2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 83 Appalachian State Mountaineers
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Appalachian State Mountaineers
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No. 83: Appalachian State Mountaineers
Appalachian State Mountaineers Prespring Status
It’s not exactly the FCS championship days again, but Appalachian State came up with ten wins, became a co-Sun Belt champ, won a second straight bowl game, and showed the staying power keep it all going. It pushed Tennessee into overtime, but it also rolled through a whole slew of bad teams to get the gaudy record – whatever. ASU will take the 10-3 record.
The running game was devastating, the defense was dominant – allowing just 18 points per game – and the team was a force in blowout after blowout. Out of the ten wins, only the trip to Akron and the bowl win over Toledo were under double-digits. Going into spring ball, the plan has to be to grow into the Sun Belt’s signature superstar and roll to another conference title.
Appalachian State Mountaineers Biggest Issue
The defensive losses are a problem. Losing C Parker Collins off the offensive line will hurt, and not having RB Marcus Cox around anymore isn’t a plus, but the defense has the biggest holes to fill, especially when it comes to leadership and clutch production. LBs John Law and Kennan Gilchrist done along with big-hitting safety Alex Gray.
Appalachian State Mountaineers Biggest Positive
The offense has two outstanding pieces to build around. Cox might have been a fantastic back over the last few years, but Jalin Moore led the way with 1,402 yards and ten scores, and Darrynton Evans is a good do-it-all option who can add a little flash. ASU works the O on the ground, but it’s steady QB Taylor Lamb who keeps everything on an even keel. He’s not dynamic, and he doesn’t do enough on third downs, but he’s going to be a four-year starter who knows what he’s doing.
Really, Why Are The Appalachian State Mountaineers Ranked Here?
There are just enough key personnel losses to keep ASU from being this year’s Western Michigan, but it’s going to be another really, really good team. Remember, there were only a few truly decent wins last year, the passing game needs to be stronger, but this should be another solid team in the mix for the Sun Belt title.