Spring ball has passed at Appalachian State and the team now will go through rigorous summer workouts as they prepare for the 2017 season opener at Georgia on September 2nd. The final spring scrimmage was held earlier in March and it appears the coaching staff has seen a lot of things they like heading towards the fall.
On a overall level head coach Scott Satterfield stated “There’s a lot of good film coaches can coach on heading into the offseason” so it appears coach seems pretty satisfied with how the team looked during spring ball.
After spending 2016 off the field running back Terrence Upshaw returns to the ASU offense in a much needed role as second-string running back as Jalin Moore moves up to starting running back. In the final spring scrimmage Upshaw impressed with three touchdowns of 64, 26, and two yards.
As expected certain players that are for sure going to be key in 2017 for the Mountaineers were wearing red jerseys so they would not take any contact that could lead to a serious injury.
Coach Satterfield also seemed very pleased with a redshirt defensive back named Shemar Jean-Charles. Coach stated that “Shemar had a great spring” and also that “he is going to absolutely play this upcoming season”. Coach also said he could be a “special teams nightmare”. Shemar was a 2-star prospect coming out of Miramar, Florida and chose Appalachian State over Cincinnati, FIU, Bowling Green and other G5 schools.
Appalachian State opens the 2017 season in Athens on September 2nd against Georgia, and follows with games against FCS Savannah State, Texas State and Wake Forrest in its first four games of the 2017 campaign.
App returns some very key pieces on the offensive end for 2017. QB Taylor Lamb looks poised for a great senior season along with junior running back Jalin Moore. ASU loses Parker Collins from the offensive line but things remain stable on that front for the most part.
ASU loses some key players on defense in John Law, Kennan Gilchrist, Alex Gray and Mondo Williams. It is going to be key for new faces to mix with key returnees to keep the App defense as strong as it has been over the past 2 seasons.