Appalachian State University football held the third practice of its 2014 fall camp on Sunday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Perfect weather conditions (sunny with a light breeze and temperatures in the high 70s) and about 100 fans greeted the Mountaineers for their first full-squad practice of the season. For Friday and Saturday’s

practices, Appalachian State’s coaching staff split its squad in half and ran two identical workouts to allow the younger players on the 105-man roster to get more reps.



Sunday’s practice was also the first of the year in which the Mountaineers wore shoulder pads to go along with helmets and shorts. Despite the added equipment, contact remains minimal and tackling has not yet been introduced.


Practice wrapped up with a pair of spirited 11-on-11 periods towards the end of the afternoon. Appalachian’s defense had a strong showing during the full-team drills, highlighted by an acrobatic interception by sophomore Dante Blackmon (Covington, Ga./Eastside) along the sideline.


Offensively, veteran wideouts Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) made a handful of catches in 11-on-11 work. Appalachian State returns to the field on Monday for the fourth of 10 practices scheduled for the first eight days of camp. Monday’s workout begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Admission is FREE.



Photo Courtesy: Kameron Bryant, App State Athletics