By Ron Richards, www.armedforcesbowl.com
Take a break from studying and you typically go for a walk. Maybe watch a little television or listen to some music. Perhaps grab something to eat.
In Colorado Springs this week, the Air Force Academy football team’s collective focus has been on its studies as the Falcons prepare for – and take – finals as their academic term winds down.
While the Air Force footballers may grab a snack or step away from their dorm room or the library for a short respite, one of their most-welcomed breaks came Sunday when they headed down the hill to the football practice field, strapped on their helmets and went through a brisk workout as they prepare to face the Rice University Owls in December 29’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
For the Falcons, the focus on the ‘student’ part of being an NCAA ‘student-athlete’ comes with the territory. In fact, having an academic load of 18-20 hours is a pretty common occurrence on the campus northeast of Pikes Peak. Add that to a demanding football regime and the life of a cadet leaves little time for much else.
The Falcons have able to spend the bulk of their time focused on academics since their regular season ended November 24. That break has allowed Air Force players who were battling injuries to heal up and its appears the Falcons will be approaching full strength a week from Saturday when they take the field of Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.