The Appalachian State University athletic department has annoucned that defensive back Doug Middleton will miss the remainder of the 2012 season due to the ankle injury sustained last Saturday at East Carolina. He will apply for a medical redshirt (which will almost certainly be granted) and will
have three years of eligibility remaining . He is expected to be able to return to the field for spring practice in 2013.
The Mountaineers (0-1), ranked eighth in the FCS Coaches Poll and 11th in The Sports Network Poll, take on Montana Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium (air time 4:30 p.m. on AM 1450, WATA) in the third meeting ever between the schools. Montana owns a 2-0 lead in this series, with both wins coming in the national semifinals (in 1999 and 2009). The Grizzlies, who are making their first trip to Boone, survived with a 24-17 win in Missoula in 2009. Montana reached the national championship game in Chattanooga that season, but lost to Villanova.
The Grizzlies (1-0), ranked ninth in the coaches poll and 12th in TSN poll, defeated South Dakota 35-24 in their season opener last Satruday. Montana has a new coach in Mick Delaney, who took over the program in March on an interim basis (when UM fired then-head coach Robin Pflugrad and athletic director Jim O’Day). Delaney, who is 70-years old, actually retired from coaching in February before he was asked to take over the coaching reins on an interim bases for one year by UM President Royce Engstrom. Delaney had the interim label removed on July 25.
The Grizzlies also have a new face at quarterback in Trent McKinney, who was 26-32 for 214 yards and a pair of TD passes in his UM debut in last Saturday's win against South Dakota. McKinney replaces Jordan Johnson, who is suspended and is facing criminal charges for having sexual intercourse without consent. If convicted on that charge, Johnson could serve a two-year prison sentence.
The Mountaineers, despite wearing down in the fourth quarter, turned in a pretty good effort in their season-opening loss at East Carolina on Saturday. Quarterback Jamal Jackson threw for 300 yards, wide receiver Tony Washington caught seven passes for 102 yards, Jeremy Kimbrough and Troy Sanders combined for 23 stops and an interception.
The Moutaineers were in the game, trailing 14-13 with 2:35 left in the third quarter, when Lance Ray broke ASU's back with a 90-yard kick-off return that allowed ECU to gradually pull away.
Appalachian State Injury Report
DB Rodger Walker (illness)
DB Dante Blackmon (knee — season)
RB Rod Chisholm (hand — 4-6 weeks)
LB Olawale Dada (shoulder — season)
OL Tyson Fernandez (foot — season)
DB Doug Middleton (ankle — season)
OL Matt Privette (head — TBD)
WR Andy Shuler (knee — TBD)
TE Jey Yokeley (leg — 1-3 weeks)
Photo Courtesy: Trent McKinney, PHOTO SUBMITTED