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Jon Lee knew the question before it was asked. After all, he’s been hearing it everywhere.
It seems everyone wants to know: Are you growing frustrated?
“Not yet,” he said. “It’s still early in the season.”
The use of the Air Force tailback has, at the least, been perplexing. Lee averaged 6.7 yards per carry over 99 attempts through his first two seasons and opened his junior campaign by ripping into Colgate for 130 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries.
Since then he has received just 10 carries and gained 32 yards in lopsided losses to Utah State and Boise State. In those two games, Air Force has run the ball 101 times.
The simple explanation is that the Falcons tried to open the passing game against the Aggies, then went to an option look against the Broncos that put the ultimate decision-making not in the hands of the coaching staff but with quarterback Jaleel Awini, who called his own number 23 times. Awini ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
“The Boise State defense was playing me,” Lee said. “They were playing the pitch, so it was right that Jaleel ran the ball. Different teams are going to bring different schemes.
“It will get better.”
Next game: vs. Wyoming, 8:15 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU)
Notable: Receiver Ty MacArthur suffered a concussion while blocking a Boise State linebacker and is questionable. Linebacker Spencer Proctor (broken right thumb) is expected to play this week. Defensive lineman Joseph Champaign (knee) is out, as is backup fullback Aaron Clinton-Earls.
— Brent Briggeman, The Gazette (Colorado Springs)