By JAKE SCHALLER, THE GAZETTE
Who stood out: Senior quarterback Shaun Carney.
He just looks sharp. There’s a zip on his passes, he’s seems to have good timing with his receivers and Thursday he delivered a bunch of balls on the money in traffic.
One thing about which I was curious: With Air Force planning to throw the ball more this year, and thus needing to practice throwing the ball more, does coach Troy Calhoun monitor the amount of passes Carney throws?
I asked coach after practice.
“To a degree,” Calhoun said. “I would if we were practicing for two-and-a-half or three hours. We’re so condensed in the amount of practice time we have that I don’t think we have to. The other part is you don’t have a lot of two-a-days. When you have two-a-days, you get concerned with certain guys where they’ll start to feel something in their elbow or shoulder or something like that. That’s really not a factor here.”
Carney said his arm has felt fine.
“I’ve had pretty good rest the past three years,” he said, laughing. “I think (my arm) is ready to go.”
Lasting image: Senior tailback Chad Smith sitting on a cart, holding crutches, his right knee bandaged. Smith had surgery on the knee earlier in the day. He said it went well and he could be back in a month. But it’s a setback both for the team and Smith, who entered the preseason listed as the Falcons’ top tailback.
Coach’s quote: “Tell you what we’ve got to do – we’ve got to get the alumni around here to build us a (practice) bubble. And I’m one of the alums, so I guess I better ante up too.” – Calhoun, after having to move into the Falcons’ indoor facility (which doesn’t house a full football field) late in practice yesterday due to an approaching storm.