|ASU Holds First Day of Spring Practice|
|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.
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).
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