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Time to catch up on other MWC teams

First Published Aug 27 2014 10:19AM      Last Updated Aug 27 2014 10:19 am

Each week the beat writers who cover Mountain West teams compile a notebook that is shared among the writers.

Here is this week's installment for the fans out there who go by the philosophy of "know thy enemy."

AIR FORCE

Air Force will enter this week's opener with 10 returning starters who combined for 56 starts last season. And that's just among guys on the second team.

The projected starting lineup for Saturday's game against Nicholls State includes another 15 players who have previously started. Another four players with starting experience didn't even appear on the depth chart.

In short, the Falcons are coming off a 2-10 season that left them humbled and loaded with players who have seen game action.

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p class="TEXT_w_Indent">To build upon that, Air Force kept reps fairly even through fall camp, with each of the first teams running more than 800 snaps in 11-on-11 situations.

"We did give a bunch of reps to our 3s this year, probably more than we have in the past," coach Troy Calhoun said. "Because of that, I think we've developed better depth on our football team."

Depth was a major issue last year, as the Falcons went through four starting quarterbacks and used eight starters at three defensive line positions.

Season opener: vs. Nicholls State, noon MT Saturday, ESPN3

Notable: DE Alex Hansen has missed a week of practice with a shoulder strain, but the team believes he will be ready by Saturday. ... RB Devin Rushing suffered a grade 2 ankle sprain early in camp but appears to be back to full speed. He's listed at No. 2 on the depth chart after entering August as the starter. ... Senior QB Kale Pearson has been named the starter, though he is actually the least experienced of the top three at that position as junior Karson Roberts and sophomore Nate Romine each started multiple games last year after Pearson was injured in the first half of the season opener.

- Brent Briggeman, The Gazette

BOISE STATE

Opposing coaches used to look at Boise State's roster and get jealous of one letter: R, for redshirt.

But in recent years, the Broncos have started relying more on true freshmen and less on the fifth-year seniors that were the driving force behind the 2007 Fiesta Bowl championship team.

First-year coach Bryan Harsin is trying to reverse that trend this season.

 

 

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