Aug 3, 2010 12:54 AM by Lee Douglas

Falcons kickoff football practice

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun was so excited about the first day of Air Force football practice he woke up at 3:30 a.m. on Monday. He said, "You don't need your alarm clock. You don't need the sun to wake you up. You don't need the blue horizon."

The Falcons return 10 starters to an 8-5 team that upset Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl last season. Air Force is again picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West Conference but some believe this could be the year they break into the top-3.

By all indications the season's first practice went well on Monday morning. Everybody seemed happy to be back.

Cornerback Anthony Wright told News First 5 Sports Director Lee Douglas, "It's great to be back. Everybody every since last year wanted to get back on the field. Now it's finally here."

Calhoun said, "It's been awhile since we've been out as a team -- since basically the middle of March. There are some areas where we are really sluggish and rusty and yet that's not a surprise. What can't be a surprise is here in about ten days if we're still that way."

The Falcons open the season on September 4 at home against Northwestern State.




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