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Originally published: 2013-03-23 22:10:46
Last modified: 2013-03-23 22:10:46

ASU opens spring football practice

by Staff Reports

Scott Satterfield has walked on to the Kidd Brewer Stadium turf as a player at Appalachian State and as an assistant coach at ASU. Friday night, he walked on to the turf as the Mountaineers’ head football coach.
Satterfield led the Mountaineers through their first workout of 2013 on a chilly Friday afternoon.  Appalachian State practiced for two hours on an overcast day with unseasonably cool temperatures in the 30s.
Per NCAA regulations, the Mountaineers wore helmets and sweats for the noncontact workout.
While much of the spring’s first practice was dedicated to fundamentals during individual and group drills, the day also included extensive focus on special teams and several periods of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work.
“It was a great day,” Satterfield said. “There was a lot of energy and a lot of intensity. Of course, there are a lot of areas that we can get better, but I was pleased with the effort and the work that we’ve put in to get to this point.”
Appalachian State was without its top two quarterbacks. Returning starter Jamal Londry-Jackson and Kameron Bryant are both recovering from knee injuries suffered from last season.
That left Logan Hallock, Kalik Barnes and former Avery standout Alex Villanueva getting most of the reps during practice. Hallock was the backup last season when Jackson hurt his knee against Western Carolina.
So, it was no surprise that Appalachian State’s defense held the upper hand during the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 periods.  Four interceptions during the latter stages of the afternoon highlighted an impressive showing by the defense in its first day under the tutelage of new defensive coordinator Nate Woody.
Sophomore Doug Middleton, who was back on the field for the first time since sustaining a foot injury in last season’s opener at East Carolina, picked off two passes during 7-on-7 drills.
During 11-on-11 work, senior Patrick Blalock and true freshman Anthony Covington both intercepted passes.
Covington’s interception was particularly impressive. An early graduate from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, who enrolled early at Appalachian State, showed great athleticism by grabbing a tipped ball out of the air and taking it back for a long return.
Offensively, receiver Sean Price appeared to pick up right where he left off last season when he set NCAA Division I FCS freshman records with 81 receptions and 1,196 receiving yards last fall.
 Price made several fine catches during 7-on-7 drills.
Fellow sophomore receiver Malachi Jones caught a pair of passes from Hallock during the 11-on-11 periods for nice gains.
The non-contact practice did not feature much of the run game. Eric Davidson, a mid-year transfer from Utah, picked up a large chunk of yardage on a rush during 11-on-11 drills.