Appalachian State Mountaineers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 11-2
Appalachian State Mountaineers 2016 Preview
Scott Satterfield hopes to lead the Appalachian State Mountaineers to the 2016 Sun Belt crown.
Overview: Appalachian State was a team that could win on either side of the ball as they outscored opponents 37-19 and with many of the pieces back are looking to take the next step.
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Offense: The Appalachian State was as potent as any team in the Sun Belt with the ability to run and throw with equal effectiveness. ASU quarterback Taylor Lamb returns after throwing for nearly 2,400 yards with 31 TD’s and nine picks on 60% while rushing for 507 yards at around seven yards per pop. The one area of concern is Shaedon Meadors is the leading ASU receiver back with 21 catches with Jaylan Barbour likely to assume a bigger role in he passing attack. The Mountaineers have plenty of options on the ground with Marcus Cox totaling over 1,400 yards while Jalin Moore and Terrance Upshaw added 731 yards and 442 yards respectively that will run behind an O-Line that loses two starters.
Defense: The Mountaineers defense returns nine starters so opponents won’t move the chains and find the endzone very easily once again. ASU loses DE Ronald Blair with his 19 TFL and 7.5 sacks while the trio of Olawale Dada, Tyson Fernandez and Nate Norwood combined for 16.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks so the loss of Blair is significant. The Appalachian State linebacking unit is in good shape with their top five back with Eric Boggs and John Law combining for 17 TFL and eight sacks. A veteran secondary returns seven of eight with corner Latrell Gibbs leading the Mountaineers with 12 passes broken up while recording seven interceptions.
Special Teams: Bentlee Critcher will handle the ASU punting duties while Michael Rubino might have the inside track as placekicker while Gibbs and Jaquil Capel are penciled in as kick returners.
Outlook: The Mountaineers might lean on their defense a bit more but that might be splitting hairs because scoring won’t be an issue. ASU is a great team that have to be one of the favorites to win the conference.
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