Appalachian State University football closed Wednesday’s sixth practice of the season with a 79-play scrimmage at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The vast majority of Wednesday’s scrimmage featured Appalachian State’s offense and defense squaring off in pre-determined situations rather than moving the ball up and down the field. Third-down situations were featured prominently with third-and-three, third-and-six, third-and-eight and third-and-12 making up 35 of the scrimmage’s 79 plays. The rest of the scrimmage was dedicated to first down at the defense’s 24-, 12-, eight- and four-yard lines and two live series beginning at the offense’s 42-yard line.



Appalachian’s defense recorded 15 tackles for loss on the afternoon, nine of which came on third downs. Seven of the 15 TFL were sacks. The Mountaineer defense also forced three turnovers.


Senior insider linebacker Brandon McGowan (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) and redshirt freshman defensive back Treyon Garnett (Miami, Fla./Miami Beach) intercepted passes for the first two turnovers while the final one came on a vicious hit by redshirt freshman George Vinson (Damascus, Md./Damascus) that jarred the ball loose from junior running back Eric Davidson (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford).


McGowan finished with a tackle for loss to go along with the interception, which he returned more than 50 yards for a touchdown. Junior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) added a tackle for loss and a pass break-up and true freshman linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) chipped in with two TFL and a sack to help lead the defensive effort.


Offensively, sophomore Doak Walker Award candidate Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) made the most of his limited opportunities with a 36-yard run and 20-yard reception.


In the first-team offense’s only live series, incumbent starting quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) led the Mountaineers on a four-play, 58-yard scoring drive by completing a seven-yard pass to true freshman Jaylan Barbour (Monroe, N.C./Monroe) on third-and-10 and a 51-yard touchdown strike to junior Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) on fourth-and-three.


Bryant completed 9-of-16 passes during the scrimmage and redshirt freshman Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) connected on 10-of-15 throws while leading the second team. True freshman Isaiah Lewis (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest) led all receivers with four catches while Beathard had three receptions and Cox, junior Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett), sophomore tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) and true freshman Jordan Noil (Duluth, Ga./Norcross) added two apiece.


Appalachian State returns to the field on Thursday for its first two-a-day practices of the season. Practices are slated for 9:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium and are open to the public. Admission is FREE.


Photo Courtesy: Ronald blair, App State Athletics