Mountaineers open spring workouts
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Mountaineers return several starters from a team that finished 4-8 in its final season in the Southern Conference. Next fall, the Mountaineers move to the Sun Belt in their first Football Bowl Subdivision season.
Up first is Michigan, which is still smarting from a 34-32 loss to the Mountaineers at the Big House in 2007, on Aug. 30.
Appalachian State took its first steps to upsetting Michigan again Friday. Head coach Scott Satterfield liked the crispness and the quick tempo of the workout on both sides of the ball.
"I thought it was a good day for a first day," Satterfield said. "One of the things we wanted to emphasize is tempo and we did that. We still have to get better, but I thought we picked up where we left off from last month."
Satterfield felt that the offseason programs the Mountaineers went through during the winter months were energetic and helped prepare them for their practice Friday.
The Mountaineers put competitive stakes into conditioning and weight lifting, which helped them add urgency to the drills.
"We worked in a lot of competition that transferred into this year," Satterfield said. "We've been lifting four days a week, and all of the adversity that you faced during the winter conditioning translates on to the field. These guys really responded today. When we get the pads on, we'll really see where we are."
The competition at quarterback should be one that will heat up as the spring weather gets better. Incumbent Kameron Bryant, a redshirt sophomore, is battling redshirt freshman Taylor Lamb, true freshman J.P. Caruso and senior Logan Hallock for the position.
Caruso graduated high school a semester early so he could enroll in App State's second semester. That allowed him to be able to participate in spring workouts.
"I'm looking forward to the competition at quarterback with Taylor Lamb and P.J. Caruso and Logan Hallock," Satterfield said. "Those guys are really battling at that position, so it will be fun to watch this spring."
Satterfield said he was impressed with Bryant's leadership during the offseason workouts.
"Kam's been a solid leader as far as the offseason has gone," Satterfield said. "We pass out black shirts to those who give extra effort during winter conditioning and he's got the most throughout that time. He's got a work ethic that you want."
Rob Moore contributed to this story