Day back from Academy

James Day, a 6-0, 200-pound running back/safety prospect from Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View just recently returned from an official visit to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Falcons didn't disappoint. They trounced BYU 52-9 and Day learned some valuable lessons about playing a unique style of football.

"Air Force was great," Day told "Everything I expected from an academy of that stature. No doubt in my mind that Air Force is one of the most powerful offenses in the nation. Air Force was strongly out sized in their Saturday night battle with BYU, however size doesn't make up for lack of speed. Talking with the cadets they said the same thing. It was great to talk with Chance (Harridge) and Coach (Fisher) Deberry. The winning attitude is evident in Colorado Springs."

Heading into the trip, James expressed a bit of trepidation, not knowing what to expect from academy life. It appears his fears were allayed. "As for the Academy itself, I can picture myself going to such a place," he said. "The school commitment is a great feature. Playing football is just the bonus. While Pac 10 schools might think I'm to small, the skill position players at Air Force were smaller than me. If I had to take away one thing from my trip it would be that speed, and a will to win, outmatches any size. I only wish I could be there this weekend as the Falcons take on Notre Dame. It should be a great game.

As the recruiting is finishing up, Air Force, Washington State,Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Portland State are all at the top of Day's list. As for offers, James said that if no offers come about on the west side of the mountains, he'll have no trouble playing for an academy who is undefeated and ranked in the top 15.

Day's hamstring his been bothering him a bit, but it wasn't anything a week of rest couldn't cure. "The hamstring is feeling great," he said. "Our coaches wanted to keep me out as much as possible for our past two games due to lack of competition, however I opened from my injury with two touchdowns on 4 carries in the first half of my first game back. As for the defensive side of the ball, I've been moved around a lot depending on the need of the team. First from a safety to nose to outside backer to d-end were I earned all league last year. Now they have me back playing a linebacker rover to a D-end. Wherever they need me is fine as long as we are winning."

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