Team preview: Air Force

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2008 Air Force Falcons, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: June 30, 2008
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Troy Calhoun was hired to breathe life into an Air Force football program that stagnated in the final years of coach Fisher DeBerry's tenure. As an Academy alum with an NFL pedigree, Calhoun seemed a good fit from the start, but only the most optimistic fans envisioned the success he enjoyed in his first season at Air Force.

Calhoun inherited a team that hadn't had a winning record since 2003 and returned just 10 positional starters. All Calhoun did was lead the team to the nation's third largest turnaround in 2007.

Air Force went from 4-8 in 2006 to 9-4 and an appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl last season. The five-win improvement was surpassed only by BCS participants Illinois and Kansas.