2019 Air Force Falcons Football Team
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2019 Air Force Falcons Football Team
2019 Air Force Falcons football
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Cheez-It Bowl champion
ConferenceMountain West Conference
DivisionMountain Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 23
APNo. 22
2019 record11-2 (7-1 MW)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMike Thiessen (9th season as OC, 12th overall season)
Offensive schemeTriple option
Defensive coordinatorJohn Rudzinski (2nd season as DC, 9th overall season)
Base defense3-4
CaptainJeremy Fejedelem
Mosese Fifita
Donald Hammond III
Scott Hattok
Jordan Jackson
Kyle Johnson
Home stadiumFalcon Stadium
(Capacity: 46,692)
Uniform
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Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 23 Boise State xy$   8 0         12 2  
No. 22 Air Force   7 1         11 2  
Utah State   6 2         7 6  
Wyoming   4 4         8 5  
Colorado State   3 5         4 8  
New Mexico   0 8         2 10  
West Division
Hawaii xy   5 3         10 5  
San Diego State x   5 3         10 3  
Nevada   4 4         7 6  
San Jose State   2 6         5 7  
UNLV   2 6         4 8  
Fresno State   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Boise State 31, Hawaii 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 Air Force Falcons football team represented the United States Air Force Academy in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Falcons were led by thirteenth-year head coach Troy Calhoun and played their home games at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They competed as members of the Mountain West Conference in the Mountain Division. They finished the season 11-2, 7-1 in Mountain West play to finish in second place in the Mountain Division. Following the season they were invited to the Cheez-It Bowl where they defeated Washington State by a score of 31-21. The 2019 Falcons' 11 wins were the most in a single season under head coach Troy Calhoun, their third 10+ win season during his tenure, their eighth in program history, and the most wins achieved in a single season since the 1998 team who finished ranked #13 in the AP Poll and #10 in the Coaches' Poll with a record of 12-1.

Previous season

The Falcons finished the 2018 season 5-7, 3-5 in Mountain West play to finish in fourth place in the Mountain Division.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Wuerffel Trophy[1] Isaiah Sanders QB SR
Polynesian College Football Player of the Year[2] Mosese Fifita DL SR

Mountain West media days

The Mountain West media days were held from July 23-24, 2019 at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV.

Media poll

The preseason poll was released at the Mountain West media days on July 23, 2019. The Falcons were predicted to finish in third place in the MW Mountain Division.[3]

Mountain
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Boise State 120 (15)
2 Utah State 108 (6)
3 Air Force 73
4 Wyoming 66
5 Colorado State 52
6 New Mexico 22
West
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Fresno State 122 (17)
2 San Diego State 106 (3)
3 Nevada 74
4 Hawaii 67 (1)
5 UNLV 51
6 San Jose State 21

Preseason All-Mountain West Team

The Falcons had two players selected to the preseason All-Mountain West Team, both from the defensive side of the ball.[4]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 311:30 p.m.Colgate*ESPN3W 48-733,101
September 1411:00 a.m.at Colorado*P12NW 30-23 OT49,282
September 207:00 p.m.at No. 20 Boise StateESPN2L 19-3036,498
September 276:00 p.m.San Jose State
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
CBSSNW 41-2424,786
October 51:30 p.m.at Navy*CBSSNL 25-3437,957
October 125:00 p.m.Fresno State
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
CBSSNW 43-2422,544
October 199:00 p.m.at HawaiiCBSSNW 56-2623,757
October 268:15 p.m.Utah State
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
ESPN2W 31-719,248
November 21:30 p.m.Army*
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO (Commander-in-Chief's Trophy)
CBSSNW 17-1341,401
November 165:00 p.m.at Colorado StateESPN2W 38-21 24,914
November 23[a]12:00 p.m.at New MexicoESPN3W 44-22 13,844
November 3012:00 p.m.Wyoming
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
Stadium on FacebookW 20-6 21,425
December 278:15 p.m.vs. Washington State*ESPNW 31-21 34,105

Source:[5][6]

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position First year position First year Air Force Alma Mater
Troy Calhoun Head Coach 2007 20071 Air Force (1989)
Offensive staff
Mike Thiessen Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks 2014 / 2015 2004 Air Force (2001)
Jake Campbell Offensive Backs 2012 20122 Air Force (1996)
Ari Confesor Wide Receivers 2019 2019 Holy Cross (2004)
Jordan Eason Asst. Offensive Line 2018 2016 Air Force (2013)
Steed Lobotzke Offensive Line 2016 20153 Air Force (1992)
Ben Miller Running Backs / Special Teams Coordinator 2012 / 2010 20074 Air Force (2002)
Jonathan Wallace Tight Ends 2019 2019 Auburn (2015)
Defensive staff
John Rudzinski Defensive Coordinator / Secondary 2018 / 2015 20105 Air Force (2005)
Terrance Jamison Defensive Line 2019 2019 Wisconsin (2009)
Brian Knorr Outside Linebackers 2019 20186 Air Force (1986)
Alex Means Asst. Defensive Line 2018 20177 Air Force (2013)
Capt. Andre Morris Defensive Asst. 2019 20178 Air Force (2011)
Ron Vanderlinden Inside Linebackers 2014 2014 Albion (1978)
Chip Vaughn Secondary 2018 2018 Wake Forest (2009)
Strength and conditioning staff
Matt McGettigan Head Football Strength & Conditioning 2007 2007 Luther (Iowa) (1987)
Support staff
Steve Senn Director of Recruiting 2017 20079 Air Force (1990)
Col. Meg Martin NCAA Faculty Representative
Maj. Leotis Palmer Administrative Assistant
Kyra Shea Office Manager
Chris Miller Video Operations
Mitch Browning Recruiting Support
Jess Souza Associate A.D., Events
Dan Siermine Associate A.D., Equipment
Darren Hain Equipment Manager
Casey Green Stadium Manager
Jeff Cosky Football Operations
Jerry McGinty Human Performance
Ernie Sadelmyer Athletic Training
Erik Kozlowski Athletic Training
Mark Peters Athletic Training
Derek Fitts Athletic Training
Jessica Achatz Athletic Training
Jack Braley Athletic Training
  1. Troy Calhoun also served as a graduate assistant in 1989 and assistant coach for the varsity and junior varsity teams from 1993 to 1994 at Air Force.
  2. Jake Campbell also served as a graduate assistant at the Air Force Prep School in 1996.
  3. Steed Lobotzke also served as a graduate assistant at Air Force in 1993.
  4. Ben Miller also served as a graduate assistant at Air Force from 2002 to 2003.
  5. John Rudzinski also served as a graduate assistant at Air Force from 2005 to 2007.
  6. Brian Knorr also served as an assistant coach for the varsity and junior varsity teams from 1992 to 1994 and as a linebackers/safeties/assistant head coach from 2005 to 2007 at Air Force.
  7. Alex Means also served as a graduate assistant at Air Force in 2014.
  8. Capt. Andre Morris also served as a graduate assistant at Air Force in 2011.
  9. Steve Senn also served as a graduate assistant at Air Force in 1991.
Source:[7]

Roster

The Air Force football roster prior to 2019 fall camp (as of July 17, 2019):[8]

(please note that the Air Force football team rarely lists freshman players on their official roster)

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 24 22
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR RV NR NR NR RV RV RV RV RV 25 24 23
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summaries

Colgate

Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 2013 W 38-13

at Colorado

Overall record Last meeting Result
4-12 1974 L 27-28

at Boise State

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-4 2018 L 38-48

San Jose State

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-1 2016 W 41-38

at Navy

Overall record Last meeting Result
30-21 2018 W 35-7

Fresno State

Overall record Last meeting Result
6-3 2016 W 31-21

at Hawaii

Overall record Last meeting Result
13-7-1 2016 L 27-34

Utah State

Overall record Last meeting Result
4-3 2018 L 32-42

Army

Overall record Last meeting Result
36-16-1 2018 L 14-17

at Colorado State

Overall record Last meeting Result
35-21-1 2018 W 27-19

at New Mexico

Overall record Last meeting Result
22-14 2018 W 42-24

Wyoming

Overall record Last meeting Result
28-26-3 2018 L 27-35

vs. Washington State - Cheez-It Bowl

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Source for Match-up Records:[61]

Notes

  1. ^ The game between Air Force and New Mexico, originally scheduled for November 9, was rescheduled to November 23 due to the death of New Mexico player Nahje Flowers.

References

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  2. ^ "2019 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List". August 6, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
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