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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Best Appalachian State Offensive Player

RB Jalin Moore, Sr.
After starting out his career splitting time in a rotation with Marcus Cox, Moore has taken over the ground game on his own over the last two years, running for over 1,400 yards with ten scores two seasons ago, and with 1,037 yards and 12 touchdowns last year despite missing two games.

The 5-11, 207-pounder is a slippery-tough back with the speed to hit the home run from anywhere on the field. He might not be a big-load back, but he managed to carry the ball 32 times against Georgia State late in the season, and can handle it for 20 carries or more when needed.

2. OT Victor Johnson, Jr.
3. WR Thomas Hennigan, Soph.
4. TE Collin Reed, Jr.
5. WR Jalen Virgil, Soph.

Best Appalachian State Defensive Player

CB Clifton Duck, Jr.
Underloved by the recruiting world after a stellar high school career, he came out roaring with a phenomenal true freshman season with 57 tackles and five picks. He followed it up with 50 stops and six interceptions in his second straight all-star season.

The 5-10, 175-pounder isn’t afraid to get physical, but he’s at his best when the ball is in the air. Phenomenally quick, he gets to everything with off-the-chart ball skills that makes teams pay. Unfortunately for opposing offenses, Tae Hayes is a baller on the other side.

2. CB Tae Hayes, Sr.
3. LB Anthony Flory, Sr.
4. DT Myquon Stout, Sr.
5. S Desmond Franklin, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Zac Thomas, Soph.
How do you replace a guy who was so good for four years like Taylor Lamb was? The blocking was great for him, and the running attack took all the heat off, but he was still a special player for a program finding its way in the FBS world. And now the transition has to begin. For an offense that was No. 1 in the Sun Belt in passing efficiency, the Mountaineers have to settle the situation quickly.

Key Game To The Appalachian State Season

Troy, Nov. 24
Welcome to the new world of the Sun Belt divisions. Arkansas State is on the other side in the West, but Troy is in the East with the talent and potential to take the conference title if it doesn’t stumble early.

ASU has to get to Arkansas State, and it has a nasty three-game late season road stretch, but the East might all come down to the showdown against the Trojans in the regular season finale. In one way or another, this will play a huge role in the championship chase.

2017 Appalachian State Fun Stats

– Sacks: Appalachian State 38 – Opponents 8
– 1st Quarter Scoring: 58 – 2nd Quarter Scoring: 150
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 18 – Appalachian State 6

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