Appalachian State has turned its focus towards the Jacksonville Dolphins, as the Mountaineers are ready for its home opener this Saturday at Kidd-Brewer Stadium.
The Mountaineers pulled off one of the most memorable comebacks in school history, storming back from a 35-14 deficit to win 42-41. Quarterback DeAndre Presley led the way for the Mountaineers, completing 22 of 29 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for two more touchdowns on the ground.
This week, Devon Moore is expected to back in the Mountaineer backfield as the senior was held out of the Chattanooga game due to a nagging injury. Devin Radford and Cedric Baker held their own on the ground, gaining a combined 132 yards on 23 carries. Through the air, Brian Quick and Matt Cline led the way for the Mountaineers. Quick grabbed five passes for 121 yards while Cline reeled in a team-high eight catches for 89 yards.
Jacksonville will counter back with a balanced offensive attack that will try to pull off the huge upset against the Mountaineers. Quarterback Josh McGregor, who was very instrumental in the team’s opening season victory over Old Dominion last week, leads the Dolphins into this tilt with App State. McGregor completed 24 passes and threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, leading his team to a 35-25 win. The Dolphin rushing attack begins with senior tailback Rudell Small. The 5’10”, 205-pounder carried the ball 19 times last week for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
The Mountaineers played the Dolphins in 2008 in front of over 30,000 people to celebrate the 2007 National Championship that the team had won in Chattanooga. Jacksonville was in trouble from the beginning as ASU scored early and often on the way to a 56-7 victory.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m.