Patch-work OL comes through for App State
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The offensive line meeting room at Appalachian State may resemble a M*A*S*H* unit this week.
The Mountaineers were shorthanded at the position going into their 33-21 victory over Wofford Saturday at Gibbs Stadium. Jesse Chapman was already starting at center for Graham Fisher and Davante Harris was starting at right tackle for Will Corbin, who was out with the flu.
Starting freshman right guard Parker Collins, starting for injured Alex Acey, had to leave the game with an injury and walked off the field after the game with his left foot in a boot. Tucker Lee replaced Collins
Harris was injured on the same play Collins was. Ian Barnard replaced Harris, though Harris went back into the game.
Kendal Lamm and left guard Shaq Counts were the only two regular starters in the Mountaineers' offensive line Saturday.
"We had three new starters when we started the game," Satterfield said. "Will woke up this morning with the flu and could not play. And then on the same play when we scored, we had two linemen, Parker Collins came out, so now we're down to hardly anything."
Despite the Mountaineers' problems along their offensive line, the Mountaineers rolled up 445 yards of total offense. Appalachian State's 140 yards rushing isn't overwhelming, but running back Marcus Cox finished with 119 yards on 35 carries.
Cox also scored touchdown runs of one, two and three yards.
Quarterback Kameron Bryant threw for 305 yards and was sacked just once, for minus six yards. Bryant completed 33-of-43 attempts. Bryant said he had confidence in the backups since they often had blocked for him in practice when Bryant was the backup to Jamal Londry-Jackson.
"I told Jesse this week that 'Me and you have played together for a long time, just not in the game,'" Bryant said. "I wasn't nervous. I trust those guys and they all rotate in practice. We knew they could do it."
Satterfield gave credit to offensive line coach, and run offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford, for making sure the line still ran smoothly despite the injuries.
"It was an admirable job by coach Ledford to keep that o-line together," Satterfield said. "That's not easy. He had to go in there with three new starters and their front seven is really, really good on their defense and they have been all year. I'm really proud of how they played and the way they finished the game."