|Football Fall Camp Report: Aug. 16|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:35|
Appalachian State University football officially began the final week of fall camp on Tuesday with a two-and-a-half-hour practice at Kidd Brewer Stadium.The Mountaineers worked out in full pads during their only practice of the day. Appalachian will conduct its fourth set of two-a-day practices on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s session concluded with a spirited 20-minute period of 11-on-11 work featuring a plethora of two-minute-drill situations. As has become a common theme throughout camp, ASU’s offense and defense were fairly evenly matched throughout the 11-on-11 period. Highlights included:
• the offense putting together a textbook late-game drive on the very first series of the period, needing only five plays to march 60 yards for a touchdown. ASU completed passes on all five plays of the series, with a pair of catches by running back Steven Miller (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) to open the drive, back-to-back first-down receptions by wide receiver Sean Price (Reston, Va./South Lakes) and tight end Ben Jorden (Weddington, N.C./Charlotte Latin) and a 25-yard touchdown catch by Brian Quick (Columbia, S.C./Ridge View) to cap the impressive series;
• the Mountaineer defense clicking into gear following the relatively easy touchdown drive and putting together three-consecutive three-and-out series. Freshman cornerback Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) continued his strong play by breaking up two passes in a span of three plays. Fellow rookie Henry Barnes (Newton Grove, N.C./Hobbton) also broke up a pass and William Corbin (Dunn, N.C./Triton) and Demery Brewer (Lincolnton, N.C./Lincolnton) hurried the passer during the defense-dominated three-series stretch;
• big hits behind the line of scrimmage by cornerback Demetrius McCray (Covington, Ga./Newton), who snuffed out a short pass for a loss, and defensive lineman James Robinson (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood), who barreled through the offensive line for a sack;
• a beautiful catch-and-throw from redshirt freshman Kalik Barnes (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview) to true freshman Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) for a 20-plus-yard touchdown. Barnes escaped pressure in the backfield and while rolling to his left, threaded a pass between two defenders to McElfresh, who showed great concentration in hanging on to the bullet for the score.
About an hour into Tuesday’s practice, sophomore offensive lineman Dylan Bostick (Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher) became ill and was transported to Watauga Medical Center as a precaution. He is doing well and expected to be released from WMC early this evening.
In other injury news, senior offensive lineman Sherman Holt (Leicester, N.C./Erwin) returned to practice on Monday after missing the better part of a week with a hand injury. However, sophomore wide receiver Nathan Dorton (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) will miss 6-12 weeks with a hip injury sustained last week. All of Appalachian’s other injuries are considered day-to-day.
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