|ASU Football Notebook: Blair Named SoCon Freshman of the Week|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011 07:30|
After helping Appalachian State University’s defense stymie Georgia Southern’s potent triple-option offense in Saturday’s 24-17 win over the top-ranked Eagles, ASU defensive end Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) has been honored as the Southern Conference’s Freshman of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Blair is Appalachian’s first SoCon Freshman of the Week since DeAndre Presley (Tampa, Fla./Middleton) earned the recognition following his first-career start at Western Carolina in the final game of the 2008 regular season.
MOUNTAINEERS MOVE UP TO NO. 3 IN NATIONAL POLLS: Following its first win over a No. 1-ranked team in 12 years, Appalachian moved up two spots to No. 3 in The Sports Network (media) and American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division I FCS polls on Monday.
UP NEXT: With its destiny for an unprecedented seventh-straight SoCon championship in its own hands, Appalachian (6-2, 4-1 SoCon) travels to face longtime rival and red-hot Furman (5-3, 4-2 SoCon) on Saturday in Greenville, S.C. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Furman’s Paladin Stadium. Since dropping a 50-20 decision at Georgia Southern on Oct. 15, Furman has posted back-to-back impressive league victories over Wofford (26-21) and Chattanooga (14-7). Appalachian won just six of its first 29 all-time matchups against Furman but has dominated the series since the turn of the millennium, winning 10 of the 12 meetings since 2000, including a record six-straight victories over the Paladins.
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