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Originally published: 2013-09-17 17:08:20
Last modified: 2013-09-17 17:09:04

Open competition

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

When Appalachian State plays at Elon at 6 p.m. Saturday, somebody will have to be the starting quarterback.
Who that starter will be is  unknown, at least as of Tuesday morning.
Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said during the weekly Southern Conference teleconference call that the position is still unsettled, and that whoever has the best week of practice -- be it Jamal Londry-Jackson or Kameron Bryant -- will likely be the starter on Saturday.
"We'll see which one takes charge this week," Satterfield said. "Kam has played in the games and played well. We'll practice the next few days to see which one goes."
Appalachian State's passing game leads the Southern Conference by averaging 258.0 yards per game. Individually, Bryant is second in the SoCon in passing, having completed 29-of-43 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.
Londry-Jackson, the starter in the first two games, is fifth in the SoCon in passing. He has completed 24-of-41 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Both quarterbacks could benefit from a better running game. The Mountaineers are dead last in the league at 95.0 per game, and are the only team in the conference not averaging at least 100 yards per outing on the ground.
App State is also last in the league in scoring at 13.5 points per game. The Mountaineers lost 30-6 to Montana in their first game on Aug. 31 and 24-21 to North Carolina A&T one week later.
Satterfield said a lack of big plays have hurt the Mountaineers' production. Londry-Jackson produced a long drive for a touchdown on the Mountaineers' first drive against N.C. A&T, but no other points.
Bryant engineered two late-game touchdowns against the Aggies, but nothing in the third quarter. Bryant also drove the Mountaineers to a pair of field goals in the road loss to Montana.
"One thing we really haven't done is make big plays," Satterfield said.