Preview 2018: Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Sun Belt Star - Again

Preview 2018: Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Sun Belt Star - Again

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Preview 2018: Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Sun Belt Star - Again

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What You Need To Know About The Appalachian State Offense

– Offensive coordinators Dale Jones and Shawn Clark get back just enough talent to come up with another strong year. The Mountaineers averaged 440 yards and 33.5 points per game, but they lose QB Taylor Lamb – who seemed like he was under center for 13 years – and won’t have the killer blocking tandem of OG Colby Gossett and OT Beau Nunn.

The O line that allowed just eight sacks and helped crank up a Sun Belt high 224 yards per game on the ground gets back three starters led by all-star left tackle Victor Johnson. It’s not a huge line, but it’ll be good enough.

– Arguably the Sun Belt’s best returning player, RB Jalin Moore returns after leading the team with 1,037 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s a compact runner who can carry the offense, but he won’t have to do it alone with Marcus Williams the next back up, and with several young runners ready to do more. However, Lamb accounted for a bulk of the rushing yards – finishing second on the team with 584 yards.

– It’s an ongoing battle for the starting quarterback job, but last year’s No. 2 man – Zac Thomas – is the main option. The 6-2, 207-pounder knows the offense and saw a little time last season, but three other young passers are still in the hunt. With one of the nation’s most efficient passing games last season, the spotlight will stay on through fall camp.

Leading receiver Ike Lewis is done, but Thomas Hennigan is back leading a young and talented corps that should be among the Sun Belt’s best. TE Collin Reed will be the go-to guy in key spots, and the explosion will be there throughout the corps.

Biggest Key To The Appalachian State Offense

The quarterback play has to be steady. As good as Taylor Lamb was, the downfield passing game was a bit hit-or-miss. The touchdown passes were there throughout the season, but there was too much dinking and dunking at times.

It was feast-or-famine, averaging over 10 yards per pass five times, and under five yards per throw in four games. The ground game will carry the offense, but the new starting quarterback has to be able to push the ball down the field.

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