Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator Frank Ponce had his "first" press conference as the new Mountaineer playcaller, but it was hardly an unfamiliar setting for the six-season App State … For more information on Buccaneer football, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the football page. Below are comments from Coach Sanders, Blackmon and Player: Sanders on how he feels heading into game one:“I remember the first game last year, gosh there were some things I saw out there on that field that scared me. Coastal Carolina's Michael McFarlane reacts during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in … New Appalachian State football coach Shawn Clark applied a unique description of his team’s unstoppable running game in this unique 2020 season. I think since they went to FBS they are 21-3 at home. Since moving up to FBS from the Southern Conference in 2014, Appalachian State is 56-17. 1️⃣ꜱᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇ 1️⃣ꜱᴛ ᴛᴇᴀᴍ! Appalachian State running back Camerun Peoples (6) runs past North Texas defensive back Upton Stout (18) during the inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. The wrestling team remains in the Southern Conference because the Sun Belt does not sponsor the sport. Myrtle Beach Bowl: Appalachian State 56, Tulane 28. The Mountaineers have won all five of their bowl games since joining the Football Bowl … The first thing a quarterback has to do is be able to hit what he throws at. It's been a different transition. Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas (12) is knocked out of bounds, after making a first down, by Louisiana-Lafayette safety Bralen Trahan (24) during an NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Boone, N.C. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP, Pool) Shawn Clark, admittedly, could not keep up with the social media posts. They're not the biggest team, but the speed is a big concern for me. It's going to be a different challenge from what they've seen, this fall. But definitely their speed.”, On staying composed in a noisy environment:“I think I saw the other day it was a 30,000-seat stadium, so it’s going to be pretty full. Get a summary of the Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Texas State Bobcats football game. I started last spring working on it and we were working throughout the summer. I have to learn a lot and put a lot of work in. I'm anxious to see how we play in the first game but I know that we're going to continue to get better. The Mountaineers have won all five of their bowl games since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision before the 2015 season. CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Camerun Peoples and Appalachian State began college football's virus-impacted bowl season with a record-breaking show at the Myrtle Beach Bowl on Monday.Peoples ran for a bowl-record 317 yards and tied another mark with five rushing touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers past North Texas 56-28.“This is probably one of the most memorable football … I think he started a game or two at Coastal [Carolina]. Appalachian State and North Texas start the COVID-19 college football bowl season in the first-ever Myrtle Beach Bowl on Monday. After last week’s 35-20 season-opening win over visiting Charlotte, the Mountaineers landed in the AP Top 25 poll. That's why we are putting all those hours in during camp. The Mountaineers finished 9 … Former Appalachian State head football coach Eli Drinkwitz was introduced as Missouri's 33rd head coach in program history Tuesday. Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator Frank Ponce had his "first" press conference as the new Mountaineer playcaller, but it was hardly an unfamiliar setting for the six-season App State veteran. Once you get to a point, loud is just loud. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Slot to Appalachian State Mountaineers Newsletter. There are several of them that will definitely benefit if they can redshirt because they’ll be a better player when they're 22 than they are when they're 17 or 18. The coach that first year was Graydon Eggers. I've had to work on some things normally I wouldn't have to do like: study a little bit more, watch film on other players, guys on my play, guys in the NFL; just kind of learn things like that. They have the same players, so all players have tendencies. To make that transition and to do what they've done, go 21-3 at home, win four bowl games in your first four years of eligibility, it's going to be a challenge.”, On how the secondary will fair against the Mountaineers:“They're going to be tested unlike what they've been tested so far this fall camp. He has some maturity. He's been around a little bit. “We have […] Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Tips for Athletic Boosters (Do's and Don'ts). WHAT’S AT STAKEAppalachian State looks to keep its perfect postseason record intact. And if we just do that, I like our chances when the game ends.”, On matching up with their offense:“The thing that stood out to me the most was their O-line and how quick they were off the ball. Clark and the Mountaineers try to keep cooking up wins Saturday at Marshall. The Greensboro News & Record reported Monday that in-person classes at Appalachian State won’t begin until Feb. 1. The ones that can help us win, we'll get them on the field and go after it this year.”, On what he sees in Appalachian State:“I see a good football team. Appalachian State has some really talented receivers. He hits what he throws at more than the rest of them did. Appalachian State gets the safety after Louisiana long snapper Paul Boudreaux snaps the ball over the punter's head into the end zone. The Mountaineers competed as an independent before joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) North State Conference as a charter member in 1931. So, the only uncertainty is really just the scheme of how, which they play with. The final buzzer on Appalachian State’s football season came on Dec. 21, with the … It can't get lackadaisical from that standpoint. The Mountaineers will make their bowl game appearance fresh off a 34-26 road win over Georgia Southern on Dec. 12. Everything has been different, but it's going all right.”, On difficulty of Appalachian State’s defense:“I think defensively, like Coach Sanders said, their speed. I think we're getting faster, but we're not where they are yet from a speed standpoint. We haven't seen them play with that coaching staff yet. Trending news, game recaps, highlights, player information, rumors, videos and more from FOX Sports. Early history (1928–1970) Appalachian State began playing organized football in 1928. It doesn't matter what color their jersey is, what the name is on the helmet, or logo, or anything else. I've never been around a team this young. Eliah Drinkwitz introduced as Appalachian State head football coach Get team statistics for the Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. North Texas Mean Green football game. Then defensively they've got a whole lot of guys that can play. We knew it was going to be a long process, but we're here now so we're ready to go out and play.”, On moving from guard to center:“It's been hard playing guard for four years and then moving over to center now that Pyke's gone. I expect it to be a challenge, and we're going to have to cue in on the quarterback's cadence and really listen to him. Ethan Joyce Appalachian State football coach Shawn Clark held his weekly press conference on Monday. I've put in a lot of hours throughout the summer. Get a summary of the Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. North Texas Mean Green football game. Head coach Randy Sanders, redshirt- senior defensive lineman Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C. )and redshirt-senior offensive lineman Ben Blackmon (Newberry, S.C.) met the media on Monday inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. Like he'll still have that tendency no matter what scheme they do.”, On game one arriving: “That's what we came here for. ... All College Football News 2020 Sun Belt Conference … I expect them to grow and to mature. Football Press Conference: Appalachian State. So that's a little bit different. They've got their leading receiver returning, most of their offensive line returning. The OFFICIAL Facebook page of App State Football, North Carolina's championship football program. 10. App State has a first-team FBS All-American for the first time with CB Shemar Jean-Charles' honor from the Walter Camp Football Foundation. But I do think the speed is going to be a little bit of a shock to them.”, On why Chance Thrasher won the starting job:“He is an athletic guy. They' got a quarterback returning. There's some of them that will end up helping us this year. Schematically, it was kind of hard to pinpoint what they're going to do and how they're going to line up. Why Bet On Appalachian State Appalachian State has gone 8-3 overall and 6-2 in Sun Belt Conference play to finish second in the East division. It doesn't matter how many are in the air. North Texas QB Austin Aune was out due to COVID concerns. Appalachian State fields varsity teams in 17 sports, 7 for men and 10 for women. Whenever you have more freshman than you do sophomores, juniors and seniors combined, it's interesting. Head coach Randy Sanders, redshirt- senior defensive lineman Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C. ) … Peoples gained 319 yards and scored five touchdowns on 23 carries to lead Appalachian State to a 56-28 win. ... the conference said Wednesday night. I mean, 10,000 people can be as loud as 30,000 if everybody's being loud.”. They've got a lot of experience. © 2021 East Tennessee State Athletics. What they've been able to accomplish is absolutely phenomenal. You never really know until you get on in that situation and get them under fire but here we go.”, On what he tells the players heading into Boone:“I tell the players: this is game one, and whoever we play is whoever we play. They've got the leading rusher in their conference returning. It will play in a fifth consecutive bowl game and is in line for a fourth season of 10 or more wins. I do think our passing attack and just what they see, the different route combinations, things like that, will have them pretty well prepared. Football Press Conference: Appalachian State. Pretty much everybody that's on the depth chart listed as a starter played in 12 or 13 games last year for them. The football season teetered between happening and not happening, but Appalachian State managed to get through it in this hectic year. I don't know if anybody's ever done that. It was a late scratch, but Jason Bean is experienced enough to step in and be fine, but he got banged up early.He ended up completing 21-of-36 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns with a pick – he did what he could. ... the conference said Wednesday night. It's going to be interesting. They do a lot of zone stuff so it's either to the left or to the right but they just take really quick steps. ... the conference said Wednesday night. All other sporting events are free of charge and open to the public. 1,420 talking about this. Appalachian State looks to keep its perfect postseason record intact. The official Football page for the Appalachian State University Mountaineers View the latest in Appalachian State Mountaineers, NCAA football news here. I expect them to be better as the season goes on. That is two weeks later than originally planned. Ponce covers the decision to return after two seasons at Louisville, how the App State scheme translated in the ACC, his process for getting to know an entirely new quarterback room, and how his previous tenure at App State helped prepare him for this accelerated role. © 2005-2021 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. We have ideas, but it's not exact. Let's take care of ETSU and let's be the best team ETSU can be on that day. They're a fast defense when you look at them on film. You can just watch a player and pick up on his own tendencies. Camerun Peoples has record-setting day vs. North Texas (1:59) Camerun Peoples rushes for 319 yards and five touchdowns as Appalachian State overpowers North Texas 56-28. All Rights Reserved. If you got one open you got to be able to hit him. We're so young, we're going to continue to get better as the season goes on.”, On the youth of the team:“I've said it several times, we're so young. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN. (0:52) College Football News JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2019) – With kickoff to the 2019 season just five days away, ETSU football met the media on Monday afternoon for the first media luncheon of the year where they discussed the Bucs’ season opener at Appalachian State. I expect it to be loud. It'd be interesting to see how he really responds, how he handles the situation. APP STATE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR FRANK PONCE. The football team competes in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly I-A, as a result of the transition to the Sun Belt. Like Ben said, we don't really know what their new offensive coordinator's going to do so we can't really look at the film and know what to expect on Saturday.”, On how to play against the Mountaineers:“They still have a lot of the same players. He's not 17, 18 years old. Currently enrolled students receive complimentary tickets, and need to print their tickets for football and men's basketball games. ETSU fans wanting to receive Buccaneer news, score updates, in-game promotions and much more sent to their mobile device can do so by signing up for “Buc Updates.” Click here to sign up today! Appalachian State Athletics charges admission for football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and wrestling. Myrtle Beach Bowl: Appalachian State (8-3) vs. North Texas (4-5), Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)Line: Appalachian State by 19 1/2. Earlier in the day Saturday, Drinkwitz led Appalachian State to a 45-38 victory over Louisiana in the Sun Belt title game, pushing App State’s record to 12-1 under the first-year coach. You look, they made the transition from FCS to FBS, and they've been to four bowl games in a row. However, we got a whole lot better as the season went on by the time we got to Jacksonville State. JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2019) – With kickoff to the 2019 season just five days away, ETSU football met the media on Monday afternoon for the first media luncheon of the year where they discussed the Bucs’ season opener at Appalachian State. We've got some really talented young guys, but they're young. Get the latest Appalachian State Football news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report 20; and was ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time in school and Sun Belt history. On July 1, 2014, Appalachian State moved to the Sun Belt Conference. 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