Preview 2019: Appalachian State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Appalachian State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Appalachian State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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2. KEYS TO THE SEASON

Biggest Key To The Appalachian State Offense

Consistency with the passing game. Nitpicking time for one of the league’s strongest offenses – the ground attack will do most of the heavy lifting, but it will be a plus if the entire O is just a wee bit sharper.

QB Zac Thomas might be the Sun Belt’s best player, and the receiving corps should be the league’s best – or close to it. The pass protection will be there, too. Now the passing attack needs to be sharper.

There was a rough midsection to last season when the passing game couldn’t hit much of anything, hitting just 50% of its throws or fewer in a five game run, and was at the mark or worse seven times in the last ten games.

When Thomas was on, healthy, and everything was clicking – he missed most of two games – the offense was devastating. If the passing game can keep it around 60% every game … boom.

Biggest Key To The Appalachian State Defense

The corners have to produce. First Team All-Sun Belt star Clifton Duck is now a Chicago Bear, and fellow all-star corner Tae Hayes was picked up by Jacksonville. These two were lockdown machines on the outside for the nation’s third-most efficient pass defense, and now they leave massive shoes to fill.

Sophomore Shaun Jolly at least got on the field last season, and Shemar Jean-Charles and Steven Jones each made five stops, but Duck and Hayes were special – Duck was avoided at all costs at times. A No. 1 stopper has to emerge at one corner gig.

Key Player To A Successful Season

DE/DT George Blackstock, Soph.
Or 270-pound senior EJ Scott, or 305-pound redshirt freshman Jordan Earle. The defense is set to be amazing again if the new corners can rise up and be decent right away, and if someone can replace all-star MyQuon Stout on the interior. The 6-1, 258-pound undersized Blackstock will get a look on the inside, but Scott and Earle bring more bulk. there will be a rotation to keep everyone fresh, but Stout was fantastic.

Key Game To The Appalachian State Season

at Troy, Nov. 30
Arkansas State and Louisiana are good in the West, and Georgia Southern is dangerous again – the Eagles gave ASU fits in a 34-14 thumping last season – but the regular season ender against Troy might just be for the Sun Belt title.

The Mountaineers won 21-10 at home last year after losing at Troy 28-24 in 2016. Now that the two are in the same division, and with the season leading up to the finish, this will be must-see viewing.
Appalachian State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

2018 Appalachian State Fun Stats

– 4th Quarter Scoring: Appalachian State 122 – Opponents 38
– Onside Kicks: Appalachian State 2-for-2 – Opponents 2-for-3
– Rushing Yards Per Game: Appalachian State 240.4 – Opponents 125.9

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