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Originally published: 2014-03-17 23:16:47
Last modified: 2014-03-17 23:17:32

Mountaineers return for spring practice

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

One of the goals of Appalachian State football coach Scott Satterfield was to knock some spring break rust off his players when the Mountaineers practiced Monday at the Sofield Indoor practice facility.

The Mountaineers did their best to get back into the swing of spring workouts with a two-hour practice following the pro day at App State. The team worked on a variety of things in helmets.

"It was good to get back with the guys and we were a little lethargic early, but it was good to get back on the field," App State quarterback Kameron Bryant said. "We picked it up near the end and it turned into a pretty good practice."

They'll go again Wednesday either at Kidd Brewer Stadium or at Sofield, depending on the weather.

"We were a little sluggish today after spring break," Satterfield said. "That's to be expected on your first day back when everybody's gone for a week-and-a-half."

Satterfield wanted the Mountaineers, particularly on offense, to increase their tempo during plays. Music was blaring over the loudspeakers during practice when the offense was running 7-on-7 against the defense.

"We wanted to make it the hardest we could possibly make it in practice and make our kids have to communicate," Satterfield said. "Today, we didn't do as well as getting the reps we wanted to get, so we'll come back Wednesday and pick that back up."

Several position groups did extra conditioning with their coaches after practice. Some went longer than others.

"With the week off, we have to get back in shape," linebacker John Law said. "We have to get back to football shape."

Law liked the idea of returning to the field after taking a week off.

"It felt good to being back to football," Law said. "We've been doing so much training and lifting and running and that type of thing, so it's always good to get back to some football."