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Like Father like Son: LaCoste plays Division 1 football like his father

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Anthony LaCoste followed in his father’s footsteps.

Anthony, much like his father Joe, played Division I college football and were running backs. However, that’s where the similarities end.

Anthony LaCoste (Photo by Air Force/USA Today Sports)

Anthony LaCoste (Photo by Air Force/USA Today Sports)

Instead of going to Oregon State, like his father, Anthony decided to go to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. Joe played for the Oregon State Beavers in 1985 and 1986.

“I saw the great opportunities that a degree and experience from the USAF Academy would bring and so did my dad,” said LaCoste.

In his first three years, LaCoste played in 22 games, where he rushed for a 165 yards. He also had a touchdown last year.

But he had to wait until this year to have his best performances of his career. This year, he has rushed 59 times for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

“I’ve been really enjoying it,” said LaCoste. “It is always a good feeling when the hard work you have put in over the years culminates finally on the field. I will just continue to work and get better.”

On October 10th, 2013, he had a career day, as he rushes 22 times for a 109 yards against San Diego State. This was the first time in a game and in his career that he rushed for more than 20 times in a game.

“It was a tough hard fought game,” said LaCoste. “A lot [of] power runs and tough yards. It felt good though to have that much of an impact on the game.”

LaCoste had less than 10 carries in five games. And in the first game of the season, he had 11 rushes for 77 yards in the Falcons’ 38-13 win over the Colgate Raiders.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, the win over the Raiders is their lone win of the season. And they have lost six straight games to stand 1-6, including two close games against San Diego State and Nevada.

In those games, the Falcons lost by 7 points to the Aztecs and by 3 points to the Wolf Pack.

“No one ever expects to lose a game and we never do,” said LaCoste. “As a team, we just have to keep our minds right and keep working day in and day out. We can’t let what happen[s] last week hurt us the next [week]. So after each week, we have just kept working harder and harder and we have been getting better. We continue to have the mentality that we are preparing to win.”

The Falcons still have five games left in the season to turn things around. They face Notre Dame this Saturday, before facing Army, New Mexico, UNLV, and Colorado State in their final four games.

While the team is presently 1-6, they have not had a losing season since the 2006 season. In that year, the team went 4-8 under former head coach Fisher DeBerry.

LaCoste will play his final college football game on November 30th at Colorado State. Once that game ends, he will no longer have football to focus on, as he will focus primarily on being a college student and on being a member of the cadet squadron 35.

“Yes, I will be in this squadron til I graduate in May,” said LaCoste. “and get my new assignment from the Air Force.”

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