Air Force starting quarterback Connor Dietz broke a bone in his right hand and will miss at least three weeks.
The Falcons will not have to turn to an inexperienced backup, though. Sophomore Tim Jefferson will take over for Dietz. He started last year as a freshman and the first three games this year before an ankle injury forced him out.
Jefferson has thrown for 319 yards, two touchdowns and one interception this year. He’s also saying all the right things after not getting his starting spot back from coach Troy Calhoun after he returned from injury.
“I think the best player should be playing,” Jefferson said to The Denver Post. “That’s how Coach Calhoun feels about it and that’s how I feel about it. I don’t say I should be starting because I was the starter last year. The ankle slowed me down a little bit. Coach Calhoun has been very fair with all the decisions he has made.
He will get his first chance to prove his is that best player again Saturday against Colorado State, which has lost five in a row after starting the season 3-0 including wins over Colorado and Nevada.