We’re less than one week away from fall practices and the beginning of a new era of Air Force football. So this is as good a time as any to begin a new era of The Gazette’s coverage of the Falcons.
Welcome to the Air Force sports blog. This is the first entry in what I hope will be an informative and fun place for those following the Falcons to check on a daily basis. It will include quick updates from practices and games, notes that didn’t quite make the paper due to space limitations, and observations from fall camp, the press box and the road.
Like this: I just returned from a visit to Jack’s Valley, an area on the north side of the academy grounds where incoming freshmen spend the more physically grueling portion of basic training. The visit will provide much of the material for a story I will be writing for the paper, but I thought I’d pass along some observations about two incoming athletes I met.
One, Phillip Brown – who former men’s basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik called “a very big-time recruit” – most definitely passes the eye test. He’s all of 6-foot-6, has long arms and, judging by the way he went through the obstacle course at Jack’s Valley, is extremely athletic.
Two, Mike Martinovich should challenge for a spot on the football team’s travel roster. Though he is entering the academy directly without going to the prep school (like Brown), he already has the size – 6-4, 237. He too looked impressive on the course.