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  11/25/20 - Parker FergusonSr/2021, Air Force, 6-5, 290 (DS#34 OT) + More +

  Air Force's offensive line was among 22 in the nation to earn a spot on the midseason honor roll from the Joe Moore Award. Army and San Diego State were also included on the honor roll, as was the line from No. 1 Alabama. Air Force leads the nation in rushing yards at 336.5 yards per game. The award's committee said the Falcons "have found a way to lead the country in rushing under extremely challenging conditions and injuries to key players. Tough and physical at point of attack and look to finish whenever they can. Play with tight bases and run off the football and accelerate on contact. People movers. Scrappy. Well coached triple team that runs a fair amount of outside zone, power, lead, and it's all fun to watch." - Colorado Springs Gazette

(DS#34 OT) Sr/2021 OT Parker FergusonAir Force
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  11/25/20 - Kyle PattersonSo/2023, Air Force, 6-5, 245 (DS#35 TE) + More +

  Kyle Patterson chose Air Force knowing tight ends might not see the ball very often. In fact, that's kind of why he made the choice over offers from schools that included Alabama, Arizona and Washington. Blocking was that cool, he decided. "During high school that was usually what I would do," Patterson said. "Eighty percent of the time I was run blocking." Air Force is asking the sophomore to do a bit more than that. Through four games, Patterson leads the team with nine catches for 144 yards, and his touchdown at San Jose State remains the Falcons' lone touchdown reception.

His nine grabs are already more than Air Force's tight ends averaged (8.25) over the past four seasons. He has shown why he has caused a rethinking of the passing distribution with a 28-yard catch on a third-and-13 play in the first quarter of a 28-0 victory over New Mexico on Friday. Using his 6-foot-6, 245-pound frame as a starting point, he elevated above two defenders to high-point the ball and move the chains. "I've found my home here," said the Gilbert, Ariz., native and son of former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Shawn Patterson. "I'm starting to thrive, which is great. Love the offense, all the teammates - great guys. - Colorado Springs Gazette


(DS#35 TE) So/2023 TE Kyle PattersonAir Force
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  11/25/20 - Brad RobertsSo/2023, Air Force, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 FB) + More +

  Brad Roberts' career spans just six quarters for Air Force. In that short time, the fullback has gained a team-high 280 yards. With an urgency reminiscent of the manner in which he hits a hole, this sophomore has thrust himself into prominence in the Falcons' offense and was rewarded Monday with Mountain West offensive player of the week honors. Roberts ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries against New Mexico in a 28-0 victory Friday night. It was his first start and full game. "There's no quit in the guy," coach Troy Calhoun said after the game, calling Roberts "a warrior."

Roberts, an Arvada native, made his first appearance in the second half of the season-opening 40-7 victory over Navy. He ran for 102 yards in that game with a touchdown. For unspecified reasons, he then sat the next two games before being moved into the starting lineup when Timothy Jackson was unavailable against the Lobos. Roberts ran for two first-half touchdowns as Air Force built a 21-0 lead. Roberts was not made available to media following the game as he received treatment. "The thing I like most about him, he gets to the hole fast," left guard Nolan Laufenberg said. - Colorado Springs Gazette


(DS#999 FB) So/2023 FB Brad RobertsAir Force
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  11/23/20 - Brad RobertsSo/2023, Air Force, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 FB) + More +

  NOV 23 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BRAD ROBERTS, AIR FORCE, Sophomore, Fullback, Arvada, Colorado/Ralston Valley HS,...Led Air Force to a 28-0 victory over New Mexico, improving the Falcons to 2-2 (1-2 MW)...In just his second collegiate game, recorded career highs in rushing attempts (28), rushing yards (177) and rushing touchdowns (3)...The 177 rushing yards are the most by a Mountain West student-athlete this season and by an Air Force fullback since 2018...Nine of 28 attempts went for touchdowns or first downs...Had touchdowns of 5, 12 and 44 yards. - Mountain West Football

(DS#999 FB) So/2023 FB Brad RobertsAir Force
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  11/22/20 - Nolan LaufenbergSr/2021, Air Force, 6-3, 315 (DS#13 OG) + More +

  Air Force coach Troy Calhoun spent time as an NFL assistant, and while he couldn't speak to any team's specific evaluation plans this year, he would expect as a general rule that teams will be scouring film from 2019 and earlier as they set their draft boards. "This is going to have to be a year where you're going to go to other seasons, I think, for any prospect," Calhoun said. "There's some that you're going to be able to pull from this year. And hopefully there's going to be a good bit (to come)." In considering Laufenberg as an NFL prospect, Calhoun noted his movement, strength and power that he's developed in his lower body. His speed could make him suited for roles on special teams such as kickoff return or field goal as well, the coach noted. "There's upside, too," Calhoun said. "In a lot of ways, his best days, even physically, are in front of him." - Colorado Springs Gazette

(DS#13 OG) Sr/2021 OG Nolan LaufenbergAir Force
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  11/20/20 - Haaziq DanielsSo/2023, Air Force, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Brad Roberts rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns, Haaziq Daniels added 56 yards rushing and a score, and Air Force overcame three second-half turnovers to beat New Mexico 28-0 on Friday night. Air Force scored a touchdown on its first three possession of the game while New Mexico punted on three of its first four - along with a fumble. The Falcons fumbled it on three straight drives in the second half, but New Mexico followed each with a missed field goal. Roberts, in his second game with Air Force, had scoring runs of 5, 12 and 44 yards. Daniels scored from the 4, and also completed 4-of-5 passes for 66 yards. Air Force (2-2, 1-2 Mountain West) secured its first shutout in a conference game since the 2011 season - also against New Mexico. Trae Hall was 23 of 42 for 221 yards and an interception for New Mexico (0-4, 0-4). The Lobos missed field goals of 37, 40, 50 and 51 yards. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2023 QB Haaziq DanielsAir Force
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  Air Force quarterback Donald Hammond III is in the NCAA transfer portal, but that doesn't mean his fate is sealed at the academy. Hammond, expected to be among the top players in the Mountain West this season, lost his eligibility when he lost his good standing as a cadet during this past offseason. The move to enter the portal - first reported by Rivals.com - is an attempt to keep options open as his situation continues to develop. The portal was designed by the NCAA to bring transparency to the transfer process and empower student-athletes considering a move, but it does not mean a player must leave. Air Force basketball player A.J. Walker, for example, entered the portal this past spring but opted to stay. "I put my name in the transfer portal, and I'll see where everything goes from here," Hammond wrote on Twitter.

There would be hurdles to clear for Hammond to play elsewhere. Cadets become locked into a military commitment after beginning their junior year. They cannot voluntarily leave after that point, and those removed from the academy for violations as juniors and seniors are still expected to complete the military commitment as enlisted airmen and could be required to pay the cost of their education. Hammond took over as the starting quarterback for Air Force midway through his sophomore year. As a junior he led the team to a 12-1 record and a No. 21 final ranking by the Associated Press. He is the Falcons' career leader in passing efficiency (164.09) and his .750 winning percentage as a starter ranks third behind Blane Morgan and Bart Weiss in program history. - Colorado Springs Gazette


(DS#999 QB) Sr/2021 QB Donald Hammond IIIAir Force
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  10/25/20 - Brandon LewisJr/2022, Air Force, 5-09, 175 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Air Force football (1-1, 0-1 MW) dropped its Mountain West-opener at San Jose State (1-0, 1-0 MW), 17-6, Saturday night at CEFCU Stadium in San José, Calif. The Falcons had its nine game win streak, which was the second-longest in the nation, snapped in the process. Air Force struggled to get its offense going early, unable to get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. For the game, the Falcons racked up 206 yards on the ground and 298 yards of total offense. Wide receiver Brandon Lewis led the Falcons with six catches for 36 yards and tied for the team lead with 60 yards rushing on nine carries. Fullback Timothy Jackson also ran for 60 yards on 15 carries. Daniels led the Falcons through the air, going 9-of-17 for 92 yards. Patterson led Air Force receivers with 56 yards. Defensively, senior defensive back Elisha Palm led the Falcon defense with nine tackles and an interception. - Air Force Football

(DS#999 WR) Jr/2022 WR Brandon LewisAir Force
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  10/23/20 - Nolan LaufenbergSr/2021, Air Force, 6-3, 315 (DS#13 OG) + More +

  Air Force will be without preseason All-American offensive guard Nolan Laufenberg on Saturday as the result of COVID-19 contact tracing, The Gazette has learned. Laufenberg has not tested positive for the coronavirus, but his exposure through an academy class to a cadet who tested positive led to the protocols that will keep him from traveling to San Jose State. "To ensure the protection of cadet athletes' medical privacy, the academy will not comment on test results," an Air Force spokesman said. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Laufenberg, a Castle Rock native, was named a preseason second-team Walter Camp All-American this past summer and is on the Outland Trophy Watch List. On Tuesday the Mountain West released a video of the top five offensive linemen in the conference, and Laufenberg occupied the top spot. - Colorado Springs Gazette

(DS#13 OG) Sr/2021 OG Nolan LaufenbergAir Force
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  08/24/20 - Jordan JacksonSr/2021, Air Force, 6-5, 275 (DS#47 DE) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Jordan Jackson, Air Force,...Jackson was honorable mention all-Mountain West and a second-team all-Colorado selection by the National Football Foundation, Colorado chapter, in 2019. He recorded 38 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterbacks. Jackson leads all active Falcons in career tackles for loss with 17.0 and sacks with 8.0. The 2021 Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at the University of South Alabama, Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is TBA on the NFL Network. - Air Force Football

(DS#47 DE) Sr/2021 DE Jordan JacksonAir Force
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  08/22/20 - Nolan LaufenbergSr/2021, Air Force, 6-3, 315 (DS#13 OG) + More +

  The NCAA's decision to grant an extra year of eligibility for fall athletes will not impact Air Force cadet-athletes. Friday's ruling was intended to provide aid amid uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, with some teams choosing to play seasons and others postponing fall sports until the spring. This allows athletes an extra season of eligibility regardless of how many competitions their school is able to play during the 2020-21 school year.

At Air Force, however, cadets will still graduate in eight semesters and move on to active duty service, regardless of their NCAA eligibility status. The only athletes who would be impacted would be those granted specific medical turnbacks or other "stops" to their time for issues, such as family hardships, that would extend their time at the academy beyond the typical four-year framework. The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors also announced it would explore hosting scaled back fall championships in the spring, provided it could do so safely. That could impact Falcons sports such as volleyball, cross country and soccer. However, football's championships are handled by the College Football Playoff and not directly by the NCAA. - Colorado Springs Gazette


(DS#13 OG) Sr/2021 OG Nolan LaufenbergAir Force
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  07/28/20 - Nolan LaufenbergSr/2021, Air Force, 6-3, 315 (DS#13 OG) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Nolan Laufenberg, Air Force,...Laufenberg is the first Falcon to earn Walter Camp All-American honors since Carlton McDonald in 1992. He is the first Air Force offensive lineman to earn All-American honors since Brett Huyser earned fourth-team honors by The Sporting News in 2002. He's the first All-American at any position for the Falcons since safety Weston Steelhammer was named to multiple teams in 2016 and first on offense since all-purpose athlete Chad Hall in 2007.

Laufenberg earned first-team all-Mountain West and all-Colorado honors in 2019 after leading the team in knockdown blocks. He anchored an offensive line that led the conference and ranked second nationally in rushing with a 298.5 per-game average. The offensive line allowed just four sacks last season, the fewest in the nation. Air Force led the conference and ranked second nationally in third-down percentage with a 53.5 mark. The Falcons led the Mountain West and ranked second nationally in time of possession at 34:28 per game. - Air Force Football


(DS#13 OG) Sr/2021 OG Nolan LaufenbergAir Force
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  07/27/20 - Nolan LaufenbergSr/2021, Air Force, 6-3, 315 (DS#13 OG) + More +

  2020 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: G Nolan Laufenberg, Air Force,...Nolan Laufenberg and Parker Ferguson anchored an Air Force offensive line that led the conference and ranked second nationally in rushing in 2019 with a 298.5 per-game average. The offensive line allowed just four sacks last season, the fewest in the nation. Air Force led the conference and ranked second nationally in third-down percentage with a 53.5 mark and in time of possession at 34:28 per game. - Air Force Football

(DS#13 OG) Sr/2021 OG Nolan LaufenbergAir Force
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  07/27/20 - Parker FergusonSr/2021, Air Force, 6-5, 290 (DS#34 OT) + More +

  2020 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: OT Parker Ferguson, Air Force,...Nolan Laufenberg and Parker Ferguson anchored an Air Force offensive line that led the conference and ranked second nationally in rushing in 2019 with a 298.5 per-game average. The offensive line allowed just four sacks last season, the fewest in the nation. Air Force led the conference and ranked second nationally in third-down percentage with a 53.5 mark and in time of possession at 34:28 per game. - Air Force Football

(DS#34 OT) Sr/2021 OT Parker FergusonAir Force
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  07/24/20 - Nolan LaufenbergSr/2021, Air Force, 6-3, 315 (DS#13 OG) + More +

  Air Force placed three players on the preseason all-Mountain West team that was released Wednesday, its most since 2011. Offensive linemen Parker Ferguson and Nolan Laufenberg and linebacker Demonte Meeks were included on the team that had 12 players on offense, 12 on defense and four on special teams. The three selections for Air Force matches their preseason first-team picks from the past four seasons combined (Weston Steelhammer in 2016, Jordan Jackson and Jeremy Fejedelem in 2019). - Colorado Springs Gazette

(DS#13 OG) Sr/2021 OG Nolan LaufenbergAir Force
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