Appalachian State University football held its annual Media Day on Saturday at the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility and Kidd Brewer Stadium. Head coach Scott Satterfield, defensive coordinator Nate Woody and co-offensive coordinators Dwayne Ledford and Frank Ponce addressed the media and you can listen to the replay
of the Appalachian IMG Sports Network's two-hour Media Day broadcast.
"we have so many new people coming in, and we want to teach these young guys our systen," Satterfield said. "The first two days are big teaching days. We're going to bring them all together on Sunday. I feel some of these new guys will really help us this season. We want to speed things up this season. That's what we really concentrated on during the spring. I really feel we got away from that in recent years. We want to run a lot of plays in a shorter period of time. We
want to get back to an uptempo offense, like we did in 2005 and '06."
The Mountaineers, coming off their first losing season since 1993, closed things out inm 2013 with a pair of wins against Wofford and Western Carolina. And, according to Satterfield, the Mountaineers have carried that momentum into the off-season. They will put all of that energy to the test in their season opener August 30 at Michigan---where the Mountaineers shocked the college football world with a 34-32 win in 2007.
"The three- and four-year players in this program have gone through a lot, but its also made us a closer team," Satterfield said. "They've pulled together. Several of our guys are saying, 'this is the time, so let's turn it on.' Those guys have stayed loyal to the program, and they've become our leaders.
"I'm not going to talk wins and losses. I really can't answer that, but I think we'll be a much better team this season. I'm very excited with what we have coming back."
After Media Day, Appalachian State conducted its second practice of the season. The Mountaineers are back at it on Sunday for their third practice of the year and the first to feature the full squad after the roster was split in two for Friday and Saturday's workouts. Sunday's practice is slated for 3 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium and is open to the public. Admission is FREE.
Photo Courtesy: Scott Satterfield, App State Athletics