Monday, May 30, 2011

Air Force Falcons: QB Tim Jefferson Looks to Improve Upon His 2010 Numbers

With BYU and Utah jumping ship from the Mountain West and TCU following them after the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Air Force Falcons look to be a player for the top spot this season and beyond.

One player who could make a huge impact on that goal is senior quarterback, Tim Jefferson, who will return for one more year with the Falcons to try and finally get his team over the hump.

It looked as if they had a great chance to do just that in 2010 after winning five of their first six games, their only loss coming on the road against the Oklahoma Sooners. Unfortunately for Jefferson and the Falcons, they couldn't match up with three of the conference's strongest teams-San Diego State, TCU, and Utah, losing each of those three games.

Tim Jefferson Jr. Quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. #7 of the Air Force Falcons looks to hand the ball off during a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Air Force won 35-20.
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Jefferson, at 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, he is more of a threat running the ball than he is throwing it. His speed is what allows the Falcons to run their option which become their bread and butter especially against Oklahoma. Even Sooner linebacker Travis Lewis was ready for Air Force to leave town.

“I never want to see this kind of offense again,” Lewis said after the Sooners' three-point win over Air Force. “I love Coach Stoops and the way he schedules our non-conference, the tough ones. But not this one.”

Jefferson finished the 2010 season with 15 rushing touchdowns and became a dangerous rushing option in Air Force's offense. Though his arm strength might be a question, Jefferson showed a few times last season that he was able to step up and deliver a touchdown pass when he needed to.

With his senior season coming up and one last chance to prove himself to pro scouts who will most definitely be watching his progress, Jefferson has something to prove not only to them but to the Mountain West Conference as well.

He has improved in each of his last three seasons as a passer going and has stayed away from opposing defenses, allowing himself to be sacked just five times last season, his second lowest total in his career.

Though there are a few other names people will be watching, do not take your eyes away from this senior quarterback. He just might surprise you.

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