Also like Sunday, which was the Mountaineers first practice of the year in shoulder pads, App State dedicated two of the final three periods of Mondays session to 11-on-11 work.
Appalachians defense stood out for most of the early portions of the 11-on-11 drills. True freshman inside linebacker Devan Stringer (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) provided the biggest highlight when he dropped back and intercepted a pass that he returned for what might have been a touchdown in game conditions.
Other defensive highlights during 11-on-11 drills included pass breakups by Stringer, sophomore inside linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) and junior safety Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland), stops behind the line of scrimmage by Law, fellow first-team ILB Brandon McGowan (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) and outside linebacker Osvaldo Sombo (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and a sack by sophomore outside linebacker Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville).
The offense gained back some momentum towards the end of the 11-on-11 drills. Starting quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) began the rally with back-to-back nifty completions to junior wideout Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) and sophomore tight end Jacob McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford). Redshirt freshman Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) followed by completing consecutive long passes to fellow redshirt freshman Dante Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Southwest Raleigh) and junior wideout Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta). A couple plays later, running back Ricky Fergerson (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina) turned in the biggest running play of the afternoon with a long gain on a carry off right tackle.
Appalachian State straps on full pads for the first time this season on Tuesday. Tuesdays practice begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Admission is FREE.
Photo Courtesy: John Law, App State Athletics