Thursday was another much-anticipated day for Appalachian State University football, as it held its first two-a-day practices of the season at Kidd Brewer Stadium.




The first two-a-day practices didn’t come until the seventh day of fall camp because Appalachian State’s second summer-school session, in which many of the football program’s student-athletes were enrolled, ran through Wednesday. With classes behind them until Aug. 19, the focus for the Mountaineers turned entirely to football on Thursday.


The day’s first practice was held on Thursday morning and was a relatively light workout that spanned a little more than an hour. Less than 24 hours after an intense 79-play scrimmage, App State wore helmets and shorts for a practice that focused more on fundamentals and technique than contact.


The second practice was much more physical, as the Mountaineers donned full pads for an intense two-hour session. As has been the case for much of the first week of fall camp, the practice closed with extensive 11-on-11 work.


True freshman wide receiver Isaiah Lewis (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest) continued his impressive showing in the first week of camp with catches of 15 yards or more on three-consecutive plays during the first 11-on-11 period.


The second 11-on-11 period was dedicated to red-zone action with App State’s offense and defense squaring off in various situations inside the defense’s 20 yard line. The defense was impressive throughout the period, forcing the offense to settle for field goals on several occasions. The offense had its share of highlights as well, headlined by a terrific leaping catch at the goal line by junior Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield), who held on despite being dealt a big hit by a pair of defenders.


Appalachian State practices just once on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The practice is the final one open to the public before the Mountaineers begin installing their gameplan for the season opener at Michigan next week. Admission is FREE.