Texas Ties Run Deep for Many on Falcon Roster

Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun windows media audio file from Wednesday - D26CALHOUN

Air Force Quarterback Connor Dietz windows media audio file from Wednesday - D26DIETZ

Air Force Linebacker Alex Means windows media audio file from Wednesday - D26MEANS

By Ron Richards, www.armedforcesbowl.com

It’s no secret that the world of Texas high school football provides a significant number of players who go on to play at the next level. College football rosters throughout the country are populated with young men who spent their prep gridiron days in the Lone Star state.

The Air Force roster is no exception.

Looking over the Falcon list of players for Saturday’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, you find 18 of the 71 players – one in four – are Texans. When you dig further, you discover that the depth chart is littered with Texans – 14 of the 18 are either starters or second-team for the Falcons.

It makes playing in the Armed Forces Bowl a special moment in the careers of those individuals, since they are back on home turf. Beyond that, it’s a great opportunity for Falcon coach Troy Calhoun and his staff to make their case for Texas players to join the Falcons for their college education, play football in Colorado Springs and then go on to serve their country as a member of the military.

“This (the Armed Forces Bowl) is a great opportunity for us,” Calhoun said. “Bowls in general – and the Armed Forces Bowl in particular – help us to effectively reach out to many young men we are trying to convince to come to the Air Force Academy.

Air Force has been in bowl games in each of Calhoun’s six seasons at the helm of the Falcon program. Including this year’s contest against Rice, four of those appearances have been in Fort Worth’s Armed Forces Bowl.