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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Appalachian State
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  When Appalachian State needed an extra tight end during the 2017 football season, the West Forsyth grad shifted off the defensive line to offense. When the Mountaineers wanted to add depth on the O-line the next season, Hunter moved inward. He ended up establishing himself as a three-year starter at right guard, becoming an All-Sun Belt first-teamer at that in the 2020 season. Back for the extra year of eligibility given by the NCAA, Hunter has made one more move. This time, it's to the left one spot. He'll be tasked with snapping duties, as well trying to take over for four-year starter Noah Hannon at center. "We've got a lot of work to do, and everybody in here knows it,' Hunter said. "I've got a lot of work to do myself, and I try to come here every day with a lot of energy so that I can learn that center position and get better every single day because I mean, I've got a lot to learn. "I feel like I'm playing well right now, but I want to be great." - Winston-Salem Journal

(DS#48 OG) rSr/2022 OG Baer HunterAppalachian State
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  Serving as one of three options out of the backfield, Peoples used the end of the season to surge ahead and become a 1,100-yard rusher. He ran for 317 of those yards in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, a five-touchdown performance that was an exclamation point to end a long and difficult season. Peoples will be part of a talented running back group once again, which speedster Nate Noel and adds transfer Jahmir Smith from Notre Dame. Daetrich Harrington is also on the mend from an injury that forced him out of the last six games of last season. - Winston-Salem Journal

(DS#32 RB) rSo/2023 RB Camerun PeoplesAppalachian State
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  Starting with a Thursday night game against East Carolina to kick off the college football season in North Carolina, App State will play an exciting 2021 fall schedule in head coach Shawn Clark's second full season at the helm. The Mountaineers, moving forward from a 9-3 campaign and the program's sixth straight bowl win in as many tries, will kick off the fall with back-to-back games in NFL stadiums. A Sept. 2 neutral-site tilt against ECU will be held at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, followed by a Sept. 11 road game at Miami, played at Hard Rock Stadium. Kidd Brewer Stadium will host six games this fall, starting with nonconference matchups against Elon (Sept. 18) and Marshall (Sept. 25). The season ticket renewal deadline is April 30, after which App State plans to sell new season tickets. - High County Press

(DS#27 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jalen VirgilAppalachian State
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  Former Notre Dame running back Jahmir Smith will continue his playing career in his home state of North Carolina. On Monday, Smith announced he committed to Appalachian State as a graduate transfer. Smith stepped away from Notre Dame's football program in October and cited needing to improve his mental health as a reason. Smith later entered the NCAA's transfer portal. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Smith played in Notre Dame's 2020 season opener against Duke, but he did not play again during his junior season. Smith rushed five times for 15 yards as a backup running back against Duke. Smith, who joined the Irish as a three-star recruit out of Sanford (N.C.) Lee County in the 2018 class, finished his Notre Dame career with 53 carries for 223 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games played. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2023 RB Jahmir SmithAppalachian State
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  App State has added graduate transfer and former ACC quarterback Chase Brice, who is enrolled in classes with Tuesday's start to the spring semester. To this point in his college career, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Brice has played in 36 FBS games, taken more than 1,100 snaps, thrown for nearly 3,200 yards and produced 19 touchdown passes. He led a fourth-quarter comeback during Clemson's national championship season in 2018 and started every game for fellow ACC program Duke in 2020. A native of Grayson, Ga., Brice spent three seasons as a member of Clemson's football program, graduated from Clemson in May 2020 and threw for 2,170 yards while passing for 10 touchdowns in 11 starts at Duke as a master's student during the 2020 season. - High County Press

(DS#15 QB) rJr/2022 QB Chase BriceAppalachian State
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  Appalachian State completed a 9-3 season with a 56-28 win over North Texas State in the Myrtle Beach Bowl on Monday. Starting quarterback Zac Thomas, who threw for 20 touchdowns with 11 interceptions this season while completing 63.7% of his passes, declared for the NFL draft on Tuesday. That leaves the Mountaineers in need of an experienced quarterback next season. Brice intends to take advantage of that opportunity. - Herald Sun

(DS#18 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zac ThomasAppalachian State
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  It didn't take long for Appalachian State to find its quarterback for 2021. A day after three-year starter Zac Thomas officially announced he would not use his extra eligibility, the Mountaineers secured the commitment of grad transfer Chase Brice, who announced the decision on Twitter. Brice has played for two ACC programs, spending his first two seasons at Clemson before becoming the starting quarterback at Duke this season.

The addition of Brice is a needed bridge from Thomas, who threw for at least 20 touchdowns and 2,000 yards a season under three different playcallers, and the future of the position. The Mountaineers signed two quarterbacks in the 2021 recruiting class: DC Tabscott and Andre Goodman. They also signed two in the last class as well with Navy Shuler and David Baldwin-Griffin, the latter of whom opted out this season and is not longer part of the program. - Winston-Salem Journal


(DS#15 QB) rJr/2022 QB Chase BriceAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Zac Thomas, App State, QB,...In receiving All-Sun Belt recognition in each of his three years as a starter, Thomas ended the 2020 regular season with a 31-6 record - good for the second-most wins among active FBS quarterbacks. He ranks third in the league in passing efficiency this season. - Appalachian State Football

(DS#18 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zac ThomasAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Jalen Virgil, App State, Return Specialist,...Virgil returned a kickoff 100 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of the win at Georgia Southern, and Daetrich Harrington was leading the Sun Belt in rushing yards per game (99.2) and rushing touchdowns (seven) before he suffered a season-ending injury. - Appalachian State Football

(DS#27 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jalen VirgilAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Kaiden Smith, App State, DB,...Smith, a first-year starter as a senior safety, made a career-high 12 tackles in the regular-season finale, ranks third on the team with 64 stops and has defended 10 passes (two interceptions, eight PBUs) this season. - Appalachian State Football

(DS#43 FS) rSr/2022 FS Kaiden SmithAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Thomas Hennigan, App State, WR,...Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams rank No. 2 and No. 7 among active Sun Belt players in career receiving yards, and in nine of App State's 11 games, one of them has posted at least 60 receiving yards. - Appalachian State Football

(DS#64 WR) rSr/2022 WR Thomas HenniganAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Daetrich Harrington, App State, RB,...The Mountaineers were represented on the third team by senior safety Kaiden Smith (DB), senior quarterback Zac Thomas (QB), senior receiver Thomas Hennigan (WR), senior receiver Malik Williams (WR), senior left guard Ryan Neuzil (OL), senior returner/receiver Jalen Virgil (return specialist) and junior running back Daetrich Harrington (RB). - Appalachian State Football

(DS#34 RB) rJr/2022 RB Daetrich HarringtonAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Ryan Neuzil, App State, OL,...The Mountaineers were represented on the third team by senior safety Kaiden Smith (DB), senior quarterback Zac Thomas (QB), senior receiver Thomas Hennigan (WR), senior receiver Malik Williams (WR), senior left guard Ryan Neuzil (OL), senior returner/receiver Jalen Virgil (return specialist) and junior running back Daetrich Harrington (RB). Neuzil has started 43 straight games at left guard. - Appalachian State Football

(DS#36 OG) Sr/2021 OG Ryan NeuzilAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Malik Williams, App State, WR,...Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams rank No. 2 and No. 7 among active Sun Belt players in career receiving yards, and in nine of App State's 11 games, one of them has posted at least 60 receiving yards. - Appalachian State Football

(DS#160 WR) rSr/2022 WR Malik WilliamsAppalachian State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION: Henry Pearson, TE,...App State's four players named All-Sun Belt honorable mention were senior defensive end/tackle/H-back Caleb Spurlin, junior safety Ryan Huff, junior tight end Henry Pearson and sophomore outside linebacker Brendan Harrington. Pearson, who suffered a serious injury in the 2020 opener, worked his way back into the lineup by App State's fifth game and ended the regular season with three catches for a career-high 62 yards. - Appalachian State Football

(DS#63 TE) rJr/2022 TE Henry PearsonAppalachian State
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