Kickers having a reputation as flakes anyway, BYU Coach Lavell Edwards was especially concerned about the state of mind of one of his kickers for the Cougars' game Nov. 12 against Air Force.

Jason Chaffetz, bucking the odds in the Republican stronghold of Utah, is state co-chairman for the Michael Dukakis campaign, and the game against Air Force at Colorado Springs, Colo., is the Cougars' first after the Nov. 8 election.Chaffetz's half-brother is Dukakis' adopted son, John, who is Kitty Dukakis' son by a previous marriage to John Chaffetz. John Chaffetz is the natural father of both Jason Chaffetz and John Dukakis.

"So now our team is more involved politically than it has been in a number of years," Edwards said. "There's not a whole lot of Democrats around (Provo)."

Perhaps preoccupied by his campaign duties, Chaffetz missed field-goal attempts of 47 and 35 yards in BYU's season-opening 24-14 loss at Wyoming Sept. 1 and lost his starting position to freshman Earl Kaufman.

The junior from Winter Park, Colo., is trying to win his job back, though, with an eye on the game at Air Force.

"I'd like nothing better than to have the commander-in-chief be on the other side," he said.