.

Neither player was available for interviews per a team policy that has permitted only seniors-to-be to talk to media during the spring.

Worthman recalled the freedom he felt playing quarterback in the spring game two years ago as a freshman, and how that propelled his career. He ended up coming off the bench and leading Air Force to victories in the final six games of his sophomore year.

“The offense is so complex and there’s so many checks,” Worthman said. “At times you’re not really just playing, you’re just calculating and seeing what the defense is giving to you. So once you get in a rhythm and start getting a flow it turns into a football game – backyard football – and that’s when guys start making plays. You saw that today.”


Physical spring concludes

Coming off a 5-7 season, Air Force turned the focus to physicality during spring football and continued it through Saturday’s conclusion of the 15-practice session.

“It was exceptionally physical,” Calhoun said. “Whatever you’re allowed to do, we went completely against the ceiling in terms of tackling and blocking and the number of the days you can wear pads. I hope that helps us going forward.”


Other notes and observations from the spring game

(All players listed by class they will be in fall 2018)