Safety Anthony Wooding, receiver Mikel Hunter, receiver Brandon Hirneise, linebacker Jamil Cooks (a Sierra graduate) and tight end Devin Durden are not with the Falcons, who began training camp Friday. Coach Troy Calhoun said they were not suspended, but he confirmed they are not on the team.
“Right now, they’re not practicing, they’re not here,” Calhoun said.
Another player, safety Jay Fullam, is going to miss the season with a shoulder injury, Calhoun said.
Regarding the five players who aren’t with the team, Calhoun would not elaborate on why they weren’t on the roster or if they can return this season.
“They’re not here,” Calhoun said, in a refrain he repeated to most questions about those five players. “They’re not on our team.”
Calhoun said those players are still enrolled at the academy. In the past, when a player has not been allowed to participate in intercollegiate athletics for Air Force, one of four issues is usually the reason: a violation of the honor code, academics, military performance problems or a physical fitness issue.
EDIT: HTTV lists Jamil Cooks as possibly the most talented player on the AF defense.