Rebounding App State hosts North Carolina A&T
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
North Carolina A&T is playing in its first game of the 2013 season, which means Appalachian State does not have any current film on the Aggies. Appalachian State is not only on film, but its 30-6 loss at Montana on Aug. 31 was broadcast on ESPN 3.
The Aggies, which was ranked near the bottom of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference stats in offense in 2012, brought in new offensive coordinator Ricky Bustle to fix any problems from last year. Appalachian State can get an idea of what to expect by watching film of teams Bustle has coached in the past; most recently as the running backs coach at Southern Mississippi.
Bustle was also the quarterbacks coach at Tulane in 2011 and head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2002-to-2010.
"It's pretty much difficult to prepare for one side of the ball," Satterfield said. "Their defensive coordinator is the same, so we're looking at what they did last year. They're pretty much the same. What's difficult is the new offensive coordinator. We have no idea what they are going to do offensively."
Appalachian State is not the only team that has problems with the North Carolina A&T offense. The Aggies have to deal with the fact that it won't have starting quarterback Lewis Kindle.
Kindle was suspended for a game for disciplinary reasons, which means sophomore Kwashaun Quick, who threw for 256 yards in 2012, takes over the Aggies' offense on Saturday.
North Carolina A&T coach Rod Broadway, who led the Aggies to a 7-4 record in 2012, said that the Aggies won't change all that much offensively, but wants to be better on offense in 2013.
"We'll do basically the same we've always done," Broadway said. "Hopefully, we'll be more productive. I'm anxious to see where we are. It's why this is so valuable for us to play one of the top teams in the country."
North Carolina A&T features one of the top kick returners and defensive backs in the country in D'Vonte Graham. A preseason All-American punt returner, Graham returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in the same game he returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown.
Graham also returned a fumble 10 yards for a score, which gave him one less touchdown than the entire North Carolina A&T receiving corps.
"In their secondary, they're pretty good," Satterfield said. "They've got an All-American at corner and a return specialist."
Appalachian State quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson completed 13-of-21 passes for 89 yards and no touchdowns against Montana. Londry-Jackson was dealing with an "upper body" injury for much of the game after being hit hard in the second quarter.
Backup quarterback Kameron Bryant led the Mountaineers to two Drew Stewart field goals, but also fumbled the ball away at the 5-yard line in the third quarter.
Broadway was not buying the idea that the Mountaineers would be any less than a true test for his Aggies.
"It will be a tough challenge for us, but it's one we look forward to," Broadway said. "We're anxious to go to Boone and play Appalachian State and see where we are as a football team. I don't know where we are, but hopefully we'll play well and give ourselves a chance to win a football game."
Broadway is also not concerned that the Mountaineers will use the Aggies as a way to redeem themselves for the 23-point loss suffered at Montana.