|ASU Camp Report: August 5|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:10|
Fall camp continued for Appalachian State University football on Monday with a two-hour practice at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Monday’s practice was Appalachian State’s fourth of the year. For the second-straight day, the Mountaineers worked out in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts with limited contact. The two-hour session followed
a similar script to Sunday’s practice, which was the first of the season in shoulder pads for the Apps. Like Sunday, Monday’s practice included several periods of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work.
As has been the case for much of the first four practices of the season, Appalachian State’s offense was highlighted by the play of its top two quarterbacks, senior starter Jamal Londry-Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) and sophomore backup Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek). The duo was especially effective during the final 11-on-11 period of the afternoon, particularly Londry-Jackson, who threw long touchdown passes to sophomore Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and senior Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews).
The scoring strike to Washington was perhaps the offensive play of the day. Washington broke free off the line of scrimmage and down the left sideline when Londry-Jackson launched a pass in his direction. Sophomore safety Kevin Walton (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), who is having an impressive camp and was near the hash mark when the pass went in the air, showed terrific speed to close in on the pass and appeared to have a chance to make an outstanding play on the ball. However, the pass went just over Walton’s fingertips and into the hands of Washington, who displayed great concentration to make the catch and easily waltz into the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown.
True freshman linebacker George Vinson (Damascus, Md./Damascus) turned in the most exciting play of the afternoon on the defensive side of the ball when he made an acrobatic interception in traffic during 7-on-7 drills and returned it for a long gain.
During the closing 11-on-11 period, another true freshman linebacker, Tucker Bell (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road), made noise on back-to-back plays. The walk-on drew the praise of coaches when he tracked junior quarterback Logan Hallock (Ferguson, N.C./West Wilkes) as Hallock rolled to his right then batted down Hallock’s pass attempt with a perfectly timed jump. On the very next snap, Bell came untouched off the left edge to “sack” the quarterback with a two-hand touch.
Junior defensive end Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County), who has been a force throughout the first four days of camp, also turned in an impressive play during 11-on-11 drills when he snuffed out a screen pass and batted down the ball to prevent what could have been a big gain.
Things get really fun on Tuesday when Appalachian State straps on full pads for its only practice of the day. Practices are closed to the general public but full reports will be available throughout fall camp at appstatesports.com.
Photo Courtesy: Malachi Jones, ASU Athletics
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