The Air Force Academy said wide receiver Jalen Robinette didn't graduate with his class after the cadet's qualifications were called into question.
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Air Force linebacker Ryan Watson was invited to the Cardinals' rookie minicamp as a tryout player even though he won't be allowed to pursue a pro career for two years.
The Pentagon announced Monday that the military service academies will not approve requests to waive active-duty commitments for players selected in a professional-sport draft.
Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer
Personally, I think it would be a great thing if the Broncos used their final pick of the day, and the draft's final pick, to select Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette no matter if Robinette can, or can't, receive a waiver to play in 2017. They could place him on reserve/military and wait. Think that works for everybody and if Robinette is allowed to play in the upcoming season the Broncos get a quality developmental player.
Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette went undrafted after the Academy decided just this week to require cadets to serve two years of active duty before they can join a professional team.
Jalen Robinette ranks in our top 10 despite not making Scouts Inc.'s top 250 players.
Eli McGuire made the most of his opportunity at the East-West Shrine game.
Mountain West ties for most G5 wins
New Mexico, San Diego State, Hawai'i and Air Force won bowl games to give the Mountain West a 4-3 bowl record. No other Group of 5 conference earned more wins.
Air Force overcame a very slow start to roll over South Alabama in the Arizona Bowl, denying the Jaguars their first-ever bowl victory.
Arion Worthman threw for 207 yards to balance out Air Force's run-heavy offense, Jacobi Owens scored two touchdowns and the Falcons overcame a sluggish start to beat South Alabama 45-21 in Arizon
Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer
Air Force beats South Alabama 45-21 in Arizona Bowl. The ViewFromVegas is the Falcons covered as 14.5-point favorites and the game went over the betting total of 54.5. This was the second straight cover by a favorite in the bowl games, but underdogs are still dominating at 23-9 ATS (71.9 percent). Unders dip to 18-14 (56.3 percent).
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Since going up 21-3, South Alabama has 25 yards of offense and now trails Air Force 45-21
Breaking down the Arizona Bowl
Air Force has the advantage in all three phases of the game. ESPN's FPI gives the Falcons a 77 percent chance to beat South Alabama, and our experts agree. Bowl picks (Insider)
Schlabach confident in Air Force
Mark Schlabach describes 30 of this year's 40 bowl games as toss-ups. However, this isn't one of them. He expects Air Force to handily win the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl over South Alabama. Schlabach's bowl predictions
Mountain West projected to finish third
The Las Vegas Bowl between San Diego State and Houston on Saturday is maybe the most intriguing game the Mountain West has to offer during bowl season. But the conference is favored to win four of its seven matchups. Who will win bowl season? (Insider)
Falcons deserved better bowl matchup
Air Force went 9-3, won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and knocked off Boise State. The Falcons' reward is an uninspiring matchup against South Alabama. Bowl selection losers (Insider)
Not all records are created equal. Some teams fatten up on cupcakes to secure wins, while others load up on tough teams despite the risk of losses. You'll notice the difference this bowl season.
Rittenberg favors Air Force
South Alabama has had its ups and downs, beating San Diego State and Mississippi State but struggling on the road. That inconsistency leads ESPN's Adam Rittenberg to favor Air Force in the Arizona Bowl. Bowl Predictions
The Jaguars are making just the second bowl appearance in school history, while the Falcons have made the postseason nine of the past 10 years.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Western Kentucky's Jeff Brohm will be the leading candidate at Cincinnati if the school can land him ahead of possibly two Power 5 options (Purdue and Baylor). Others include Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Buckeyes assistant Kerry Coombs also could get a look as he has extensive roots in the Cincinnati area.
The blood alcohol content of former Air Force star QB Dee Dowis was nearly three times the legal limit when he died in a car accident on Aug. 29.
Air Force flying into Tucson?
The Falcons will be looking for their sixth straight victory in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl against Idaho, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy. Bowl projections
Air Force had a late goal-line stand, Tyler Weaver returned a blocked punt 11 yards for a touchdown and the Falcons beat No. 19 Boise State 27-20 on Friday.
Mountain West could see shake-up
According to ESPN's FPI, Wyoming's chance to clinch the Mountain Division is nearly a coin flip. New Year's Six-contending Boise State needs a win and a Cowboys loss.