Monday football roundup: Navy slotback's place in history, all-MWC preseason team, top-10 list rips Mids

Zerbin Singleton

Navy's Zerbin Singleton heads for daylight against Ball State in 2007. Singleton's ground game has been replaced by aerial achievement. (US Presswire photo by Ron Scheffler)

It’s the day after the unofficial start of summer. So, time for football news:

1. Singleton still a standout. As part of a 2007 Navy offense that included Eric Kettani, Shun White and Tyree Barnes, slotback Zerbin Singleton managed 484 yards rushing and a team-high 263 yards receiving. Those numbers may earn him a spot in the Navy’s media guide, but not in the annals of military history. Don’t worry — he’s got that covered.

Marine 1st Lt. Singleton recently became the last in a long line of CH-46 pilots; the “Phrog,” in service since Vietnam, is being phased out. U-T San Diego offers this story on Singleton’s path to a place in Phrog lore — overcoming family tragedies of abuse and suicide, and nearly having his Naval Academy dreams dashed by a drunk driver. It’s a Mid-makes-good story that doesn’t involve “military reserve list” or “release from active service requirement.”

2. Steele’s MWC take. We told you about Phil Steele’s All-Independent preseason honors, so it’s only fair we highlight the Air Force representatives on his All-Mountain West Conference list. Linebacker Alex Means and kicker Parker Herrington made the first team, with offensive tackle Jason Kons earning second-team berths. The trio of seniors will lead Air Force into its season-opener against Idaho State on Sept. 1.

3. Closest to “cupcake”? Bruce Feldman, the senior college football columnist at, ranked Notre Dame’s schedule as the toughest in college football, as it combines top-tier programs such as Oklahoma, Miami and Michigan with a lack of Football Championship Subdivision pushovers — “cupcakes,” as Feldman calls them.

That schedule begins Sept. 1 in Dublin against Navy — a team Feldman ranks among the closest-to-cupcake portion of the Irish’s schedule, along with Purdue, Wake Forest and Boston College. Not exactly the highest of praise, but not bad company — not exactly Idaho State, at least.

Speaking of Air Force, Feldman has kind words for the Falcons, who’ll be No. 2 on the schedule for Michigan after the Wolverines open the season against Alabama. Having to recover from the Crimson Tide and deal with the Falcons’ option attack could prove challenging for the Wolverines, says Feldman, who ranks Michigan’s schedule as fourth-toughest.


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