Jul 31, 2014 10:35 PM by Greg Smith
It's been a long off-season for Air Force football, but today, they can finally put that dismal, 2-win season behind them, in the first day of 2014 fall practice.
"It was the first day, and more than anything else, it's just trying to get back in the groove," said head coach Troy Calhoun. "I do think you can tell our guys have done very, very good work in the off-season."
It's an extra special first day back for Kale Pearson. Last year's starting quarterback coming out of camp tore his ACL in the opening game. Thursday was the first day he'd practiced with the team in nearly a year.
"Really fun, I mean, today's the most fun I've had in a long time actually," said Pearson. "Being back with the guys, there's no better feeling."
A bulky brace looks to be the only side effect. He says he's 100% and the coaches are ready to turn him loose.
"Oh, I'm not tentative at all," said Pearson. "It's been so long, that I told myself 'You got to come out, and you got to give it all you got, right off the get-go,' and I feel normal.
"Life's too short, and truly, the chance to play college football goes by too quickly too," said Calhoun. "If there's anybody that knows that, he knows it quite well after what he experienced last year. No way, pin your ears back and go while you can."
The Falcons start their new slate of games August 30th at home against Nicholls State.