Military Bowl 2011: Bittersweet Bowl Trip For 3 Air Force Seniors

Three Air Force seniors won't be able to play in the 2011 Military Bowl due to injury: defensive end Zach Payne, who suffered a serious knee injury during practice; center Michael Hester broke a bone in his foot; linebacker Jordan Waiwaiole hurt his shoulder in the regular season finale against Colorado State. But all three traveled with the team to the bowl game, disappointed though they may be:

"You always want to play, especially knowing it’s all the seniors’ last game and you want to be out there with them," Payne said. "You have to do what you can, and stay positive."

Payne added, "I wouldn't want to be anywhere but here."

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