Price named Freshman of the Week
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Breitenstein broke the Southern Conference’s single-game rushing record with 321 yards on 27 carries. He became just the third player in league history to run for more than 300 yards in one game. He scored on a 90-yard run on his first carry of the game, and finished the first half with 228 yards, which was four yards shy of the single game record for a half.
“He had a great game against us last year at Wofford,” Elon coach Jason Swepson said. “I thought we had prepared for him, but they came in with a nice trap scheme and really got us thinking we couldn’t stop him. We tried several different things and we just couldn’t stop him.”
Swepson felt that Breitenstein could be playing in the NFL after graduation.
“He has the opportunity to play Sundays at the fullback position in a pro offense,” Swepson said. “He’s got that will to succeed and that will to win.”
Backup quarterback Kameron Bryant is going to have surgery to repair an injured knee suffered in the fourth quarter of Appalachian State’s 55-14 win against Coastal Carolina Saturday.
Mountaineers head coach Jerry Moore said during the Southern Conference’s teleconference call Tuesday that Bryant would have the surgery, but did not say when.
The Mountaineers went into the season with three active quarterbacks. Jamal Jackson is the starter, while Bryant and West Wilkes graduate Logan Hallock is the backup. Kalik Barnes is on the roster, but has been suspended from playing in all games during the season. Barnes is allowed to practice.
Moore expressed confidence that Hallock could handle the quarterback duties if needed.
“We’ve have a lot of confidence in Logan Hallock all along,” Moore said. “We kept trying to get Kam ready to play and we put Logan a little on the back burner. He’s a sharp kid who is a good athlete in high school in baseball and football.”
He was the holder for field goals and extra points last year, but punter Sam Martin handles those duties this season. Hallock is the backup.
PRICE ALSO HONORED
The Southern Conference named Appalachian State receiver Sean Price the Freshman of the Week.
Price caught eight passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the Mountaineers’ 55-14 pasting of Coastal Carolina Saturday.
One of those touchdowns was a 75-yarder down the middle of the field. He was wide open and outran the Coastal Carolina secondary to the end zone.
It is the third straight game Price has gained at least 100 yards receiving. He leads the team with 26 catches for 361 yards and five touchdowns, despite playing in just three of the Mountaineers’ five games.
Price was suspended for the season opener at East Carolina and ASU’s 52-28 loss to The Citadel for a violation of team rules.
Price averages 120.3 yards per game, which would put him fifth nationally if he had played in more games. He would also be sixth nationally with 8.7 receptions per game if he qualified.
Only Brian Quick (2011) DaVon Fowlkes (2004) and Bob Agle (1968) have gained more than 100 yards in three straight games receiving.
“He’s taking the place of Quick,” Swepson said. “I saw him catch that 75-yard touchdown right down the middle. It was a beautiful throw and catch.”
ASU UP TO 14
Appalachian State moved up two spots to No. 14 in the AFCA coaches’ poll and two spots to No. 15 in The Sports Network poll.
The Mountaineers are the third highest-ranked team from the SoCon. Wofford is No. 5 in the coaches’ poll and No. 6 in The Sports Network.
Georgia Southern is eighth in both polls. The Citadel, which lost to Chattanooga 28-10 last week, slipped to 19 in The Sports Network poll and No. 22 in the coaches’ poll.
North Dakota State is still No. 1 in both polls. The Bison grabbed all 26 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll, and had 156 of the 162 votes in The Sports Network poll.