|ASU Camp Report: August 12|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Tuesday, 13 August 2013 07:02|
Following its first off day of fall camp on Sunday, Appalachian State University football returned to the
field on Monday for a pair of practice sessions at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers practiced for slightly more than an hour on Monday morning in helmets and shorts and held a two-hour-and-fifteen-minute session in the afternoon.
Appalachian State’s second practice of the day saw the Mountaineers don full pads with several periods of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills on a humid day in the High Country.
Both sides of the ball made big plays during the 7-on-7 periods. The offensive highlight came on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Jamal Londry-Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) to Sean Price (Reston, Va./South Lakes) while interceptions by Anthony Covington (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and Michael Frazier (Conway, S.C./Conway) headlined the defensive effort. Covington’s interception was perhaps the most impressive play of the 7-on-7 drills, as the true freshman not only jumped a route to pick off a pass by Londry-Jackson but took it the other way for a long touchdown return.
Appalachian’s defense stole the show during the first 11-on-11 period of the afternoon. Deuce Robinson (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) recorded a sack on the third play of the period while Austin Chambers (Clyde, N.C./Tuscola) and Olawale Dada (Columbus, Ga./Shaw) combined to bring down Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) behind the line of scrimmage four plays later. Dada also recorded another tackle for loss on the final play of the period while Alex Gray (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) had one of the biggest hits of the day when he brought down Paul Magloire (Lynbrok, N.Y./Milford Academy) after an eight-yard run.
The Mountaineers simulated third-down-and-eight plays in the next-to-last 11-on-11 period of the afternoon. Much like it had in the initial full-team drills of the afternoon, the defense stood out in the early going, highlighted by sacks by Dada and true freshman Nathaniel Norwood (Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy). However, the offense responded by picking up four-straight first downs to wrap up the third-and-eight situational period.
Practice wrapped up with what has become a daily routine — a two-minute drill pitting the fatigued offensive and defensive units against each other after nearly three-and-a-half hours on the practice field. The offense shined in the grueling period, picking up four-straight first downs to set up a one-yard touchdown plunge by Ricky Fergerson (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina).
Monday’s practices also featured extensive special-teams work, highlighted by a 96-yard touchdown by Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) during the kick-return portion of the afternoon workout.
Appalachian State continues preseason preparations on Tuesday with one afternoon practice. 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
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