Appalachian State University football wrapped up its first full week of fall camp with a two-hour-and-fifteen-minute practice on Thursday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. A day after Appalachian held its first two-a-day workouts, the seventh day of camp featured just one practice. The Mountaineer donned full pads for
Thursday’s lone workout and closed the afternoon with 11-on-11 red-zone and two-minute drills.
Appalachian’s defense got the best of the final period of the afternoon, holding the offense out of the end zone on 3-of-4 red-zone series and not allowing a score in two two-minute possessions. Timely tackles behind the line of scrimmage on each series led to defensive stops on the first three red-zone possessions. Redshirt freshman safety Alex Gray (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) stalled the first series by stopping running back Ricky Fergerson (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina) for an eight-yard loss on third-and-goal from the two yard line. On the next series, eight-yard passes from Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) to Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) and Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) moved the offense to the one yard line before junior linebacker Brandon McGowan (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) and sophomore safety Kevin Walton (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) teamed up to stuff running back Paul Magloire (Lynbrook, N.Y./Milford Academy) for a three-yard loss. True freshman linebacker Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville) sacked Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) for a five-yard loss to end the third series.
The offense finally found the end zone on its final red-zone possession when true freshman running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) broke free for a 13-yard touchdown scamper. In the first of two two-minute-drill simulations to end the afternoon, the offense took over at its own 39 yard line and drove to the defense’s 35 before the series stalled, thanks in large part to a sack by Deuce Robinson (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) and Chris Shaffer (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) on first down from the 35. The second offensive possession ended after just two plays when McGowan picked off a Bryant pass to squelch the offense’s last scoring opportunity.
Despite reaching paydirt only once in six possessions during the final period of the day, the offense did have highlights during the red-zone and two-minute series. Starting quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) completed five passes in two possessions, including 10-yard connections with Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) and Malachi Jones (Roswell, N.C./Central Gwinnett) and three catches for 17 yards by Fergerson. On the only scoring drive of the period, Cox’s 13-yard touchdown run was set up by a five-yard completion from Logan Hallock (Ferguson, N.C./West Wilkes) to Trey Kavanaugh (Boone, N.C./Watauga).
Appalachian State returns to two-a-days with morning and afternoon sessions on Friday. Practices are closed to the general public but full reports will be available throughout fall camp at appstatesports.com.
Photo Courtesy: Tony Washington, ASU Athletics