BOONE, NC — One team we haven’t talked about much this preseason is the boys from Boone, Appalachian State. Last year was a whirlwind for the Mountaineers.
They opened their first season of FBS play by losing five of six games and looking completely lost at a new level of play. Then, everything changed. App found itself, finishing the season by winning six straight and finishing 7-5.
Now, the Mountaineers expect that experience to pay off in a big way in year two at the top level of college football.
“Toward the end of the year, we were just working harder on our weaknesses,” said linebacker John Law. “You know, we did what we did good from the beginning. We always did the good things good, so we had to go back and take a look at what we didn’t do well and try to fight hard to improve on those things.”
“We did change our offensive line, but I think one of the best things we did was we were persistent,” said lineman Jesse Chapman. “We just didn’t give up. You know, we had a lot of things to be down about, not playing for a bowl, kind of already being behind on the Sun Belt championship, but we really just kept working and doing what the coach told us, and it ended up paying off.”
Appalachian State opens its season September 5th at home against Howard on Hall of Fame Day.