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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Air Force Falcons 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Air Force Falcons.

Kicker: Briceton Cannada, senior (Dublin, GA / Dublin HS)
2012: 50 kickoffs, 59.8 yard average, 25 touchbacks
"Most of the offseason has been focused on getting stronger. For me personally I'm coming off of shoulder surgery from a tackle at the end of the season. So I've had to do a lot of rehab while staying focused on getting stronger in the weight room. My personal goals for the coming season are to win the field goal spot and increase my touchback percentage on kickoffs."
Kicker: Will Conant, junior (Edmond, OK / Edmond Memorial HS)
Competing with the other two kickers to replace 2012 kicker Parker Harrington who graduated.
Kicker: Drew Oehrle, sophomore (Indianapolis, IN / Roncalli High School)
"In the offseason we obviously had spring ball which is where a lot of moves are made and underclassmen get there shot to prove themselves. Now in the offseason we have lift/run 4 times a week. Plus any kicking I want to get in on my own which is about 3 times a week. Besides all the football training we do, we have military duties. All of the players in my class just went a 3 week program called ESET which is a survival course where we shot assault rifles, went through simulated villages in fire teams, and finally 5 days in the woods surviving and evading with no food. Must of us are home on our three week leave period now but will be returning to school on July 13th. Where I will be taking a 3 week summer class and going back to 4 days a week in the weight room."
Kicker: Dillon Duarte, junior (Tomball TX / Tomball HS)
Dillon previously kicked for the Air Force JV team. He could be in the mix for the varsity squad depending upon his recovery and rehab from shoulder surgery.
Punter: David Baska, senior (Overland Park, KS / St. Thomas Aquinas)
Returning starter, who also plays for the baseball team, will compete to retain his job.
2012: 40 punts, 39.2 yard average, long of 71 yards, 11 inside the 20 yard line
Punter: Zach Hoffman, senior (Frazier Park, CA / Thousand Oaks HS)
Will challenge for the starting punter job.
2012: 4 kickoffs, 50.0 yard average
Long snapper: Harrison Elliott, junior (Roswell, GA / Roswell HS)
"Our off seasons are quite busy. Between taking 18-21 credit hours of class, mandatory PE class, and our military duties, we fit our team workouts in, including special teams practices. Over the summer, I'll get 3 weeks at home, 3 weeks to job shadow a military base, and 3 weeks to work basic training for the incoming class of new cadets. My goals and plans are honestly pretty high, but I know we can achieve them. We have enough talent to have the top special teams unit in the nation if we can perform the way we should. That's not to sound cocky by any means, but I truly believe our special teams have the weapons necessary to do it. I've been putting on a little weight to help me be the best I can be come season. (Currently about 238) but our team goal is to win the mountain west, as it should be. We believe we can do it if we work as a team and put our hearts out on the field."
Long snapper: Kevin Carrington, senior (Valencia, CA / Valencia HS)

Long snapper: Tyler Shirley, freshman (James River High School)
"Shirley worked out last summer for several Division I football programs, including Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. James Madison University and Old Dominion also expressed interest in him. But while all of those schools were glad to have Shirley as a walk-on, nobody was willing to offer a scholarship for a freshman long snapper.... That changed when the Air Force Academy offered Shirley a scholarship in December. Suddenly, he had to decide whether he was willing to serve a multiyear, post-graduate military commitment in exchange for a free college education. Shirley acknowledged that he had never really imagined himself at a military school. But after visiting the campus, he knew it was best for his future. 'I’ll be proud to serve my country,' he said."

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