Mountaineers scrimmage a second time
by Staff Reports
Appalachian State's football team officially hit the midway point of its preseason on Wednesday when it practiced twice at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Wednesday's practices were Appalachian State's 15th and 16th of the year. The Mountaineers are scheduled to practice 30 times before they take the field for the season opener at Montana on Aug. 31.
Appalachian's two-a-day practices on Wednesday included a relatively light hour-long morning workout followed by the squad's second full intrasquad scrimmage of fall camp in the afternoon.
The 93-play scrimmage included 18 series -- 14 that began on the offense's 35-yard line and four red-zone series that started at the defense's 12-yard line. Appalachian's offense racked up 408 yards over 89 snaps (46 passes, 43 rushes) and scored six times -- four times in the 14 regular possessions (two touchdowns and two field goals) and twice in the four red-zone series (a touchdown and a field goal).
Starting quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson turned in perhaps his finest performance since fall camp began nearly two weeks ago, completing 19-of-23 passes without an interception for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Despite being on the field for just six series, Londry-Jackson engineered all four of the Mountaineers' full-field scoring drives.
He tossed touchdown passes of 49 yards to true freshman running back Marcus Cox and 11 yards to redshirt freshman tight end Barrett Burns and also led drives that culminated with 41- and 38-yard field goals by senior Drew Stewart and sophomore Zach Matics respectively.
All-America wide receiver Sean Price was Londry-Jackson's favorite target, catching four passes for a team-high 50 yards. Andrew Peacock = finished with a team-high five receptions. Simms McElfresh added four catches for 44 yards.
With sophomore Ricky Fergerson sitting out of the scrimmage with a minor injury, redshirt freshman Paul Magloire carried the load at running back by gaining 53 yards on 11 carries. Both were team highs.
Magloire scored on a four-yard touchdown run during the second of four red-zone series at the end of practice. Cox added 23 yards on six carries and fellow true freshman Terrence Upshaw toted the ball six times for 24 yards.
Defensively, Appalachian State forced three turnovers, highlighted by sophomore Aaron Krah intercepting a Kameron Bryant pass in the end zone and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown.
True freshman Tyrell Brown also had an interception and Deuce Robinson recovered a fumble to round out the three takeaways. Robinson also recorded two tackles for loss and a sack while freshman Nathaniel Norwood had two stops behind the line of scrimmage and a pass breakup.