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Air Force is flying high with deep ball passes

Air Force is flying high with deep ball passes

Historically, an Air Force receiver gaining separation running a deep pattern hopes the Falcons’ quarterback can get him the ball. After all, triple-option quarterbacks play the position for their legs and instincts, not their arm. This year is different. Arm strength is the...

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Imagine the number of impressive future officers Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo has guided as football players and observed as leaders the past 12 years as the Midshipmen’s head coach.Each year he has a roster of 100-some players cycling through toward graduation. Then, factor in...

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

In sports, there’s old school and new school. Most people fall on one side or the other, but Connor Slomka is both -- an old-school warrior and new-age athlete. Warrior is a term thrown around too loosely in sports, but it applies to cadets training to be officers in the military...

Army ghost of Patton appeared at halftime

Army ghost of Patton appeared at halftime

The last time we saw Army coach Jeff Monken on TV was two weeks ago in a halftime sideline interview with CBS’s Tina Cervasio. He was angry over Black Knights’ play and said he planned to let them know it in the locker room. It was as if the ghost of World War II hero Gen....

Birdow is soaring with Falcons at Air Force

Birdow is soaring with Falcons at Air Force

Teven Birdow was 5-years-old when his father was sentenced to prison for a home invasion case in Oklahoma City. That left Teven set up for failure, like many American youths trapped into such circumstances, but his mother started him on another path. Jamie Rodrigues went without...

Nash Rambler traveling Navy defensive road

Nash Rambler traveling Navy defensive road

As Navy’s Elan Nash answered a question detailing how the senior safety managed to come off the bench to lead his team in tackles, he sounded “Belichickian,” meaning the New England Patriots’ vaunted head coach. That’s not necessarily hyperbole.After all, Bill Belichick has...

CJ Williams and unique family path to Navy

CJ Williams and unique family path to Navy

A Navy, Army and Air Force player often follows a family member to the one of the service academies, but C.J. Williams’ football path to Navy had a roundabout twist. His older brother L.G. Williams led him to Navy … without attending Annapolis.L.G was recruited by Navy as a...

Walker reaching his finish line as game changer

Walker reaching his finish line as game changer

“I didn’t think the military was for me when I was recruited, but I’m fortunate I came here. My family situation was a broken home. I came from poverty. When I visited on my recruiting trip, I saw the brotherhood. I saw I could earn a degree and have a better life for myself and...

Riley doubles down on best of both lives

Riley doubles down on best of both lives

 cornerback that helped Army nearly slay the Michigan giant might someday be – to borrow from the late Bo Schembechler’s beloved phrase — an NFL Man. The League has always been Elijah Riley’s goal, even as he committed to West Point.Usually, a high school recruit dreaming of...

West Point offered them more than football

West Point offered them more than football

Kelvin Hopkins Jr. traversed Fort Bragg’s rugged fields and wooded sandhills his early summer days out of school under a hot North Carolina sun. He shadowed a lieutenant and his paratroopers, combat-ready solders trained to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours from the...