App State hosts Charleston Southern
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Mountaineers were ripped 52-28 by The Citadel, who use the wingbone option offense. So does Wofford, which also beat Appalachian State last season.
On Saturday, App State takes on Charleston Southern who runs the option offense that Mountaineers head coach Scott Satterfield said looks more like Wofford than The Citadel.
"They're a little different," Satterfield said. "They're not like The Citadel. They're a little more like Wofford. They run the option out of the shotgun and they have the ability to throw the ball a little more than Georgia Southern. They don't throw it a ton, but they have the ability to do it."
Appalachian State's defense was strong for three quarters in the Mountaineers' 31-21 victory over Elon the previous week. App State gave up two fourth quarter touchdowns after taking a 24-7 lead.
Satterfield said App State's new defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who was the defensive coordinator at Wofford for 13 seasons, has a good grasp on how to stop the triple option. But Satterfield also said that the players have to execute the Mountaineers' game plan or else the coaching doesn't matter.
"Our guys have to go out and make plays," Satterfield said. "We're playing a lot of young guys on the defensive front. They have to hold their integrity in the gaps and not get out of position."
Appalachian State linebacker John Law made plenty of big plays against Elon. Law picked off two passes and recovered a fumble during the game to go with his 15 tackles.
Law was named the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Week.
"I felt we came out with good intensity and played pretty much mistake free," Satterfield said. "Eventually, they hit some big plays and the defense gave up some yards, but we held them out of the end zone. I was proud of the guys for the way they finished it off with the last drive and basically melted the clock almost all the way out."
The guy who worked the clock for the Mountaineers' final touchdown drive was freshman running back Marcus Cox, who had 308 total yards against the Phoenix. Cox gained all 75 yards of the Mountaineers' final touchdown drive, which he capped with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Cox gained 159 yards on 25 carries in his first collegiate start. He also caught five passes for 149 yards and touchdowns of 50 and 73 yards in the first half.
"One thing we've tried to emphasize is that we have not been able to run the ball in our last two games," Satterfield said. "It was Marcus' opportunity to run the football. He showed good poise back there. He's a good reader of defense and he's a hard person to tackle."
Satterfield said the starting quarterback would be a game-time decision. Jamal Londry-Jackson was the starter against Elon, and played the first quarter. Kameron Bryant played the second quarter and most of the second half.
Both quarterbacks were efficient. Londry-Jackson completed 16-of-21 passes for 205 and a touchdown, while Bryant hit 9-of-12 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
"We'll do it like last week," Satterfield said. "Jamal's been working hard and Kameron has been solid all year."
Appalachian State's quarterbacks welcomed back Sean Price, who was suspended for violating team rules for the first two games. Price grabbed eight passes for 99 yards and a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
The Mountaineers' offense also had to overcome Elon punter David Petroni, who placed five punts inside the Mountaineers' 20-yard line.