Despite the NFL roots of it's head coach, change can't happen all at once, and you'll see much of the same offensive looks from the Air force offense as you have in prior seasons. The quarterback has the second most rushes on the team, and their wide receiver/wing-back leads the team in rushing. The Air Force offense has opened their game up a little this season. Through 10 games they have averaged 53.3 rushing attempts, 272.8 rushing yards per game, 16.4 passing attempts per game, and 122 passing yards per game. Last season the Falcon offense averaged 55.0 rushing attempts, 229.4 rushing yards per game, 12.2 passing attempts per game, and 101.2 passing yards per game.
Due to the changes in offense and the coaching staff, this was supposed to be a season of struggles for the Falcons. The reality is that they
are a better team than they were last season, which means that this game will be a difficult challenge for the Irish. Air Force has seven wins
against; South Carolina St, Utah, TCU, UNLV, Colorado State, Wyoming and Army. Air Force's three losses came against Navy, New Mexico and BYU.
Anticipated Depth Chart.
Shaun Carney (5-10, 190 pounds) is starting for his fourth straight year. He holds a number of records at Air force including passing touchdowns, passing yards, and total yardage. He is a solid passer in the Flacon system, and his experience as a starter will b e a challenge for the is Irish. As with most seasons, the Falcon quarterback will carry the ball as much as any running back. 104 rushing attempts for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns.4.0 yards per attempt and 41 yards per game.
Shea Smith (5-11, 190 pounds) is in the same mold as Carney, but he hasn't seen much time over his career, because Carney has cemented himself as the Falcon quarterback the last four seasons.
Ollis averages 5.4 yards per carry and 45.6 per game. He's been the back-up quarterback for the Falcon's. If you're a quarterback
for the Falcon's you obviously have experience running the football, so the transition to tailback isn't a big move for Ollis. He isn't overly
fast, but he knows the offense very well, and he'll get positive yardage on most plays. He has had some fumbling issues this season.
Senior Chad Smith might get the start against the Irish. He's missed most of the season with an ankle injury, but he returned for
some carries last weekend against Army. Smith is a solid back that will work for positive yardage.
Williams will get most of the work at fullback. In the re-tooled offense, Williams doesn't get near the number of carries as
fullbacks of the past, but he is effective when he does tote the ball. You probably won't see Williams in the passing game, he only has two
catches for 24 yards on the season, although he does have solid hands.
Chad Hall is listed on the depth chart as a wide receiver, but he also leads the Air Force in rushing with 1,122 yards in 160 rushing
attempts. He has 12 rushing touchdowns on the season. Hall averages
Root averages 14.5 yards pre reception, Root is the brother of former Notre Dame tight end Matt Root. Quintana averages 8.7 yards per reception.
Spencer Armstrong was one of their more dangerous receivers heading into the season, but he was injured early and has missed most of the season. He did make it back last weekend against Army where he caught two passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Spencer was third on the team in receiving last year.
Travis Dekker is the starter, but he suffered a concussion last week against Army and missed the entire second half. It is possible that he
will be back this weekend, but Madsen might see more playing time.Dekker is third on the team in receptions, and he averages, 14.3 yards per
catch. Keith Madsen averages 9.7 yards per reception.
Although this line is only retuning one guy, they are more effective than the unit was last season, which is a surprise. they were
expected to be the biggest weakness for the new coaching staff. With the line performing at the level that they are, it has made the small
changes in the offense much easier. Guenther is the only returning starter, but he's moved to center this season after playing right tackle. He's
a big, physical lineman that can hold his own on the inside against the Irish. Morris is the other guy that has really stepped up this season. He
was also the lineman with the most experience next to Guenther. Like Morris, Charles has the size to match up with the Notre Dame defense.
He's big and he likes to mix it up. The offensive tackles aren't bad, but they are the weak link up front. Williams recently moved over to the
offense, from the defensive line.
Anticipated Depth Chart.
Like most of the academies, Air Force doesn't have a lot of experienced depth up front, but this group is doing a pretty solid job
for their experience level. Ryan Kemp has the most tackles among the defensive linemen, and he's listed ninth overall in tackles on the team.
Kemp was expected to be the top guy this season and he hasn't let anyone down. Jared Marvin is too small to hold the middle in a '3-4', but he
certainly battles life and limb. Eventually he needs to rest and that is when there is a drop in performance. Ben Garland gets off the ball
very well for his size, and he battles like a player much bigger than he is.
Thomas is second on the team in tackles, and he has added 7.5 tackles for loss. He is another guy that has really stepped up their
play. Air Froce needed a guy that could come up and make plays around te line, and he has done just that. Bird is having a monster year, and he's
among the nation's leaders in interceptions. This group has experience and the only young guy in the group might be playing better than any of
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