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ASU Holds First Day of Spring Practice PDF Print
Written by MIke Flynn   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 07:34

Although there were a couple of inches of snow on the ground, spring officially came to the High Country on Monday when Appalachian State University football opened spring practice with a

crisp one-hour-and-35-minute workout in the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility.
Monday’s practice, the first of 15 allowed by the NCAA during the spring, was an up-tempo affair with the Mountaineers moving at a very quick pace from play-to-play and drill-to-drill. Per NCAA regulations, the Apps wore helmets and shorts with no contact drills during the first practice of the spring.
While all but four of the 82 players participating in spring drills have been a member of the ASU program since at least last fall, Monday’s practice marked the first on-field action for six new Appalachian coaches — offensive coordinator/assistant head coach Scott Satterfield, defensive assistant Bryan Brown, tight ends coach Nic Cardwell, running backs coach Chris Foster, offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford and wide receivers coach Justin Stepp.
The four players that made their debuts in Black and Gold included transfers Alex Coulthard (offensive lineman — North Carolina), Quartterrio Morgan (running back — Western Kentucky) and Matt Roper (defensive lineman — Presbyterian), as well as true freshman running back Tysean Holloway, who graduated from Asheville H.S. in December. Holloway is the first early high-school graduate to participate in spring practice for the Mountaineers since former offensive lineman Sherman Holt in 2007.


Other highlights from the first practice of the spring included:


• a terrific pass down the left sideline from Jamal Jackson to Bobo Beathard during 7-on-7 drills. With Beathard running a go route up the sideline, Jackson threaded a pass between two defenders and Beathard made a leaping catch in traffic while managing to come down in-bounds.

• multiple catches during 11-on-11 drills by newly converted tight end Zac Baker. Baker, a fourth-year junior, was in his first day on offense after spending his first three seasons at ASU on the defensive side of the ball.

• strong performances throughout the 11-on-11 periods by Appalachian’s veteran defense. The ASU defense, which returns 9-of-11 starters from last year’s unit, was especially impressive up front with multiple sacks and stops behind the line of scrimmage. Filling the first-team nose tackle role vacated by the graduation of two-year starter Dan Wylie, redshirt freshman Thomas Bronson was particularly active in the strong defensive-line effort.

• one of the healthiest squads in recent memory coming into spring drills. Only five Mountaineers missed Monday’s practice with lingering injuries from last season or the offseason — defensive back Jamill Lott (knee), punter/place kicker Sam Martin (knee/back), linebacker/defensive lineman John Rizor (back), linebacker Nich Shriner (shoulder) and running back Travis Wilson (back).


Photo Courtesy: Scott Satterfieid, ASU Athletics


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