Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Appalachian State Mountaineers season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Schedule Analysis
– Appalachian State Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 11-2 overall, 7-1 in Sun Belt
Head Coach: Eliah Drinkwitz, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN STATE OFFENSE
– The offense that finished second on the Sun Belt in yards and first in scoring isn’t slowing down. Head coach Eliah Drinkwitz knows how to get an attack moving – bombing away with the passing game at NC State last year and balancing things out the year before – and now he inherits a loaded attack. ASU underwent a youth movement last year with eight sophomores starting in bowl games, and now, just about everyone is back.
– All QB Zac Thomas had to do was step in for heart-and-soul starter Taylor Lamb, and he came up large throwing 21 touchdown passes with just six picks. The 6-1, 200-pounder added ten scores, too. The depth is more than solid with 6-3 junior Jacob Huesman seeing a little time. These guys will look even better because …
– The receiving corps is loaded. All-star junior Corey Sutton is back after leading the team with 44 catches for 773 yards and ten scores. In all, eight of the top nine pass catchers – including the running backs – return, including second-leading midrange target Thomas Hennigan – he made 29 grabs, along with speedster Malik Williams. Tight ends Collin Reed and Henry Pearson are back after combining for 26 catches with five scores.
– The ground game that finished second in the Sun Belt averaging 240 yards per game is excellent, too. There’s a chance Darrynton Evans works more at receiver, but he’s the leading returning rusher averaging close to seven yards per pop with 1,187 yards and seven scores. Jalin Moore is gone, but junior Marcus Williams was second on the team with 561 yards and four scores. 6-2, 202-pound redshirt freshman Camerun Peoples brings a little thump.
– Four starters are back on a line that was fantastic in pass protection and led the Sun Belt in fewest tackles for loss allowed. First Team All-Sun Belt star Victor Johnson leads the line at left tackle, Noah Hannon is a rock at center, and the guards are set. All-star Chandler Greer is done at right tackle, and now his understudy Matt Williams is set to slide in.