Oct 27, 2009 10:07 PM by Jordan Mason

Jefferson returns as Falcons starting QB

Air Force's Tim Jefferson is back as the main man at quarterback.

That's because Connor Dietz broke a bone in his right throwing hand Saturday against Utah.

"I don't think it's fate or anything," said Jefferson. "It's just really bad luck that both of us have to go down at two different times during the season."

Jefferson hasn't been at full strength since spraining his ankle five weeks ago against New Mexico. And today when Jordan Mason asked how healthy he is now, he wouldn't give a percentage. But he did say that he should be more like the Tim Jefferson who was Mountain West Freshman of the Year last season.

"Knowing that people are out there trying to tackle me and when they do tackle me, there's always that chance that my ankle might get rolled up the wrong way like it did before [sic]," said Jefferson. "That used to bug me, but not anymore."

"He's very close [to full strength], without a doubt," said Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun. "I think when you're that way, it helps you not only physically, but I think you play with a little more confidence, too."

That Tim Jefferson confidence may be exactly what the struggling air force offense needs.

"I'm ready to get back on the field, and just be me," said Jefferson.



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