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App State backup quarterback heading to Delaware

Backup Mountaineer QB J.P. Caruso will transfer down to the FCS ranks at Delaware. Now App State must find a new QB2.

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Appalachian State backup QB J.P. Caruso announced via social media that he would be transferring from ASU and move to the University Of Delaware.

Caruso will finish his college career with the Blue-Hens who are an FCS member of the CAA Conference. He has two years of eligibility left.

Caruso has a chance to start for UD if he impresses over the summer as current UD QB Joe Walker has struggled the past couple years as a passer with 12 interceptions to only four touchdowns. J.P appeared in nine games last season for App State, where he was 6/6 passing for 46 yards and a touchdown.

App State now has two viable competitors for the backup QB spot on the depth chart. First up is redshirt freshman Jacob Huesman, who is 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 215 pounds. Huesman hails from Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida. He was a two-star prospect coming out of high school where he led his team to the 7A state semifinals as a senior. Huesman also completed 66 percent of his passes and had 14 touchdowns to only 3 int’s as a senior. After initially committing to Florida International Jacob flipped to Appalachian State.

The other guy who will make a strong push to be QB2 for the Apps will be redshirt freshman Zac Thomas. Thomas stands in at 6-2 205 and hails from Trussville, Alabama, where he was a two-star prospect.

As a senior Thomas completed 61 percent of his passes for just over 1400 yards and 12 touchdowns in only nine games of action due to a season ending leg injury forced him out for the remainder of his senior campaign. Zac had initially committed to FCS juggernaut Jacksonville State before flipping to Appalachian.

Appalachian State also added another QB in this years singing class in Peyton Derrick out of Conway, South Carolina. Derrick passes for over 8,000 yards and 77 touchdowns in his high school career at Conway High School, where he was the South Carolina Region 6 5A Offensive Player Of the Year. Peyton was also a two-star prospect and chose App State over UNC Charlotte and FCS level Gardner Webb. Look for Derrick to redshirt this year.

Appalachian State has some interesting prospects who could step up and possibly be QB2 and eventually QB1 after Lamb graduates but losing J.P. hurts. I wish J.P. the best of luck in his future at Delaware.