Written by Mike Flynn
Friday, 10 August 2012 10:59
Less than 24 hours after capping a two-practice day with a grueling intrasquad scrimmage, Appalachian State University football held a relatively short two-hour practice on Thursday afternoon. Due to storms moving into the
High Country, Thursday's workout was split between Kidd Brewer Stadium and the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility.
• Thursday's practice was more mental than physical, with Appalachian spending much of the day building on what they learned from watching the film of Wednesday's 35-series scrimmage. The Mountaineers wore full pads for Thursday's practice but contact was only live along the offensive and defensive lines with tacklers wrapping up ball-carriers but not taking them to the ground.
• With contact dialed back a bit on Thursday, Appalachian conducted just one period of 11-on-11 work towards the end of the two-hour practice.
• During 11-on-11 drills, redshirt freshman wide receiver Sean Price picked up where he left off on Wednesday. After catching three passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns during Wednesday's scrimmage, Price hauled in five receptions during Thursday's 11-on-11 period. Among his five receptions on Thursday were two more long touchdowns, the first coming when he adjusted to make a leaping catch at the goal line and the second coming when he used his deceptive speed to blow past the secondary and catch a perfect pass from Jamal Jackson in stride along the right sideline.
• Appalachian's running game improved a bit from Wednesday's scrimmage, when the Mountaineer defense controlled the line of scrimmage for much of the afternoon. On one play midway through Thursday's 11-on-11 period, great blocking from the Apps' offensive line paved the way for a long touchdown run by Rod Chisholm.
• All-America linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough continued his terrific camp by wreaking havoc on both sides of the line of scrimmage throughout 11-on-11 drills. He made one of the better defensive plays of the afternoon when he sniffed out a screen pass and made a great stop for one of his multiple tackles for loss.
• True freshman linebacker Greg Hall showed more flashes of his unlimited potential when he made a tackle for loss on the first play of the 11-on-11 period.
• Near the end of the period, linebackers Brandon Grier and Deuce Robinson put an exclamation point on the defense's strong showing by slicing into the backfield to team up for a tackle for loss.
• On the only turnover of the 11-on-11 drills, sophomore linebacker Brandon McGowan scooped up a fumble on a mishandled snap for what likely would have been a long defensive touchdown.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
Friday brings the second two-a-day practices of fall camp with morning and afternoon sessions scheduled. All practices are closed to the general public but GoASU.com will have exclusive updates from the practice field throughout fall camp.
Photo Courtesy: Sean Price, ASU Athletics