Appalachian State University football held the third of 15 NCAA-permitted spring practices on Tuesday evening at Kidd Brewer Stadium. For the first time this spring, Appalachian State strapped on shoulder
pads for Tuesdays practice. Despite the addition of pads and limited contact, the lightning-fast tempo from the first two practices of the spring carried into Tuesday two-hour session.
The work that the Mountaineers put in during their offseason conditioning program was also evident on Tuesday, as many players were forced to take nearly every rep at the break-neck pace because several players missed practice due to academic obligations. The conflicts with classes arose due to the fact that Appalachian isnt scheduled to practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays this spring but was forced to alter this weeks schedule because of Mondays winter weather.
Both sides of the ball had highlights during the 28-play 11-on-11 period that closed Tuesdays practice. Offensively, Appalachian State scored a pair of long touchdowns on well-executed passes from Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) to Trey Kavanaugh (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and Logan Hallock (Ferguson, N.C./West Wilkes) to Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah). However, outside of those two offensive highlights, Appalachian States defense was stellar. Despite having more players out of action than their offensive counterparts due to class and injuries, the defense made plays all over the field and held the offense in check for much of the 11-on-11 period.
Appalachian State will hold one more practice this week before taking a week off for spring break. Following spring break, the Mountaineers return to the practice field for three-straight weeks, culminating with Appalachians spring game on Friday, April 4 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Photo Courtesy: Logan Hallock, ASU Athleitcs