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Originally published: 2013-10-17 13:32:59
Last modified: 2013-10-17 13:33:44

App State has much to fix

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

When a team is unbeaten, the question facing it is usually who can beat them?
When a team is 1-5, such as Appalachian State, the question is what is wrong with those guys?
Head coach Scott Satterfield has been trying to figure that out since the Mountaineers started this season with a 30-6 loss to Montana. Appalachian State fell hard 34-10 to Samford on Saturday after gaining a season low 223 yards.
There were plenty of things for Satterfield to consider. App State quarterback Kameron Bryant completed 20-of-33 passes and did not throw an interception, but his 156 yards averaged out to just 7.8 yards per completion.
It also didn't help that he was sacked five times for 58 yards in losses.
The running game did not help matters as much as it has in past games. Marcus Cox was limited to 79 yards rushing on 18 carries, but because of the sacks, App State was held to 67 rushing yards.
"It's a combination of things," Satterfield said on the Southern Conference teleconference Tuesday. "Obviously we had five sacks and you never want to do that. We've been good with that throughout the seaon. We had six sacks in five games, so on Saturday we had a couple of things go wrong up front. When you lose like that, you're not going to make a lot of first downs."
Appalachian State's offense did not receive good news Sunday after standout receiver Sean Price was arrested for the second time this season, this time for assault. Price was dismissed from the team.
Satterfield said Malachi Jones would take Price's place. Jones, a sophomore, has five catches for 59 yards and no touchdowns.
Other receivers such as Simms McElfresh, Andrew Peacock and Bobo Beathard will have to increase their roles.
"He's practiced well the last two or three weeks," Satterfield said of Jones. "We'll also use Tony Washington on the outside."
Satterfield also wants to get more out of his passing game from his quarterback and receivers.
"A couple of times he was late with the ball and sometimes floated the ball instead of trusting his receivers and getting the ball out front and letting the guys go get the ball," Satterfield said. "There were times when our receivers had both hands on the ball and didn't come down with it."