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Jackson To Start Saturday PDF Print
Written by Mike Flynn   
Monday, 17 October 2011 20:00

Appalachian State University head coach Jerry Moore announced on Monday that sophomore Jamal Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) will make his second-straight start at quarterback for the Mountaineers when they face Samford on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Jackson made one of the most impressive debuts by

a signal-caller in Appalachian history on Saturday at The Citadel, completing 21-of-27 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns in the Mountaineers’ 49-42 victory. Jackson, who also rushed eight times for 40 yards, completed his first 15 passes and led ASU to touchdowns on seven of its first eight possessions to help the Apps build a commanding 49-14 lead midway through the third quarter.
Jackson’s 234 passing yards were the most by an Appalachian quarterback in his first start since current ASU wide receivers coach Trey Elder threw for 249 yards against Texas State in 2004. The three touchdown passes were the most by a first-time Mountaineer starter since D.J. Campbell tossed for three scores versus Gardner-Webb in 1989 (Moore’s first game as ASU’s head coach).
DeAndre Presley (Tampa, Fla./Middleton), who suffered a shoulder injury versus Wofford on Oct. 1 that kept him out of action in Saturday’s triumph over The Citadel, is listed as probable for this week’s showdown with Samford (4-2, 2-2 SoCon). Moore indicated that if he’s available to play, Presley will likely see some time at quarterback on Saturday and could also possibly be on the field at other positions. Presley played wide receiver for much of his sophomore campaign in 2009, catching three passes for 88 yards, and has worked as a punt returner throughout his career, fielding three punts for 16 yards in ‘09.


MOUNTAINEERS MOVE TO NO. 6 IN BOTH MAJOR FCS POLLS: On the strength of Saturday’s win in Charleston, Appalachian moved up one spot to No. 6 in The Sports Network (media) and American Football Coaches Association (coaches) NCAA Division I FCS top-25 polls on Monday.
ASU is one of three Southern Conference teams in the nation’s top six. Georgia Southern, the Mountaineers’ Oct. 29 opponent at The Rock, is ranked No. 1 in both polls for the sixth-consecutive week while Wofford comes in at No. 5 in The Sports Network poll and No. 4 in the AFCA rankings.
Appalachian is 13-3 all-time when ranked No. 6 nationally. It last held the No. 6 ranking on Nov. 21, 2009 when it defeated Western Carolina, 19-14, at Kidd Brewer Stadium.


A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS FOR HOMECOMING MATCHUP PUT ON SALE: A very limited number of seats for Saturday’s homecoming contest that were returned to Appalachian by Samford went on sale Monday.  Tickets, which cost $30 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 3-12), can be purchased online at, by phone at (828) 262-2079 and in person at the ASU athletics ticket office, located in the Holmes Center. Online sales are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while phone and in-person purchases can be made from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.



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