The Air Force football team plays with discipline and precision running an option offense. Those same qualities are evident in the daily lives of the cadets, who must juggle a lot of responsibilities while playing football.
They are at the Air Force Academy to serve their country first, with football a close second.
Cadets must abide by several strict rules. They are required to average 19 credit hours per semester. Athletes are not permitted red-shirt seasons. Freshmen are required to complete 40 days of basic training while sophomores get 18 days of survival training.
The Academy does not offer scholarships, and Cadets must be nominated for admission.
Following graduation, there is a five-year commitment to the Air Force.
Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter is an Air Force Academy graduate, and his son is currently a Cadet.
DeRuyter wants his players to understand what the Cadets are going to do when they graduate, and appreciate them for what they are willing to do in service of the country.
A victory over Air Force Saturday gives Fresno State at least a tie for the Mountain West Conference championship.