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Army fullback Kemper blocking obstacles

Army fullback Kemper blocking obstacles

A day before Army West Point’s Aaron Kemper took the field for the Black Knights’ second fall camp scrimmage on Saturday, he explained the conundrum high school backs face in the transition to college.You can’t carry the ball unless you’re on the field. And if you can’t...

Ruechell and Air Force linemen ready to roll

Ruechell and Air Force linemen ready to roll

Anytime Air Force enters a season with an inexperienced offensive line, it adds to the size disadvantage the Falcons already face in the trenches. Those obstacles confronted Air Force last year following a 2-10 record in 2013.It didn’t matter – the Falcons finished 10-3 with a...

Robinette is soaring Air Force passing game to rare altitudes

Robinette is soaring Air Force passing game to rare altitudes

A time-honored test for high school football coaches to find linemen is to watch for nimble feet on big kids playing basketball in gym class.Well, in the era of the spread passing game offense, Air Force’s football coaches took that method to another dimension while they...

Former QB provides TE balance for Army West Point

Former QB provides TE balance for Army West Point

Army West Point opened another fall camp seeking a leader to provide some balance to its triple-option offense. In other words, the Black Knights are again unsettled at quarterback.And it’s no coincidence Army is trying to snap streaks of five years without a winning season or...

Walters accepts West Point challenge

Walters accepts West Point challenge

Blake Walters’ busy high school career established broad options for a promising college future. He graduated at the top of his class and earned eight varsity letters as a quarterback and pitcher at Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage. The destination he chose is the U.S. Military...

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Air Force assistant football coach John Rudzinski grew up under two strict rules in Green Bay, Wis., before he left home for the Air Force Academy. But the guidelines were unrelated to military academy preparation.His father, former Green Bay Packers and Michigan State...

Hillside teammates at Navy and JMU give back

Hillside teammates at Navy and JMU give back

DURHAM, N.C. -- Myer Krah and Vad Lee, Durham Hillside teammates and long-time friends, shared a heartfelt desire to pay back their community for a high school experience they say launched their promising futures.Krah, a Navy outside linebacker, and Lee, a James Madison...

Honoring veterans and school volunteers

Honoring veterans and school volunteers

Memorial Day is a good time to remember one of my favorite stories in my career. I wrote it on U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard in 1992. The chance to be in the presence of a Medal of Honor recipient with his medal was inspiring. In 1998, the Navy named a destroyer...

Remembering Jerry Coleman on Memorial Day weekend

Remembering Jerry Coleman on Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is a time to honor those that died serving their country, but the weekend also is a good time to remember Marine Corps pilot Jerry Coleman, the only Major League Baseball veteran to fly combat missions in World War II and Korea.If you're thinking I'm...

West Point opportunity spans generations and wars

West Point opportunity spans generations and wars

Captain Mike Krzyzewski (U.S. Army retired) and Army West Point plebe Ahmad Bradshaw are separated by a couple generations and wars spanning decades, but the past and present Black Knights share more in common than their Chicago roots. Someone convinced them...