Peacock sets new career receiving record
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Even in a season when the victories are few, Appalachian State's offense can still set records.
Mountaineers receiver Andrew Peacock set the team's career receptions record by catching seven passes for 54 yards in the Mountaineers 33-21 victory over Wofford Saturday at Gibbs Stadium.
He currently has 206 receptions with one game left, a home showdown with Western Carolina, Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Peacock, who went into the game with 199 career receptions for 1,999 career yards, tied the old record of 202 set by Brian Quick from 2007-11 in the third quarter with a 7-yard reception that went to the Wofford 1-yard line.
Mountaineers running back Marcus Cox scored the next play on a 1-yard run to give the Mountaineers a 17-14 lead.
Peacock credited his teammates and coaches for making him a better player.
"It's definitely hard work," Peacock said. "The hard work that me and all these guys put in is just a reflection on the team. These guys push me so much, the coaches push me so much, we motivate each other doing what we're doing. This record is nothing without these guys and I told them that."
Peacock set the new record with another 7-yard reception on the first play of the Mountaineers' next drive. He currently has 206 receptions for 2,053 yards. His 12-yard catch on the Mountaineers first play of the game made him the fifth App State receiver to gain more than 2,000 yards receiving in the program's history.
Peacock said he was a bit disappointed that the catch that tied the record didn't end up in a touchdown. He caught the pass at the Wofford 5-yard line, but was stopped short at the 1.
"I was trying my hardest to get into the end zone," Peacock said. "That would have been awesome definitely. For the team, it would have been awesome. I was trying to get it in there, but (the Wofford defender) stopped me short."
He currently leads the SoCon with 76 receptions. That's 16 more catches than his teammate, Tony Washington, who is in second place in the SoCon with Samford's Kelsey Pope with 60.
It doesn't hurt that Mountaineers quarterback Kameron Bryant has completed 71.6 of his passes, and has a 148.5 efficiency rating despite the Mountaineers 3-8 record.
"It's definitely been a tough season, but it shows that what we can be," Peacock said. "It shows the talent we have and how awesome of a team we can be when we put everything together."