Falcons Offense Update and Notables
The Air Force offense has been solid so far in this young season led by their dual threat quarterback. The Falcons are currently ranked 28th in points per game and 45th in yards gained per game. As expected with the triple option, the Falcons are one of the lowest passing teams in terms of yards per game but rank 2nd in offense in rushing yards in the same metric. It should be noted that Air Force has only faced an FCS team and Colorado ranks 117th in the country in defense.
1) Donald Hammond III, junior quarterback
Hammond III is a prototypical triple-option offense and has been a stalwart leader for Air Force. Hammond III has thrown for 155 yards on 13 attempts with a 58% completion percentage for the year. Hammond III also has 2 touchdowns against 1 interception.
While those numbers do not stand out, within the triple-option most of Hammond III’s passes have been deep shots and Hammond III is averaging 12.5 yards per attempt. As expected Hammond III is a capable runner and has racked up 48 yards on 11 attempts to go along with 4 rushing touchdowns.
2) Kadin Remsberg, junior running back
After being primarily a backup last season, Remsberg has moved into the primary running back role this year. Remsberg has 208 yards on 32 attempts for 6.5 yards per carry and 3 rushing touchdowns. While Remsberg has no receptions this season, he did haul in 6 catches including a touchdown last season.
2) Geraud Sanders, senior wide receiver
Yes, Air Force does not throw the ball frequently but Sanders does have the size and speed to be a credible receiving threat Sanders is the leading receiver for the Falcons, snagging 5 of the 8 Falcon pass completions this season. Sanders is a senior and has 527 receiving yards on 28 catches to go along with 4 touchdowns for his career. Sanders will be needed to stretch the Broncos defense to give the triple-option room to operate.
Falcons Defense Update and Notables
Air Force’s defense has been tough in this young season. The Falcons are in the top 10 in yards allowed per game and have been especially tough against the pass. Additionally, Air Force has recovered 3 turnovers for the year.
1) Jordan Jackson, junior defensive tackle
Jackson is a big athlete at 6 foot 5 and 270 pounds and is a returning all-conference 2nd team selection. Jackson has been quiet so far this year with only 3 tackles so far but will be needed to put pressure on Boise State’s struggling offensive line.
2) Milton Bugg III, junior cornerback
Bugg III is a talented cornerback and has already snagged 2 interceptions this year. Bugg III has 30 tackles for his career and will be counted upon to line up against the Broncos best wide receivers.
3) Jeremy Fejedelem, junior safety
The senior leader of this defense, Fejedelem does a bit of everything as the last line of defense for the Falcons. Fejedelem has 1.5 sacks during this season and reeled in 3 interceptions last year. Fejedelem has notched 154 tackles for his career.
Broncos Offense Update and Notables
Boise State has replaced their 4-year starting quarterback and superstar running back and now have true freshmen leading the team both passing and rushing. The Broncos are 19th in total yards gained however Boise State has had some trouble finding the end zone after long drives. Boise State comes in at 66th in points scored. Boise State’s passing attack ranks in the top ten in yards gained and their rushing attack finds itself in the middle of the pack.
1) Hank Bachmeier, freshman quarterback
The true freshman won the Broncos quarterback battle and has impressed with his play so far. Bachmeier ranks 10th in the FBS in yards gained for the year and has shown toughness and grit that is generally not seen from freshmen. Bachmeier has taken a tremendous amount of hits this year as Boise State’s offensive line works through injuries and Bachmeier has also been criticized for holding the ball too long at times and leaves himself open to hits from the defense. Bachmeier has 927 yards on 110 attempts on a 62% completion percentage with 4 touchdowns against 3 interceptions.
2) Robert Mahone, junior running back
While true freshman George Holani leads the team in rushing yards, Mahone will likely be expected to take majority of the snaps against Air Force. Mahone was a backup to Alexander Mattison the last 2 years but exploded in the season opener against Florida State with 169 total yards and 2 touchdowns. A shoulder injury has limited Mahone in the last 2 contests but if Mahone is healthy, he will need to be a steady hand for the Broncos offense to keep the Falcons off the field as much as possible.
2) Khalil Shakir, sophomore wide receiver
Shakir is was a highly touted recruit who contributed immediately last season in a limited role in 10 games. This year appears to have the makings of a breakout campaign for Shakir. Through the first 3 games, Shakir has caught 17 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. Shakir has 16 rushing attempts for his career and will likely be in motion and used in several various roles against Air Force.