College Football Preseason Rankings 2011: Air Force Flies Under Radar in AP Poll
The triple option offense can be lethal in college football if that team has a quarterback who can efficiently run it. Nation, meet Tim Jefferson of Air Force.
The Falcons may not get to use the same recruiting pool as everyone else but they’ve managed to get players who can be coached by some of the most underrated coaches in the country, defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt and head coach Troy Calhoun.
When Tim DeRuyter left to coach Texas A&M’s defense, where he took the Aggies from the giving up over 33 points per game to under 22 in just one season, Wallerstedt was promoted and he’s been able to keep the defense at the same level of play that his predecessor had.
The Falcons play in the Mountain West but still have to face three teams ranked in the top 16 in Notre Dame, TCU and Boise State. Notre Dame couldn’t handle Navy’s option last year and Boise State hasn’t played against the option in at least a decade.
If there is going to be a team to beat the Broncos on their turf this year, it’s Air Force with their triple option and fifth ranked pass defense which returns all but one starter in the secondary.
The Falcons don’t really both passing the ball but that’s fine with Jefferson running the show and running back Asher Clark directly behind him. Combine that with a lockdown defense and you’ve got a team poised to make a run for the Mountain West championship and an AP poll ranking.
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